Well, it finally happened. Charlie Sheen pushed the folks who run the hit CBS show Two and a Half Men – of which he is the star – too far. As a result they cancelled the rest of the show’s eighth season with only 16 episodes completed. How did this happen, you may ask?
By now most people know that Sheen has been in party mode for last few months. Porn stars, briefcases of cocaine, mysterious car accidents, trashed hotel rooms, and other events have made him a household name. Theses stories have only resulted in a ratings spike for Two and a Half Men, which has led to the show’s producers, CBS, and Warner Bros. standing behind Sheen despite his off-the-wall behavior.
But as of today it appears that everyone has decided that Sheen is no longer worthy of their protection. On a radio show, Sheen went on a bizarre rant that included anti-Semitic remarks toward Two and a Half Men co-creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre, his theories on self-rehab, and a host of other bizarre ramblings.
As a result, a statement was issued earlier today that stated: “Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen’s statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of Two and a Half Men for the remainder of the season.” So season eight is done and now we just have to wait for season nine, right?
I don’t think so. Sheen lashed back via a statement to TMZ earlier with another rant that may result in the series’ demise for good. The opening to the statement to TMZ reads: “What does this say about Haim Levine [Chuck Lorre] after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me. I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows … I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can’t handle my power and can’t handle the truth.” Ouch! Would you still have a job if you said this about your boss? Doubtful.
I think Sheen is a fine actor. I have loved his work in the Hot Shots! and Scary Movie films, as well a host of other movies. His work on Two and a Half Men has always been top-notch, and at the tapings of the show I have been to he always comes across as professional, respectful, and kind.
But as we know, and I’m sure the eventual E! True Hollywood Story: Two and Half Men will tell us, there’s always a dark side to every story. Sheen has apparently been quite verbal in his hatred for series co-creator Chuck Lorre and has threatened him with physical violence and other nasty words.
Sheen’s conduct can only be seen as infuriating, especially for the cast and crew of the series. If they don’t work they don’t get paid, and now with the series in free-fall toward ultimate cancellation I’m sure the crew and others are scrambling to find work ASAP.
If Two and Half Men does leave CBS it’s possible that Chuck Lorre’s second show, The Big Bang Theory, will take its place on the Monday schedule. It’s possible that his third series on the network, Mike & Molly could move to that slot, but all of this is mere speculation.
I’m a big fan of Two and a Half Men. I think what Sheen has said about his boss and others is despicable and should not be tolerated. I think the right thing was finally done and the series being cancelled for the remainder of the season or for good shows that the producers, Warner Bros., and CBS are no longer willing to enable Sheen’s raucous behavior.
Could the show continue without Sheen in season nine? It would be a crazy way to end the series, but it could be done. Even with the producers, CBS, and Warner Bros. making it clear that no such thing would happen, it’s still interesting to speculate how they could pull it off:
There are two ways I see it happening. First, they would have to kill off Charlie Harper who in his will leaves the Malibu beach house to Alan and Jake. Judith divorces Herb who then moves into the house with Alan and Jake. Then you have to make Alan more of a womanizer and Herb the down-on-his-luck dope. I don’t know. Just speculation.
Or, Jake could knock-up some girl, she has a baby boy, dumps him on Jake, and Alan and Jake have to raise him. Again, the Two and a Half Men title still works, and Jake is more like Charlie when it comes to the ladies so the dynamic would remain similar.
I feel bad for the cast and crew of the series who have probably been waiting for something like this to happen, but at the same time praying that it wouldn’t. Not everyone on the show makes nearly two million an episode, and there are many crew members who are just hardworking folks who have families to feed and take care of.
No matter what happens next – and we all know this won’t be over for a while – at least we have almost eight full seasons of laughs and hilarity with Charlie, Alan, Jake, Berta, Evelyn, Rose, Judith, Herb, and the rest of the gang. We’ll do out best to keep you updated, but for all the stories related to Charlie Sheen and Two and a Half Men, check out TMZ.com or DeadlineHollywood.com.
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