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Demi Lovato Won't Return to 'Sonny With a Chance'

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 19th 2011 4:45PM
Demi Lovato'Sonny With a Chance' is officially not getting its Sonny back.

Demi Lovato
told People today that following her stint in rehab for "physical and emotional issues," she won't return to the hit Disney show about a kids' sketch comedy series.

"I don't think going back to 'Sonny' would be healthy for my recovery," Lovato told People. "Being in front of a camera would make me nervous."

Instead, the 18-year-old will pursue her already successful music career. Lovato has released two albums with Hollywood Records.

"It made sense for me to go ahead and leave the show to focus on my music," Lovato said. "It's kind of sad for me that a chapter of my life has ended but there couldn't be a better time for me to move on."

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Why Charlie Sheen Must Return to 'Two and a Half Men'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 7th 2010 1:03PM
My colleague Danny seems to think that Warner Brothers and CBS should show Charlie Sheen the door and let him leave the series, even though the network and production company are committed to two more years of 'Two and a Half Men.' And my other fellow TV Squadder Jason has kiddingly suggested seven characters who could fill Sheen's shoes. Well, to paraphrase the words of Dan Aykroyd on 'Saturday Night Live,' they are both ignorant sluts!

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Seven Possible Recasts for Charlie Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men'

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 7th 2010 9:03AM
Charlie Sheen, 'Two and a Half Men'While nobody wants to see him go, of course, in practical terms we must consider the possibility of a 'Two and a Half Men' without Charlie Harper. While the show has been renewed through the next two seasons, Charlie Sheen has expressed interest in leaving; his contract is up this season. Even if it's just a negotiating ploy, CBS is probably considering how the show could continue without him.

Tiger Woods was immediately interested in doing the show after he'd heard how many different women Charlie has slept with, but he backed out when he found out it was all acting on the show. Luckily, the PGA welcomed him back with open arms mere moments before the entire sport collapsed.

Conan O'Brien was briefly considered, but NBC said no before they even heard what it was. When advised that he probably wouldn't be needed until next September, when the network's hold over O'Brien expires anyway, they relented. "At least," no one from NBC actually said, "...it would keep him the hell away from 11:30."

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Deciphering the Charlie Sheen 'Two and a Half Men' Situation

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 2nd 2010 2:01PM
charlie_sheen_two_and_a_half_men_cbsIt was a shock to read yesterday that Charlie Sheen was reportedly not going to return to 'Two and a Half Men' next season. Could it be true that the star of CBS's top sitcom was ready to walk away from nearly a million bucks an episode because he was ready to "move on?"

Hmm... interesting. If Charlie is well enough to move on to other things, then why isn't he well enough to complete his run on 'Two and a Half Men?' Yes, the mixed signals are as difficult to read as smoke signals.

On one hand, if Charlie Sheen is really so damaged by his personal issues -- domestic upheaval, overzealous partying, the pre-emptive entry into rehab, the sober coach on set to counsel him during his return -- how would he be ready to move on? And if he can't work anymore even with all the help he's getting from the network and the production company, not to mention cast and crew and producers, could he do better elsewhere?

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Heidi Fleiss and Tom Sizemore Clash on 'Sober House' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 26th 2010 2:52AM
Sober House, Tom Sizemore, Heidi FleissIt's no secret that Tom Sizemore and Heidi Fleiss have had their issues on 'Sober House' (Thu., 10PM ET on VH1). But things came to a boiling point on last night's show, when Sizemore gave Dr. Drew Pinsky an ultimatum.

"I'm not staying," said Sizemore. "Either she goes or I go ... so I'm gonna go." Some people are just oil and water, and these two are as oily and watery as they come.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Only 22 Eps for 'Two and a Half Men' This Year

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 23rd 2010 10:00PM
jon_cryer_charlie_sheen_two_and_a_half_menToday was the day for CBS and Warner Brothers to get the bad news about how Charlie Sheen's rehab has affected 'Two and a Half Men.' Instead of 24 episodes as planned, Chuck Lorre announced that there will be only 22 episodes of 'Two and a Half Men' this season.

The original plan was that Warner Brothers would deliver 24 episodes of the top-rated sitcom to CBS, a plus because the more they make, the more revenue is generated. That's not just this year, but syndication, as well.

Unfortunately, the reality is that Charlie Sheen's personal life and the fact that he was compelled to go into rehab has cost everyone involved a lot of money. Hell, as one of the highest paid actors on television, this action has cost Charlie Sheen almost $2 million in salary alone!

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'Two and a Half Men' - 'Ixnay on the Oggie Day' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 23rd 2010 10:02AM
Welcome back, Charlie. I don't mean Charlie Sheen, who came back from rehab and was back at work on the set of the show. I'm talking about Charlie Harper, who has had his man berries crushed by Chelsea and the engagement and the prospect of a June wedding at the Bel Air hotel. For the first time in a long time, Charlie had his old spunky, devil-may-care attitude back. What a relief!

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'Two and a Half Men' Crew Warned to Keep Quiet

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 18th 2010 9:27AM
Generally speaking, what happens in the workplace usually is not meant for media consumption. Unless it's a Karen Silkwood situation, employees know that you don't blab about your fellow workers. Except in show business! Apparently, the very idea of working on a set or in the production offices where glamorous stars are toiling is a reason to yap about what you see.

This is especially true when those glittery vessels of acting have questionable personal lives that have already been selling ad space in newspapers, magazines and web sites. This is all a preface to the report filed by TMZ.com that the 'Two and a Half Men' team have been told to keep quiet about Charlie Sheen.

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Charlie Sheen Will Be Back Taping 'Two and a Half Men' Next Week

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 9th 2010 8:00PM
Charlie SheenDon't worry 'Two and a Half Men' fans. Your show is not ending any time soon.

Charlie Sheen will be released from rehab and resume taping new episodes of the long-running CBS sitcom as early as March 19.

The show went into a temporary hiatus towards the end of last month when Sheen had to check himself into rehab following his domestic abuse charges as a "precautionary measure." His charges and rehabilitation check-in sparked all sorts of speculation, including here at TV Squad, that his presence or lack thereof could grind the show to a halt, but it looks like that isn't the case ... for now.

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If Sheen Doesn't Come Back, Who Takes a Financial Hit?

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 28th 2010 8:52AM
Charlie SheenAlcohol and drugs within Hollywood is not a new thing. The question is, how does it affect the actor's career and the projects he or she is working on. The Hollywood Reporter has posted an interesting article regarding the possible impact of Charlie Sheen entering rehab on the production of 'Two and a Half Men.'

The summary is this: if Sheen has a "morals clause" in his contract, then his behavior could cost him his job. His character is fairly central to the show and the absence of it would be noticeable to the viewer. The producers could use this as an opportunity to renegotiate his salary.

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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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Charlie Sheen Takes Leave From 'Two and a Half Men,' Checks Into Rehab

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 23rd 2010 5:00PM
Charlie SheenAccording to his publicist, Emmy-nominated actor Charlie Sheen will take a leave of absence from 'Two and a Half Men' to check into a rehab facility.

"As a preventative measure, Charlie Sheen has entered a rehabilitation facility. He will take some time off his series 'Two and a Half Men.' He has asked that his privacy be honored. No further statements are planned," said Stan Rosenfield in a statement released this afternoon.

How this will affect filming of the CBS comedy remains to be seen.

Sheen's wife, Brooke Mueller, is also in rehab.

For more on this breaking story, visit PopEater.

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Review: The Closer - Dead Man's Hand (season finale)

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 22nd 2009 2:19AM
I can't believe we're already at the end of the season for The Closer. Alas, it's true. Until next summer, this is it for Brenda and Fritz and the Major Crime Unit. Fortunately, they saved a good one for the finale. Has Brenda been so hip-deep in work that she's neglected the important things in life? That seemed to be one of the concerns, as well as the fun of dealing with someone who -- at best -- is a thorn in Chief Johnson's side. For all that and more, jump to the next page and tell Joel the cat he's not allowed on the table.

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New Fox Shows in Development: 'Rehab,' 'Daylight Robbery' & More

by Scott Harris, posted Oct 20th 2009 4:30PM
Lie to Me on FoxIn the crowded and competitive world of television, creating a strong and recognizable brand is more important than ever. And according to reports, Fox is preparing to solidify their hold on the type of characters they are best known for: addicts, thieves, polygamists and liars.

Leading the slate of shows currently in development at Fox is 'Rehab', a comedy that follows the adventures of a man who fakes an addiction in order to pursue a relationship with an old flame who currently is in rehab.

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TV Squad Ten: Signs your show has made it

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 20th 2009 2:05PM
classic looking tvThe TV is a weird beast. Your show can have ridiculously high ratings, receive greater critical claim than the Mona Lisa and achieve a cult following not seen since the People's Temple, and the network can still pull the plug on you.

TV Land doesn't work like Reality Land, if the Reality Land is in fact reality and not some bizarre reality land where meat-hungry producers are the gods of fate. TV has a different equation for success.

Here are the ten telltale signs that your new show will spend eternity shining in the pantheon of the cosmos and the rest of its life on Best Buy's DVD shelves.

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