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Chuck Lorre: Revamping 'Two and a Half Men' Was Exciting (EXCLUSIVE)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 12th 2011 11:55PM
TV Guide Magazine features Chuck Lorre & his starsThe very public battle between Charlie Sheen and his one-time 'Two and a Half Men' boss Chuck Lorre has been well-documented, but since relaunching his hit CBS series with Ashton Kutcher, Lorre hasn't said much about his former star's "winning" meltdown and subsequent replacement.

In the latest issue of TV Guide Magazine, which hits newsstands Thursday, Dec. 15, Lorre talks to editor Michael Schneider, who's been teasing that the man of many multi-cam sitcoms finally tells all.

But it's worth noting that it's Emmy winner Jon Cryer -- not the recently gossip-plagued Kutcher -- who's gracing the cover with Lorre, along with 'Mike & Molly' funny lady Melissa McCarthy and Jim Parsons of 'The Big Bang Theory,' who've both also taken home Emmy love for their Lorre-created roles. He must be doing something right ...

We've got the exclusive first tease of TV Guide Magazine's interview with Lorre, including why the revamp was so "exciting" and how life imitated art for hard-partying, goddess-worshipping Sheen, who'll forever be linked to (and compared to) his now-departed TV alter-ego Charlie Harper.

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'2011 Video Game Awards': Charlie Sheen Presents Best Shooter (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 12th 2011 4:30AM
Charlie Sheen, '2011 Video Game Awards'When you think of video games, you may not think first of Charlie Sheen. But Spike TV invited him to the 2011 'Video Game Awards' (Sat., 8PM ET on Spike) to present the award for Best Shooter, which was won by 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.' So Sheen explained to the audience why he was there.

He started with a graphic explanation of a tense showdown in a typical first person shooter video game. It was inevitable that he was going to joke that this was just another day in his personal life, which he did. His adventure was interrupted by a call from his agent.

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Twitter's Year in Review: Which TV Stars and Shows Were 'Hot Topics' in 2011?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 5th 2011 8:25AM
It's that time of year again, when everyone starts looking back over the past year and compiles 'Best of' and 'Worst of' lists. Twitter's been unveiling its annual 'Year in Review' since Thursday and has just published its 'Hot Topics' lists.

Uber-Twitter user Charlie Sheen's clearly still winning online: Last week AOL announced that Sheen was our most searched-for celebrity in 2011, and now he's claimed the top spot in the Twitter "Actor" Hot Topic.

Plus, one of his stranger obsessions -- #tigerblood -- came in at Number 2 in the "Hashtags" category (just behind #egypt).

Check out who and what else made the cut after the jump.

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TV Stars Pay Tribute to Patrice O'Neal, Comedy Central to Air Stand-Up Special

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 30th 2011 5:45AM
Patrice O'NealPatrice O'Neal's untimely death at the age of 41 has left the world of comedy in mourning. Since the news broke Tuesday a flood of tributes to the comedian have poured out from TV stars and celebrities including Charlie Sheen, Sarah Silverman, Questlove, Dane Cook, Ricky Gervais and Kevin Nealon.

Plus, a Comedy Central spokesman told TMZ that the network is "broken up" by the news and will pay tribute by re-airing O'Neal's stand-up special 'Elephant in the Room' tonight.

O'Neal's last national TV performance was at the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, and his mocking of Sheen was considered to be one of the highlights of the show. Last night Sheen took to Twitter to pay tribute: "The entertainment world as well as the world at large lost a brilliant man today. Patrice had that rare 'light' around him and inside of him. I only knew him for the few days leading up the Roast. Yet I will forever be inspired by his nobility, his grace and his epic talent. My tears today are for the tremendous loss to his true friends and loving family."

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CBS Chief Les Moonves Thinks 'Two and a Half Men' Could Last for 'Many Years'

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 18th 2011 3:30PM
Les MoonvesYou could forgive CBS CEO Leslie Moonves for being a little stressed; after Charlie Sheen's acrimonious exit from 'Two and a Half Men' earlier this year, America's biggest sitcom was in serious danger of imploding, leaving the network wondering if they might have to slaughter their golden goose just to save face.

Against all odds, 'Two and a Half Men' bounced back bigger than ever with the addition of Ashton Kutcher this season, but lately it seems as though Moonves has simply traded one headline-grabber for another. From engaging in a war of words with the Village Voice over sex trafficking to making a twit of himself on Twitter with an uninformed comment about Joe Paterno, Kutcher is developing a reputation almost as noisy as Sheen's -- and his impending divorce from Demi Moore over rumors of infidelity won't help matters much.

Still, despite Kutcher's antics, Moonves apparently doesn't think his golden goose is in danger any longer. According to Deadline, the CEO spoke confidently about the future of 'Two and a Half Men' at the recent Hollywood Radio and Television Society Newsmaker Luncheon in Beverly Hills.

"With these numbers, I'm hoping this show will last for many, many years," he insisted, also praising Kutcher's performance. "We're more than happy with how well Ashton has done, other than his comments about Penn State."

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Denise Richards Tells 'Chelsea Lately' How She Manages Charlie Sheen (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 16th 2011 4:30AM
Denise Richards, 'Chelsea Lately'When Denise Richards told Chelsea Handler that Charlie Sheen is a big fan of 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!), Handler had a response for him ... since she could assume he was watching.

"Go f*** yourself!" she said directly into the camera. She was kidding, of course. But she was serious in wondering how Richards could have such a calm relationship with someone who "can be such a hot mess."

"I keep it about the kids," Richards said. "I think it's important for them to see us get along." And for as long as she can, she feels they should be protected from some of Sheen's more eccentric behavior, while not keeping them completely away from their father.

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Denise Richards Talks About How She Deals With Charlie Sheen (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 10th 2011 12:30AM
Denise Richards, 'Good Day LA'It seems pretty well established by now that Charlie Sheen is going to be Charlie Sheen, and nothing is really going to be able to make him change who he is and what he does for a good time. Denise Richards talked about how she's come to terms with that, and how she deals with him now, on 'Good Day LA' (Weekdays, 9AM PT on FOX).

She's come to accept his lifestyle and appears to simply work around it. "When he likes to entertain and have fun, he's having fun, and when he's not then we see him," she said of her and the kids she shares with Sheen.

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Gary Busey Books 'Two and a Half Men' Gig, 'New Girl' Adds an Ex and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 4th 2011 8:40PM
Gary BuseyGary Busey is checking into 'Two and a Half Men.' The eccentric 'Celebrity Apprentice' star will play himself in an upcoming episode.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Busey will share a room with Alan (Jon Cryer) in a mental institution. What drives Alan to the facility? Walden (Ashton Kutcher) will donate Charlie Harper's (Charlie Sheen) piano to under-privileged kids. Alan begins to unravel, unable to deal with his brother's death.

Alan will start to believe that he is Charlie in the Mon., Nov. 14 episode of the CBS sitcom.

In other casting news ...

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Why Getting Into Business with Charlie Sheen Is a Terrible Idea for FX

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 28th 2011 2:30PM
Television is a business. Some days, it feels like 95 percent of television exists to remind us of that.

Many shows are made for cynical reasons, by cynical people, in order to rake in the cash that props up multinational corporations. So much of the time, making money is the name of the game and creativity and originality are afterthoughts, if that.

But I've staked my career on the idea that television is more than a business, that it can be an art as well. Those of us who approach this gig with that belief -- with anything other than a cynical attitude, that is -- are liable to get blindsided by pointed reminders that cynicism and opportunism are the standard operating modes in Hollywood.

Yesterday, we got one of those reminders. I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised that FX got into business with Charlie Sheen via his new show, 'Anger Management,' but it was hard not to feel disappointment.

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FX Acquires Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 27th 2011 6:55PM
Charlie Sheen FX Anger ManagementIs Charlie Sheen's winning streak back on? The former 'Two and a Half Men' star just got a new job.

Sheen will return to TV next summer in 'Anger Management' -- a small-screen adaptation of the Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson comedy from 2003 -- FX Networks president John Landgraf announced today.

FX has ordered 10 episodes of sitcom 'Anger Management,' with production set to begin in early 2012. Writer-producer Bruce Helford will act as executive producer and showrunner.

But we're not just talking about one season -- if the show is a hit, FX will pick up an additional 90 episodes under a unique syndication model crafted by Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury for multiple Tyler Perry sitcoms and Revolution's and Ice Cube's 'Are We There Yet?' The series will air exclusively on FX until the off-network episodes start airing in broadcast syndication in fall 2014.

"We think that Bruce Helford, Joe Roth and Charlie Sheen have come up with a wonderful, hilarious vehicle for Charlie's acting talents -- and a character we are very much looking forward to seeing him play," said Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks. "'Two and a Half Men' has been an outstanding component of FX's schedule for the past 14 months, and we have every confidence that 'Anger Management' will soon be as well."

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Charlie Sheen 'Extremely Disappointed' With New 'Two and a Half Men'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 24th 2011 9:45AM
Charlie SheenHonestly, after all the bitterness and mud-slinging that went on for most of this year, we didn't think Charlie Sheen would be able to play nicely with the 'Two and a Half Men' camp for much longer. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at Casa Sheen when he heard that the Season 9 opener got a whopping 28 million viewers without him ...

Sheen said that he "loved" the new Kutcher-led 'Men' when it debuted, but now that ratings for the comedy have dropped off by 50 percent since then, he's let it be known that he's not happy with the direction that 'Men' is headed in.

According to TMZ, Sheen said he's "extremely disappointed" with the way the show's producers are "handling what I left behind." When asked by a photographer for an explanation of why the audience numbers have been plummeting, he said "People aren't stupid ... not all of them."

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Dr. Drew Doesn't Think Charlie Sheen's Sobriety Will Last (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Oct 17th 2011 5:30PM
Dr. Drew Pinsky is a favorite guest of 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox). Williams, who is a former cocaine abuser, has always been fascinated with celebrity addictions, and a couple of weeks ago offered her couch as a "safe place" for Charlie Sheen, who appeared sober and healthy. Today she got Dr. Drew's perspective on Sheen's recent recovery.

When Williams asked Dr. Drew if he believed Sheen is now sober, he carefully said, "I believe he's abstinent right now." He went on to explain that if Sheen is an addict, and that all signs point to the fact that he is, then "he will go back. That's just the way addiction works."

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The Top 10 Highest Paid Actors on TV

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 12th 2011 5:15PM
The Top 10 Highest Paid Actors on TVIt's no secret that being on TV can be a very well-paying gig, but do you know just how much some of your favorite actors are making?

Forbes has released its annual list of the Top 10 highest paid actors on TV and the usual suspects -- Charlie Sheen, Hugh Laurie, Ray Romano -- are still present. However, some of these actors have already left their TV homes, and others might not have shows to pay them after this year.

Sheen's off 'Two and a Half Men' and production on his new sitcom has yet to begin, Romano's 'Men of a Certain Age' was canceled and it's looking like this could possibly be the last seasons for 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'House.'

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Is 'Two and a Half Men' Cursed?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 5th 2011 6:10PM
'Two and a Half Men''Two and a Half Men' has survived its fair share of TV scandals. I mean, we all saw what happened to Charlie Sheen, right? But the latest headlines about Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's marital troubles have us asking: Is 'Two and a Half Men' cursed?

Hear me out. During his eight-season stint on 'Men,' Sheen racked up two marriages and divorces, the birth of four children, an arrest, a stint in rehab, the departure of his two best goddesses and one very public personal and professional meltdown.

Now that Kutcher has taken the reins at 'Men,' his personal life and six-year marriage to Moore have become the focus of an increasingly salacious series of reports. Rumors have been swirling about naked hot-tubbing with a 23-year-old girl (the same age as Moore's eldest daughter, Rumer Willis, I might add), and the latest headlines say that he's moved out of their house.

For a couple hitherto known for tweeting playful and sexy pictures of each other, their cryptic Twitter activity of late is quite a 180. And the timing couldn't be more interesting ...

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Is Kim Kardashian the Most Annoying Celebrity?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 30th 2011 7:20AM
Kim KardashianYes, according to some people. Kim Kardashian has the dubious distinction of being named "The Most Annoying Celebrity" according to people who voted in Parade.com's poll of irritating famous people.

The reality TV star clinched victory from the no longer "winning" Charlie Sheen. Between them the pair garnered a whopping 56 percent of the votes, proving that a lot of people really do find them annoying.

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