UPDATE: Nope! Charlie Sheen has shot himself in the foot this time, it appears. Michael Schneider, TV Guide’s L.A. bureau chief confirms that the outspoken actor has been “terminated” by Warner Brothers. Not just suspended or placed on hiatus, but permanently fired. Oh well. At least he’s still got that animated project going for him.
It seems that Charlie Sheen‘s ubiquitous media presence as of late might reap some benefits for the actor. Although his hit series, Two and a Half Men, was recently canceled, there are rumors circulating that he might return to the show… as long as a few changes are made.
According to RadarOnline, Sheen would return if Don Reo, the show’s current consulting producer, in addition to being a writer and producer, could take on something of a mediator role between Sheen and Chuck Lorre, the series’ showrunner. Lorre, you might recall, was called out by Sheen during his various interviews with the press and even wrote a letter to Lorre which was published on celebrity gossip site TMZ:
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.
He’s like Chaucer, this one.
The NY Post has details of the (possible) compromise, sharing that Reo would “take over the day-to-day running of Two and a Half Men while Lorre focuses on his other shows, The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly. Lorre would continue to receive the same pay despite his reduced role.
Is this a case of “everyone winning” (the “Charlie Sheen winning” jokes stop here, folks) as a network gets to keep the main actor of its immensely popular sitcom, or are The Powers that Be at CBS catering to – and perhaps even enabling – a troubled celebrity?
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