Chuck Lorre creator of TWO AND A HALF MEN has canceled the final four episodes of the show when Charlie Sheen when on a rant calling Lorre a “charlatan who chose not to do his job and a piece of shit, and a stupid, stupid little man.”
Sheen went on to criticize alcoholics anonymous by saying that there is only a 5 percent success rate. He also said he cured himself with “his mind” after 4 weeks of drug and alcohol treatment.The trouble started when he went on a 36 hour binge and resulting in being hospitalized.
Two and a Half Men hasn’t been cancelled. Not yet. While shooting has been shut down for the season following Charlie Sheen’s off air meltdown and rantings against the hit show, there is still some room to save the Monday night darling without him.
Here are our ideas of how Two and a Half Men can be saved….
Just write him out. Make it One and a Half Men and a Hilarious Housekeeper. Really Sheen was only playing himself anyway and I’m sick and tired of seeing him.
In light of the news that Two And A Half Men had halted production for the season, it appears as though the show may be canceled altogether.
CBS still has reruns airing through March, but as of now there are no plans to resume filming for new episodes in the fall. Not even a recast would happen, since Chuck Lorre is said to be “vehemently opposed” to the idea.”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. I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon.”
Sheen had challenged Lorre, whose real name is Chaim Levine, to fight him in an ultimate fighting-type match for control of the show. For the entire letter, click over to TMZ.___
PREVIOUSLY:Charlie Sheen called himself a Vatican assassin. Fitting — he just killed his show.
CBS announced that, in the wake of his withering attacks on “Two And A Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre, they are canceling production on the rest of the show’s season.
“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,” a statement from the studio and network read.
Just Wednesday, the network announced that Sheen had returned to work and that they would film four new episodes. The show had taken a hiatus as Sheen headed to rehab, though he argued with the network over the decision — and the pay the cast and crew were missing out on.
Sheen, in an interview with Alex Jones and later with TMZ, ripped Lorre in attacks that some saw as anti-semitic.
Sheen told Jones:”I’m tired of being told ‘You can’t talk about that, you can’t talk about that.’ Bull S-H-I-T. There’s something this side of deplorable that a certain Chaim Levine — yeah, that’s Chuck’s real name — mistook this rock star for his own selfish exit strategy, bro. Check it, Alex: I embarrassed him in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that his unevolved mind cannot process. Last I checked, Chaim, I spent close to the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold. And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write. Clearly someone who believes he’s above the law.”Talking to TMZ, Sheen said, “I violently hate Chaim Levine (Chuck Lorre). He’s a stupid, stupid little man and a p**sy punk that I’d never want to be like.
Send Uncle Charlie to rehab. If the show wants to explain the extended and probably permanent absence of Charlie Sheen’s character they can send him off to rehab. Maybe that would inspire the actor to finally head to rehab himself.
Send Charlie Overseas for a Job and Bring on a New Obnoxious Character. Yep give him a job in Japan or on a cruise ship. Maybe they can bring back his brother Emilio Estevez to be the new butt of the joke. Or let Martin Sheen take over the role of Charlie, his hard hitting lifestyle just finally caught up with him.
Send Charlie Off and Bring on a Nice Character. I know it goes against the grain, but Spin City replaced Michael J. Fox with Charlie Sheen so they can try going the other way by replacing Sheen with Fox this time around.
Charlie Sheen’s rant heard ’round the Internet already caused the production on ‘Two and a Half Men’ to shut down, but that’s just the beginning of the aftermath. His meltdown leads to a ton of other questions, not the least of which is: Does this mean ‘Two and a Half Men’ will be cancelled?
We all knew that this was going to happen, but we didn’t know it was going to happen in such an entertaining way.
As my fellow Squadder Mo Ryan reported yesterday, CBS pulled the plug on the rest of the mega-hit sitcom’s season based on “the totality of Charlie Sheen’s statements, conduct and condition,” which was likely code for “He’s gone off the deep end and we can’t deal with it anymore.”
Given his latest statements to TMZ and the Alex Jones radio show, many of which were directly aimed at “Chaim Levine,” a not-so-subtle and vaguely anti-Semitic reference to producer Chuck Lorre’s given name, CBS and Warner Brothers really had no choice.
So, what happens next? We address some of the questions at the top of our minds:
Is this the end for ‘Two and a Half Men?’
Unless Sheen completely breaks down — or worse — between now and ‘Men’s’ eighth-season production start date in July, it doesn’t seem like either CBS or Warner Bros. is willing to shut production down completely, and it all comes down to the almighty dollar.
Sheen is contracted through an eighth season; any buy-out they may try to negotiate with him would seem like a waste of money, because it would be almost as much as what they’d pay him to do the show. And, within Sheen’s latest rants, he’s always expressed a willingness to work, as he mentioned in his first interview with Dan Patrick last week. “They said, ‘You get ready, we’ll get ready,” and I got ready, went back and nobody’s there.” He told a ‘Good Morning America’ reporter this morning that he’s planning on going back to work on Monday, when it was supposed to come back from its hiatus, whether the show’s in production or not.
Besides, the show makes both the network and WB buckets of money; according to Lacey Rose at Forbes, ‘Men’ was second only to ‘American Idol’ in generating advertising revenue in 2010. And Warners is making a mint on the show in syndication and other avenues; even with the show’s increased cost in its later seasons, the syndication package gives them incentive to keep the show going.
Could CBS and Warner Bros. replace Sheen with another star?
It’s possible, given how much money the show makes for CBS and Warners. A new star wouldn’t be that much more expensive than the $1.2 million per episode that Sheen was making.
And for those who say that no one can replace Sheen on the show, then you’re not remembering recent Hollywood history. Sheen himself replaced the very popular Michael J. Fox on ‘Spin City’ a decade or so ago, when Fox had to bow out due to Parkinson’s disease. No one thought the show would do well because it was centered around Fox, but the show ended up running two more seasons because the writers managed to figure out how to keep the show going without its star.
The same thing is happening this season as Steve Carell makes his way out of ‘The Office.’ It may not be the ideal way to produce a show, but where there’s a will — and lots of dollar signs involved — there’s a way.
Will the crew get paid for the unproduced episodes?
Even though the Hollywood Reporter reported that Sheen and the rest of the cast won’t be paid for the four episodes that ended up being cancelled — and that was cut down from the original eight left to tape when Sheen initially went off on his most recent bender — all of those people are doing just fine. It’s the crew that people should worry about.
These are people who make middle-class wages, and they depend on the shows they’re working on to be in production for them to get paid. Remember when Conan abruptly quit ‘The Tonight Show’ last year? When he exited, he not only negotiated pay for a lot of his crew, but he paid those who weren’t covered by the agreement out of his own pocket.
Sheen’s rants indicate that he blames Lorre for shutting down the show — “That piece of s–t took money out of my pocket, my family’s pocket, and, most importantly, my second family — my crew’s pocket,” he wrote to TMZ — so there doesn’t seem to be any indication that Sheen is willing to foot the bill for the crew, though there’s still a possibility he could do that.
Aside from Sheen being found dead in a Vegas hotel room, the biggest threat to ‘Men’ continuing is actually the status of the crew. If they don’t get paid for a third of the season, as it stands now, they’ll have to find work elsewhere. If enough of them move on to other projects, would CBS, Lorre and WB be willing to risk their money-making franchise on a largely new crew?
Is Sheen going to HBO?
Sheen texted Radar Online that he’s going to be negotiating a contract with HBO to do a show called ‘Sheen’s Corner’ for what Sheen claims is $5 million per episode.
“It will be epic, all types of guests and we will focus on the truth and the absurd!” he told the Radar reporter in what sounds like more of a show Sheen’s conceived in his head rather than an actual show.
HBO has denied that it’s in talks with Sheen, but that might mean that they just can’t talk because he’s still under contract for ‘Men.’ However, this does seem like there’s more than an even chance that ‘Sheen’s Corner’ is more of a hallucinatory fantasy on Sheen’s part than an actual show. It could also be Sheen making a sardonic and cryptic joke. But you never know in Hollywood.
What really went on behind the scenes on ‘Men?’
Lorre has had to deal with difficult stars before, from Roseanne Barr to Cybill Shepherd to Brett Butler (in fact, he dealt with them all right in a row, an ordeal he’s documented and spoken about many times), and Sheen seems like he’s part of that group.
But for most of ‘Men’s’ run, it seemed like the agita Sheen was giving Lorre was due more to his off-the-set behavior and not the on-the-set diva behavior that Lorre experienced with the other three stars. Every report you heard from Lorre and CBS was that Sheen was on-time, professional, did his job and never showed up to work drunk or hung over.
But Sheen’s latest rants, where he calls Lorre a “contaminated little maggot,” among other insults, makes you wonder what was really going on behind the scenes. This anger for Lorre doesn’t seem to come simply from the refusal to restart production. This sounds like some repressed anger and resentment bubbling over, Mel Gibson-style.
This statement in particular, from his call to Alex Jones’ radio show, indicates how Sheen has felt about who’s the real creative force behind the show: “Last I checked, Chaim, I spent close to the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold. And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write.”
Is this the end of Lorre’s famous vanity cards?
Anyone who’s followed Lorre’s shows, starting with ‘Dharma & Greg,’ knows about Lorre’s vanity card, shown at the end of every episode of every show he produces. It was usually different almost every time out; some of them would have Lorre’s musings on life, some would have a joke, and others would have his ruminations on being part of the television-industrial complex.
But he’s also used these vanity cards to take shots at Sheen, including the recent one where he stated how healthy he lives and concluded “If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I’m gonna be really pissed.”
Monday night, however, he decided that it was time to stop writing these cards for the time being. “These days it seems like every vanity card is getting scrutinized and criticized by network executives, corporate legal departments and publicity departments, TV journalists and tabloid bloggers,” he wrote, saying that for now he’ll just post pictures of innocuous parts of his body, like an elbow or his hand.
Lorre’s vanity cards were one of the most interesting parts of his shows, and have gained a following of their own, mainly because of the insights they gave into the entertainment business and the psyche of a successful TV producer. Let’s hope that Sheen hasn’t dissuaded Lorre from abandoning them completely.