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Charlie Sheen's Rehab Causes 'Men' To Shut Down

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 23rd 2010 7:55PM
charlie_sheen_two_and_a_half_menAbout a week ago, we were speculating on the question of whether Charlie Sheen's legal troubles would impact on 'Two and a Half Men's' future. Today, it was Charlie Sheen's personal problems that resulted in the show shutting down temporarily. Charlie Sheen has checked into rehab as a precautionary measure.

It's hard to see this as a precaution because for weeks now, Sheen's life has been spiraling out of control. The Aspen situation with wife Brooke Mueller, the felony charges and a relapse into substance abuse of some kind are all proof that, for now, Sheen is not able to continue with 'Two and a Half Men.'

According to The Wrap, shuttering 'Two and a Half Men' for some time could be a problem for CBS. The Monday night schedule hinges on 'Two and a Half Men,' and prolonged reruns when new episodes are airing all around the nine o'clock time slot could drag down the Nielsen numbers. Although considering how strong CBS remains on Monday, it would take more than some reruns to cripple CBS's comedy juggernaut.

The show has been in production till now and they were working on the 19th show out of a 23-episode order, so we won't be missing Charlie any time soon. The Wrap suspects that CBS may have enough episodes in the can so that Charlie's absence won't even be noticed.

It's still possible that Charlie could be written out of an episode or two, which seems like a viable solution. 'Two and a Half Men' doesn't need Charlie Sheen in every episode, but what we're probably seeing here is that the shows have already been written on the presumption that Charlie will be there for every scene. Rewriting would need to be done, but it is do-able. Should the rehab stint stretch beyond a week or two, rewriting will become a necessity.

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