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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.

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Will Charlie Sheen's Legal Troubles Muck Up CBS's Fall Sked?

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 18th 2010 10:01AM
charlie_sheen_two_and_a_half_men_2009When the TV executives meet the media at the annual CBS upfront presentation in May, there will be certainty and uncertainty when it comes to the Monday night sitcom anchor 'Two and a Half Men.' The certainty is that it will be in the line up because it was renewed for three years in 2009. The uncertainty is if Charlie Sheen will be on 'Two and a Half Men' in the face of his felony charges in Colorado.

There are implications beyond the obvious question of Charlie being there to do 'Two and a Half Men.' He's one of the highest paid actors on television -- approximately $20 million a season -- which accounts for a big chunk of the operating budget. Whether he's on air or written out for a while, he has to be paid.

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Charlie Sheen to be Charged With a Felony

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 5th 2010 11:59AM
Charlie SheenRemember that little incident involving Charlie Sheen and his wife Brooke that happened in Aspen over Christmas? At first it looked like it might be one of those Hollywood stories that would go away after a while (community service, a fine, whatever celebrities get in situations like this). But now it looks like it's going to be a major case.

TMZ is reporting that the 'Two and a Half Men' star is going to be charged with a felony. "Felony menacing," to be precise. He is also going to be charged with misdemeanor assault. Sheen is going to be arraigned in court this Monday.

Not sure on how all of this will affect the taping of the CBS sitcom. The show has been going through a lot of odd incidents lately.

This isn't the only bit of bad news for Sheen: his Mercedes was stolen earlier today and ended up in a ravine.

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Dennis Farina charged with weapons possession

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 5th 2008 5:22PM
Dennis FarinaThe Law and Order actor was charged with three counts of carrying a loaded weapon. All charges come from his May arrest when he was detained by airport security while trying to board a plane. The former police offer of nearly twenty years tried to get by security with a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol in his briefcase. Farina is looking at up to two and half years in jail and $3,000 in fines if he's convicted on all three misdemeanors. The first count is carrying a weapon in a secured area. The second is possession of a concealed weapon. And the third is possession of a loaded weapon in a public place.

However, the LA county District Attorney is not charging the 64 year-old actor with a felony which would have carried more serious punishment and a larger fine. A spokesman for the DA explained that the office felt a misdemeanor was appropriate.

About the arrest Dennis Farina has said, "It is my own stupidity to find myself in this embarrassing situation."

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CSI's Gary Dourdan avoids jail time

by Allison Waldman, posted May 29th 2008 8:03AM
Gary DourdanOn Monday, April 28, CSI star Gary Dourdan was arrested in Palm Springs, California. He was asleep in his car and when a police officer approached, he found Dourdan disoriented. The actor was arrested after the cop found cocaine, heroin, Ecstacy, miscellaneous prescription drugs and paraphernalia in the car. Despite pleading guilty to drug possession today, Dourdan will not have to do any jail time. In fact, in the deal his lawyer struck with prosecutors, Gary will get treatment for his drug problems. Basically, he lucked out.

"Once Gary completes 30 hours of a diversion program, his case will be entirely dismissed," said his lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, in a statement to The Associated Press. Dourdan won't have to do any time in a drug rehab facility or behind bars, so all things considered, he's very, very fortunate. He could have faced up to three years or more in jail .

Gary has already departed CSI, and in the season finale, his character was seemingly killed in a point blank shooting. However, when Jorja Fox returns for the fall premiere, Dourdan is reportedly in the show. And not as a ghost. So, now that he won't be doing time, he'll have time to film scenes for CSI and, presumably, wrap up the unfinished business of the CSI crew exposing the corrupt under sheriff.

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FBI goes after guy who leaked premiere of 24

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 4th 2007 1:27PM
24The FBI has charged a man with illegally uploading the first four episodes of last season's 24 to LiveDigital.com before the episodes even made air. Chicago's Jorge Romero, 24, could face three years in prison if he is convicted of the felony charge.

According to the FBI, Romero isn't even the original bootlegger. He reportedly found the first four episodes on Mininova.org and uploaded them to LiveDigital and then posted about his uploads on Digg, which got a lot of traffic. The FBI is still hunting for the person who originally "stole" the episodes from Fox. Agents suspect the culprit is somewhere in the chain of DVD distribution. This past season, Fox released the first four episodes of 24 on DVD immediately after they premiered on the network. Those DVDs were sent to distributors several weeks before the season premiered.

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Bam Margera weds; Vincent Margera stands trial

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 6th 2007 11:14AM
Bam Margera and Don VitoIt was a busy week at the Margera estate. Vincent "Don Vito" Margera, Bam's uncle and co-star on Viva La Bam, was ordered to stand trial on felony charges that he groped three girls at a public appearance. If convicted, Uncle Don could face up to six years in prison. That's unfortunate news so let's move on to the good stuff.

Professional jackass Bam got married to childhood pal Missy Rothstein this weekend. The couple wed in front of 350 friends, family and MTV crew members. The wedding will be televised in April as the culminating episode of forthcoming reality show Bam's Unholy Union. Putting in appearances at the wedding were Tony Hawk and James Iha, formerly of the Smashing Pumpkins. Best of all, Iggy Pop performed as part of the festivities. Hot damn. That so beats hiring a fallen American Idol to play at your bar mitzvah. Do you think the bride came down the aisle to "I Wanna Be Your Dog" or "Search and Destroy?"

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