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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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Scene 1 Finale': Alan comes home hears noise upstairs, does his usual rude insensitive thing and walks into Charlies bedroom without permission. Charlie is banging Judith. Alan faints, clutching his chest. Upon wakening house is empty hears noise downstairs is going to confront Judith and Charley, but Alan now hears noise and music blaring from Jake's room, again goes in uninvited and finds Jake is banging Candy. Faints again! Commercial:
Act2: Alan wakes goes into his room and slips into bed crying and wakes up Dr Melnik who he has been doing-since they both realized they were gay.
Charlie moves into Judiths and they get married, Jake moves in with Candy, Chelsea is doing Charlie and Alans Mom. Charlie throws everyone out of his house sells it and thats "THE END".

April 02 2010 at 5:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hey, me and freddie only watch the show because charlie makes it funny.. freddie never used to like it that much... :/ he mustn't go out of it..

it must be one of the best tv programmes on a night time.. :)

good luck xx

March 05 2010 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Saying Charlie Sheen is not "necessary" for Two and a Half Men is ridiculous. With that said, he's not the first star of a series that had a drug problem. Maybe this is his bottom. I hope he gets the help he needs... for his own sake.

February 27 2010 at 12:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"The best show on TV"
"Funniest show since 'I Love Lucy.'

Really? Seems to me like it aims pretty low. "Larry Sanders" was funny. "Fawlty Towers" was funny.
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" is funny. "30 Rock" is funny.

Sheen and Co....? Not so funny unless you're entertained by sophomoric one liners.

February 26 2010 at 11:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that Charlie Sheen really adds alot to this show, his charisma is something you don't see in the others in the show. Jake could use some change in his lines and also they could at least show that he has some intellectual tendency instead of him always making him seem so brainless and they not saying so in front of the character. This is so insulting even in real life and it's not funny. I like this show because of the funny ways that situations are met . I hope they keep this show on .

February 25 2010 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Charlie Sheen is a huge part of the show yet all of the whole ensemle very talented cast is also awesome , each one complements all of the others i love Chelsea by the way she is great!!! Charlie Sheen i wish you the best of luck in rehab and come back very soon your fans love you and respect you ! I surely do!!and I know many more do as well ! Charlie Sheen has an awesome talent and knack for comedy and more ,,,, he is a great actor Alan is also quite awesome,and witty ,,, it is a great example of an ensemble cast

February 24 2010 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Chelsea was on the pilot of 21/2M

February 24 2010 at 4:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is one of my favorite shows. I always watch the reruns and the Monday night show. Candy needs to get back with Alan. They make a cute funny couple. Chelsea needs to go.! Jake is good, he needs more lines, leave him alone, he is just a kid. He needs to be seeing that black teenager girl. Her father is very funny. Need another kid on the show, Jakes brother needs to grow up quickly to be added to the show. The shrink is funny. Charlie makes the show!!

February 24 2010 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Some of you are wrong, if you take Charlie out of the show it will crash and burn. He is the star of the show and always will be. But lately Jon Cryer has had some trouble of his own where they are not filming in front of a live audience anymore and if you have noticed they don't have Jake around as much either. All this could kill the show, but I would miss the show. The big bang theory has to be the most BORING show to date . BRING BACK BECKER! Loved that show the most and it could still be brought back, with the right writers.

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