Though Two and a Half Men is one of CBS’ highest-rated shows and in the midst of a two-year order, Charlie Sheen’s contract renewal has, for some reason, come down to the wire. It’s pretty clear that, without Sheen, there won’t be a TV show.
Well, TMZ is reporting that, contrary to popular belief, there aren’t any ongoing negotiations. The two sides aren’t even talking right now. Warner Bros. supposedly offered Sheen $1 million per episode to continue making Two and a Half Men but the actor wants $1.5 million. Neither side has gone back to the table with a counteroffer.
On the positive side, both sides believe that a deal will be worked out prior to May 19th, when CBS announces their new fall schedule to advertisers.
That’s good news for the network, especially considering their recent timeslot experiment didn’t work out as well as hoped. CBS replaced this week’s Two and a Half Men with an episode of The Big Bang Theory. The geeky sitcom still performed well but scored a season low for an original episode in the target demo.
Sources suggest that Sheen will end up making about $1.3 million per episode — a hefty pricetag but, considering how much money the studio will make, it’s still likely a very good deal.
What do you think? Would the studio be smart to give Sheen what he wants or is that paycheck just too high? Should Two and a Half Men even continue?
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