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Charlie Sheen Needs Warner Bros. Approval to Return to 'Two and a Half Men'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 22nd 2011 8:45AM
Charlie SheenWe reported yesterday how CBS is keen to lure Charlie Sheen back to 'Two and a Half Men' if a deal can be done. Now comes word that any possible deal hinges on Warner Bros., the studio who actually makes the comedy, agreeing to have Sheen back.

Plus, amid rumors that Sheen's been meeting with other networks to discuss his future, Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of HDNet, has thrown his hat into the ring and says he and Sheen are in talks about doing a reality TV series.

Jeff Rossen, the NBC 'Today' reporter who landed the first TV interview with Sheen to air since the controversy started, Tweeted Monday that, "To be clear, there are 2 companies involved. Sources say, CBS would be happy to take Charlie back, but he still needs to reach [a] deal with WB."

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CBS Wants Charlie Sheen Back on 'Two and a Half Men' ... If He Makes Nice

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 21st 2011 3:51PM
Charlie SheenIf the prospect of 'Two and a Half Men' without Charlie Sheen seemed like a weird idea to you, then be assured that the folks at CBS were likely tying their stomachs in knots thinking about the same thing.

How do we know? Because apparently CBS wants Sheen to come back to 'Men,' with network honcho Les Moonves personally spearheading the negotiations to get him back.

"Moonves wants to get the show back on the air. He's all for it," a network insider told Radar Online. "He says certain people need to forget anything and everything Charlie's done recently and just move on with the business at hand."

Basically, he wants his underlings at CBS and the folks at Warner Bros., the studio that produces the show and fired Sheen earlier this month, to repair the fractured relationship between Sheen and producer Chuck Lorre. Jeff Rossen of NBC, whom Sheen called a "rock star" after their infamous interview, confirmed the negotiations from Sheen's side.

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Which Shows are TV's Biggest Moneymakers?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 17th 2011 9:20AM
'American Idol' judgesForbes has unveiled its annual list of TV's Biggest Moneymakers, and it contains some really good news for Chuck Lorre -- three of his shows are in the Top 10 -- and some really bad news for NBC: None of their shows made the cut.

The top spot goes yet again to Fox's ratings juggernaut 'American Idol'. Pulling in $7.11 million of advertising revenue for each half hour it's on the air, 'Idol' is way ahead of its closest competitor, CBS's hit comedy 'Two and a Half Men.'

'Men' has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, and the future of the show is uncertain. Star Charlie Sheen's been fired, creator Chuck Lorre's said "I'm so outta here," and production's been stopped.

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Charlie Sheen Sues Chuck Lorre, Warner Bros. for $100 Million

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 10th 2011 2:00PM
Charlie Sheen sues Chuck Lorre and Warner Brothers for $100 million.Charlie Sheen has put his money where his mouth is, so to speak -- the actor just filed a $100 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre for firing him from his hit CBS sitcom, 'Two and a Half Men,' TMZ reports.

Sheen spoke out on the lawsuit via -- what else? -- his Guinness World Record-setting Twitter account, writing "You corporate Trolls were warned. And now you've been served!"

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OWN Revamps Lineup, Jeri Ryan Guests on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 8th 2011 1:00PM
OWNOprah Winfrey is shaking things up at OWN.

The network, which launched in January, hasn't been performing as well as the talk show host had hoped, and the New York Post reports that network brass have been shaking things up behind the scenes.

"We're doing a lot of changes to the schedule," a spokesman for OWN told the Post yesterday. First up: moving OWN's highest-performing show, 'Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes,' to Sunday nights.

The "reboot" will focus on celebrity reality shows, with 'Behind the Scenes' anchoring the new schedule. There will also be another advertising push.

In other TV news ...

'Body of Proof' star Jeri Ryan is moonlighting for an episode on the final season of 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent.' The actress tweeted about the gig yesterday, saying "Phew! Just got back to my room after a good but long shoot day on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. I start slightly-less-dark & early tomorrow!" [Twitter]

Author Michael Chabon and wife Ayelet Waldman have sold a pilot about magicians and con men who fight Hitler. 'Hobgoblin' is in the early stages of development at HBO. Chabon and Waldman will co-write the script. [Variety]

Chuck Lorre has hired his own lawyer to fight this Charlie Sheen mess. Also in today's Sheen news: a possible live show from the embattled star. [THR Esq., Radar]

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Charlie Sheen Says He Was Fired by Text Message, Claims 'Two and a Half Men' Bosses Still Have to Pay Him

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 8th 2011 7:05AM
Charlie SheenIt's been a busy 24 hours in the world of Charlie Sheen. Since being fired by Warner Bros. yesterday for alleged "moral turpitude," Sheen's gone on the offensive. And how.

He's unleashed some "Truth Torpedoes" online, he's downed a bottle of "tiger blood," wielded a machete whilst yelling "Free at last!", advertised for a "winning" intern (form an orderly line), said he was fired by text and claimed that his termination breaches the terms of his contract.

So what's going on? Why was he fired? How was he fired? And does he really have a "Michael J. Fox" clause in his contract?

All will be revealed after the jump ...

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A Fired Charlie Sheen Is Not Winning This Round -- Chuck Lorre Is

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 7th 2011 7:00PM
As you've no doubt heard, Charlie Sheen has been fired once and for all from the hit sitcom 'Two and a Half Men.' So is it now called 'One and a Half Men'?

In all seriousness, it looks as though the show might continue, but without the infamous actor. Whatever happens going forward, it looks as though CBS and Warner Bros. Television, which makes the show, decided enough was enough, and that it was time to coddle a different ego.

Someone is winning here, and it's Chuck Lorre, the creator of 'Men.' It's certainly not Sheen.

Let's be honest: Who's going to want to hire Sheen for substantial film or TV commitments in future? Sure, a shlocky reality show is probably a given at this point, or maybe Sheen will keep doing his own "show" via Ustream. But the kind of paydays Sheen was making on 'Men' are probably a thing of the past (who'd insure him, for one thing?).

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'Two and a Half Men' Creator Chuck Lorre Breaks Silence: 'I Am So Outta Here!'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 1st 2011 9:12AM
Chuck LorreDuring the increasingly bitter Charlie Sheen–vs.–Chuck Lorre–and-CBS public feud, both sides have slung insults at each other with abandon. Lorre called Sheen "a degenerate," and Sheen responded with a whole bunch of slurs.

In recent days Lorre vowed to stop writing his trademark "vanity cards" and has since remained silent, but now, following Sheen's marathon round of TV interviews, he's broken his silence ... Kind of.

Eagle-eyed viewers spotted a rambling rant on one of Lorre's famous vanity cards in the closing credits for his other show, 'Mike & Molly,' last night. Reading like a riposte to some of Sheen's odder pronouncements in recent days, it ends "I am so outta here!"

The vanity card came two weeks after Lorre posted a provocative one in the closing credits for the last episode of 'Two and a Half Men.' That one read "If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I'm gonna be really pissed."

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Charlie Sheen Steps Up His War on CBS in Epic 'Piers Morgan Tonight' Interview (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 1st 2011 8:15AM
Charlie Sheen, 'Piers Morgan Tonight'Charlie Sheen has apparently decided to fill the free time afforded him by his sobriety and the abrupt end of 'Two and a Half Men''s season by going on every television show he can find to talk about it.

His latest entry was 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN), where he toned down the rhetoric of earlier interviews and spoke somewhat eloquently about the situation he finds himself in.

As Sheen described it, he was never fully comfortable on the show. "I never cost the production or the show or the studio or the network any money, as far as missing a show or missing a day that was a money day," he said. The bottom line, as far as Sheen is concerned, is that what he did in his personal life never impacted the show.

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Charlie Sheen Regrets The Cigarettes But Not The Drugs (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 1st 2011 6:00AM
Charlie Sheen on 'Piers Morgan Tonight'Charlie's Sheen's whirlwind media tour continued on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (Weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN), where he sat down for his first live television interview since the recent controversy erupted.

He was a bit more contrite then he had been in interviews aired earlier in the day. He backed off from the financial demands he had been making of CBS, and he apologized for a remark he made about 'Two And A Half Men' co-creator Chuck Lorre that was perceived by some to be anti-Semitic.

But Sheen remained fairly unrepentant about the wild lifestyle he's led.

"If you had your time again, would you ever get into drugs?" Morgan wondered.

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Charlie Sheen to TMZ: 'Sorry My Life Is So Much More Bitchin' Than Yours'

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 28th 2011 2:45PM
Charlie SheenThe Charlie Sheen media blitz continued this afternoon with a live stream on TMZ.com. The 'Two and a Half Men' star sent messages to his fans, his famous father, his kids and posed even more questions to both CBS and 'Men' creator Chuck Lorre.

Sheen spoke to TMZ's Mike Walters live from his home, with two "goddesses" and some friends. He criticized 'Good Morning America''s interview with him as "slanted," but praised 'Today''s Jeff Rossen.

The star had previously vowed to return to work on Tuesday, March 1, even if his show wasn't in production, but now Sheen claims the studio has circulated a memo to all the security guards advising them not to let him in.

"What are you guys hiding from?" Sheen asked. "I don't understand. I don't understand what I did wrong except live a life you all got jealous of."

Following Sheen's explosive interviews, the actor's longtime publicist, Stan Rosenfield, has quit.

"I worked with Charlie Sheen for a long time and I care about him very much. However, at this time, I'm unable to work effectively as his publicist and have respectfully resigned," Rosenfield said in a statement.

Read more of Sheen's TMZ interview after the jump.

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Charlie Sheen 'Today' Show Rant: 'Men' Hiatus, Chuck Lorre and Relapsing (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 28th 2011 12:30PM
Charlie Sheen Argues CBS Had No Right to Shut Down 'Two and a Half Men'Troubled 'Two and a Half Men' star Charlie Sheen gave an interview on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), arguing that CBS had no right to put the sitcom on hiatus, that show co-creator Chuck Lorre is guilty "dictatorial laziness," and that a relapse isn't even a remote possibility.

When asked if CBS had just cause to end the sitcom's production early this season, Sheen replied, "No, because ... they observed a guy hitting every mark, nailing every line, every joke with a full house, screaming."

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Charlie Sheen Spoils ABC's 'Exclusive' by Talking to NBC's 'Today'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Feb 28th 2011 8:08AM
Charlie SheenLast week radio listeners got more than an earful of Charlie Sheen's rantings and ravings, and now TV viewers can also get in on the act.

It's been reported that the 'Two and a Half Men' star caused even more controversy over the weekend by giving interviews to not one but two TV networks, with the each racing the other to be the first to air this morning.

First, he sat down Saturday with ABC's Andrea Canning, in what the network said was "an exclusive" interview. ABC ran promos for it during last night's Oscars telecast, and planned to air the interview in segments of 'Good Morning America' Monday and Tuesday, with a one-hour special Tuesday night at 10PM ET.

But then he gave another interview, this time to NBC's Jeff Rossen, on Sunday. And in a move that The Hollywood Reporter says resulted in "apoplexy" over at ABC News, the rival network said it will air the interview during early segments of this morning's 'Today' show.

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ABC News Correspondent Andrea Canning Shares Texts From Charlie Sheen (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 25th 2011 1:30PM
Correspondent Andrea Canning Shares Texts From Charlie SheenOn 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), ABC News correspondent Andrea Canning shares texts she received today from Charlie Sheen, in which the 'Two and a Half Men' star continues his one-man war against the sitcom's co-creator Chuck Lorre.

"He told me he's 100 percent clean ... and he also tells me Chuck Lorre is a 'loser' and a 'clown' and a whole lot worse than that," said Canning.

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Is 'Two and a Half Men' Cancelled & More Burning Questions

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 25th 2011 1:15PM
Charlie Sheen in 'Two and a Half Men'Charlie Sheen's rant heard 'round the Internet already caused the production on 'Two and a Half Men' to shut down, but that's just the beginning of the aftermath. His meltdown leads to a ton of other questions, not the least of which is: Does this mean 'Two and a Half Men' will be cancelled?

We all knew that this was going to happen, but we didn't know it was going to happen in such an entertaining way.

As my fellow Squadder Mo Ryan reported yesterday, CBS pulled the plug on the rest of the mega-hit sitcom's season based on "the totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct and condition," which was likely code for "He's gone off the deep end and we can't deal with it anymore."

Given his latest statements to TMZ and the Alex Jones radio show, many of which were directly aimed at "Chaim Levine," a not-so-subtle and vaguely anti-Semitic reference to producer Chuck Lorre's given name, CBS and Warner Brothers really had no choice.

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