With Charlie Sheen’s replacement signed, Two and a Half Men will begin production this summer.
Two sources close to the deal-making say that the actor is putting the final touches on a deal to replace Charlie Sheen as the star of TV’s No. 1 comedy. The exact dollar figure he will be paid is not known but a source says Kutcher is getting a “huge payday” to join the hit sitcom.
Hugh Grant was deep into final negotiations to replace Charlie Sheen as the lead on Two And A Half Men until he pulled out last night at the last minute due to creative differences. Insiders say he’d been offered more than $1 million an episode.
It is not certain that CBS’s hit comedy Two and a Half Men will return next season, but the show’s studio, Warner Brothers, confirmed Thursday that it was trying to bring the show back without its original star, Charlie Sheen.
Sources report that Richard Neal has been chosen to oversee the fight between Sheen, Warner Bros. and Two and a Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre over Sheen’s firing from the hit CBS show.
Just hours after the international media feasted on Charlie Sheen’s $100 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre comes news that it may not go any further. Warner Bros. has succeeded in officially putting the contract dispute into arbitration.
The fired star of Two and a Half Men alleges that Warner Bros. bowed to executive producer Chuck Lorre’s desire to punish Sheen, and that the producer and Warners conspired to blame the actor for causing production to stop.
Although the eight-year-old show is aging and revolved around Charlie Sheen’s playboy character Charlie Harper, Warner Bros. Television and CBS have every incentive to try to keep it going after producers fired him on Monday. The show, for one, is a huge moneymaker: It is the most popular comedy on the air, and in syndication. But the more important question might be whether viewers will buy a remade show next fall.
The studio said the decision was made after “careful consideration” and that no decision has been made yet on the future of the series.
Charlie Sheen might have tiger blood and Adonis DNA, but it’s far from clear whether the Two and a Half Men star would prevail in what seems like an inevitable legal showdown with CBS and Warner Bros. Television over who is to blame for the implosion of America’s most-watched sitcom. Many showbiz legal experts say they think he has a decent case, especially if reports are true that his deal with WBTV includes no morals clause.
CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves told an investors conference in San Francisco on Tuesday that stopping production on the final eight episodes of this season’s Two and a Half Men is “financially a gainer.”
Warner Bros. Television agreed Monday to pay the crew of Two and a Half Men for half of the eight episodes of TV’s top-rated comedy that were canceled by producers upset about the off-screen antics of star Charlie Sheen.
The troubled star appeared on dueling morning show interviews Monday on NBC and ABC to continue an attack on CBS and producers of his hit sitcom for shutting down the show because of his off-set behavior. NBC interviewer Jeff Rossen appeared taken aback when Sheen said he wanted to be paid $3 million an episode to return to the show. He’s reportedly paid $1.8 million an episode now, one of the highest-paid actors on television.
By halting production on the eighth season of Two and a Half Men,Corp. and Warner Bros. are turning away from a proven hit with both viewers and advertisers.
Undeterred by the shut down of his Two and A Half Men TV comedy, actor Charlie Sheen unleashed a new torrent of messages on Friday as Hollywood backed away from the increasingly erratic star.
In a one-sentence joint statement Thursday evening, the companies said they were ending production on television’s No. 1 sitcom for the season, a decision based on the “totality of Charlie Sheen’s statements, conduct and condition.” The move came following violence-tinged and anti-Semitic radio rant and letter from the troubled actor. The production halt leaves CBS eight episodes shy of the 24 half-hours it had expected to air.
Charlie Sheen’s antics are catching up, and now CBS is paying for them. The troubled actor’s unscheduled hiatus into rehab prompted the network to air a rerun of Two and a Half Men last night, causing CBS to slip to second place for the night among viewers 18-49. This was the first time this February sweeps that CBS didn’t win Monday night. Last night’s Men rerun — the only repeat in CBS’s lineup — posted a 3.0 among 18-49s. That’s not bad for a repeat, but off 29% from a 4.2 for an original episode last week.
CBS’s Two and a Half Men will resume shooting Feb. 28, exactly a month after the show went on hiatus with Charlie Sheen’s announcement that he was entering rehab, according to a studio insider.
Charlie Sheen made another bizarre public statement this morning, this time on live radio. The Two and a Half Men star, who is undergoing rehab treatment at home, called into the Dan Patrick Show to complain that CBS and Men producer Warner Bros. TV would not allow him to return to work despite, according to him, being ready to do so.
Actor Charlie Sheen hopes to be finished with rehab and back on the set of his top-rated CBS comedy Two and A Half Men by the end of February, his spokesman said today.
In a statement Wednesday, the Two and a Half Men star thanked his bosses, CBS chief Les Moonves and Warner Bros.’ TV division President Bruce Rosenblum, for “their concern and support.” It was issued hours after the Los Angeles Fire Department released a 5-minute recording of a 911 call.
CBS has ordered two additional episodes of Monday sitcoms Mike and Molly and Rules of Engagement to help cope with scheduling issues arising from the absence of Charlie Sheen from the hit show Two and a Half Men, according to sources. These extra shows will fill in a schedule with sudden holes caused by the absence of Sheen, who reportedly is attempting a rehabilitation program at home with a trained expert in addiction.
The star of ratings powerhouse Two and a Half Men makes so much money for CBS that the network is willing to forgive his myriad legal and personal transgressions. But as one industry insider notes, there is a tipping point.
Publicist Stan Rosenfield said Friday that the star of CBS’s Two and a Half Men was entering an undisclosed facility. CBS, production company Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Chuck Lorre said in a statement that Sheen’s decision to seek rehab has prompted a halt on the show’s production.
Entertainment President Nina Tassler says the network is worried about Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen “on a personal level” but insists “he does his job extremely well.”
As Charlie Sheen came perilously close on Tuesday to missing his call time on Two and a Half Men, CBS, Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Chuck Lorre were struggling with how to address the problem of their No. 1 star and his private behavior.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Roughly a month after a wild night that left a New York hotel room in tatters and sent Charlie Sheen to the hospital, the drama continues. A woman found locked in the bathroom of Sheen’s suite last month said in a nationally televised interview Monday that the actor used racial slurs […]
Tribune and Sinclair stations re-up with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for the second cycle of the No. 1 syndicated comedy.