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Two and a Half Men: TV Show to Continue, Sheen Signs New Contract

Charlie SheenAfter a couple months of well-publicized contract negotiations, Charlie Sheen has signed a new contract to remain on Two and a Half Men. Does this mean that the TV show’s end is in sight?

Currently in its seventh season, Two and a Half Men stars Sheen and Jon Cryer as Charlie and Alan Harper, two brothers living the single life together. The “Half Man” in the title doesn’t seem very appropriate anymore since it refers to Alan’s nearly full-grown son, Jake (Angus T. Jones). Conchata Ferrell, Holland Taylor, and Marin Hinkle also star.

As the highest-rated sitcom on television right now, Two and a Half Men is a big money-maker for CBS. It also makes a lot of cash for the show’s studio, Warner Bros., from the network and syndication sales. They make so much from the show that they certainly don’t want it to end. And that means keeping the show’s star as happy as needed.

Despite being the highest-paid sitcom star on television right now, Sheen wanted a pay raise when his contract came up for renegotiation. He currently makes about $900,000 per episode (including backend profits). The execs reportedly offered him $1 million an episode but Sheen countered with $2 million and made noise that he was considering leaving the show.

Now, Sheen has made a new two year deal to stay with Two and a Half Men . Terms of the new deal were not made public but it’s believed that the actor is getting significantly more than what the studio initially offered.

Sheen, via his publicist, released this statement: “To put a fitting end on the two and one-half months of whirlwind speculation, I’m looking forward to returning to my CBS home on Monday nights. I want to thank (CBS Corp. president and CEO) Les Moonves for his support.”

With Sheen in place for the next couple years, one has to wonder if the 2011-12 season will be the end of the show?

If the ratings remain strong, CBS would likely want to keep it going. If the ratings decline, Sheen wants even more money, or if there are enough syndicated episodes, it might not make financial sense for it to continue.

What do you think? How long can Two and a Half Men continue? What should be done once Jake becomes an adult? Follow him at college years or keep him at home?

 

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shirley waskiewicz July 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I love the show. I have all the seasons on dvd. I want Rose to return. She was different and now we just have Charlies’ fiancee. I like all the cast members. I am amazed at Jake.and keep him in for sure. Berta, Alan, Judith and Evelyn all bring something to the show. This is what makes the show so interesting and funny.

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Toni Hutton July 4, 2010 at 11:31 am

Jake and Charlie’s communications are what make that show, Alan is a decent straight man. Berta is also hilarious and should have more dialogue.

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franz chong May 31, 2010 at 5:35 pm

This show in Australia is over exposed AND I stopped watching a while ago preferring fresh programming like Home and Away or during the summer months How I met your Mother at the same time of day.What Disgusts me over at Nine with this 2.5 men is that It is they are cheaper than Alan Harper to even consider during ratings seasons bringing back the Price is Right or an all new Temptation with new hosts and sets.

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sam white May 22, 2010 at 9:21 am

i think that jake should go to a county college and we should follow him for college it will give and 1/2 men more humourous to jakes problems

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Heather May 20, 2010 at 8:10 am

i think that its crazy for them to keep this show on. Ghostwhisper is better then this show.

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Karlene May 20, 2010 at 7:50 am

I think it is ridiculous for anyone to make that kind of money per episode when there are so many homeless and starving people in the United States. I have been a fan and watch it everyday and the reruns repeatedly, but I will not watch it any longer. That kind of money is just insane! The show hasn’t been nearly as good this year anyway.

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Liz L May 19, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Really glad the show will stay on, but plz bring back more episodes with Berta, Evelyn and of course Jake. Lately its just been alot of Charlie and Allen. Whats happened to Allens ex and her new spouse and baby? They had some great storylines out of them too. Plz include Rose in a bit more also.

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Gary C May 19, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I’m glad Charlie is back on board. But the entire cast is magnificent. From Judith to Evelyn and Berta as well as Rose, Kandi, Mea and Chelsea now even Courtney Thorne-Smith as Alan’s new love interest. And of course Alan and Charlie. They’re all superb.

As for the show continuing with Jake growing up. They did do that little fantasy bit in one episode where Alan and Jake worked the concession stand at a movie theater sometime in the future. With Jake growing up so far the show has just gotten better, Angus T. Jones is maturing into a fine comic talent. I think the show could go on and on for a long time. Hope it does.

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Karen W May 19, 2010 at 5:55 am

I really enjoy the show and I am very happy it will continue. I think it is the funniest show on the air right now. I actually think Alan, Jake , Berta and Evelyn could do the show without Charlie if he didn’t renew his contract. They are all awesome. I hope Jake will continue to do comedy after the series ends. I think he could be our next John Candy.

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marielle May 19, 2010 at 2:28 am

sign this and stop with Ghostwhisperer who’s idea is this.
charlie sheen is old and stupid watched it ones not a big succes in the netherlands thank god. stupid show stupid charlie sheen.

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Monteh May 18, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I say this show needs to keep going. One of my favorites. I think they keep Jake at home while he decides what to do with his life. Give him odd entry level jobs which he thinks are below him and are keeping him from gettting that car he wants.

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anne May 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm

I hate that show. I stopped watching it a few years back. It was the same thing every show. Charlie thinks he is hot, he’s not. Some stupid woman goes for him. The kid is stupid. The lady yells. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

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Hugh G Rection May 18, 2010 at 2:45 pm

He is worth the money.Its a great show.

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Jeremy Rynek May 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I’m conflicted honestly. On one hand I really like the show and wouldn’t want it to go away, but on the other hand I dont want CBS to really put all their eggs in one basket. What I mean by that is this: I heard their low-balling more than half the main cast of NCIS to renew their contracts. I don’t know how much of that is really true or maybe exaggerated, but something needs to be done. And as for doing the show without Charlie, thats a death wish period. No Charlie no Two and a half men. But if they can somehow work to not bankrupt themselves over Charlie Sheen and not low-ball the 1 hr Drama actors then they should find a way to do it quick. Otherwise the other actors arent gonna think their just as important and want more money. I said this earlier, this could start a bad chain reaction. Everyone knows what I’m talking about.

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Anonymous May 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Do you have to find fault with everything?

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Laura May 18, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Ridiculous

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