Your Charlie Sheen update: ‘Anger Management’ being shopped to networks

October 18, 2011

Charlie Sheen (Kristian Dowling/KRISTIAN DOWLING/PICTUREGROUP)

On the other hand, you’re busy people — your time is valuable. So we’ve boiled down the report for you:

Everyone except CBS (duh) and TBS — the corporate sibling of “Two and a Half Men” production company Warner Bros. TV — appears to have taken meetings with the production company Debmar-Mercury/Lionsgate TV.

Broadcast networks are considered a long shot. That’s because the Debmar-Mercury model — the one TBS agreed to in launching Debmar-Mercury’s Tyler Perry franchises — falls into the Broadcast TV Life Is Too Short category.

The Debmar-Mercury model (a.k.a. the 10-90 Model) goes like this: You, the network, agree to buy and telecast 10 episodes. Should those 10 hit an agreed-upon ratings threshold, you’re on the hook for 90 episodes more. Period.

So broadcast networks are a long shot — unless one could buy the show with the option of palming it off on a cable cousin should things not work out — such as network/cable cousins NBC and USA or Fox and FX, Deadline and others have speculated.

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