As you may have heard, Charlie Sheen is still saying that he’s interested in returning to Two and a Half Men. According to THR, Sheen is still actively working behind the scenes to get reinstated. As recently as last week, the actor was trying to set up meetings with fellow castmembers to make amends and to win their support.
Two and a Half Men’s co-creator and the target of many Sheen rants, Chuck Lorre, is said to have no interest in meeting with Sheen. Additionally, Warner Bros. sources maintain that Sheen will not be back. Of course, it may not help matters that Sheen is still suing both Warner Bros. and Lorre for $100 million over his dismissal.
Now, there’s apparently a plan in the works to “reboot” the popular CBS sitcom.
Ever since Sheen was fired, there’s been lots of speculation about how the show could continue without its star. A source now tells THR that Lorre’s plan is to introduce a new character. Details are being kept under wraps but he’s apparently met with co-star Jon Cryer and told him that the new version of the series will include a significant role for him. The studio and network are apparently aware of Lorre’s plans.
The article mentions sitcom veterans Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Piven, and Bob Saget as possible contenders for the new role but a spokesperson for Warner says that none of them are currently being considered.
Since Sheen’s dismissal, neither CBS nor Warner Bros. have officially said that Two and a Half Men will return for a ninth season. An earlier deal renewed the sitcom through the 2011-12 season but the issues with Sheen could have potentially derailed those plans.
In reality though, there seemed to be little question that the TV series would be back. The venerable sitcom makes far too much money for either side to give up on it. The real question is “When will the sitcom return?”
Sources are supposedly leaning towards a mid-season return. Though CBS would lose a lot of ad revenue in the fall, it would give Lorre, the cast and crew more time to work things out with the new version.
What do you think? Who should replace Sheen? Should he be a Harper relative or someone unrelated? A Charlie Harper clone or someone totally different? A woman?
Image courtesy CBS.