CBS, Warner Bros. shut down 'Two and a Half Men'

Thursday, 24 February 2011 09:20 PM Written by 

c_sheenAfter a day of crazy and crazier remarks Charlie Sheen made, CBS and Warner Bros. pulled the plug on the remainder of the season of "Two and a Half Men." And you can't help but wonder if it's the beginning of the end of the show, period.

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Prior to today, Sheen had been somewhat combative in his remarks but "Men" executive producer Chuck Lorre had also been cutting, writing on one of this end-of-show vanity cards, "If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I'm gonna be really pissed." When that aired a few weeks ago, Sheen seemed to take it as a compliment.

But when he called into a radio show today, Sheen turned on Lorre.

"I didn't care about that vanity card, I went straight home and dispelled that, that was actually one of the few compliments that clown has paid me in frickin' almost a decade," Sheen said, per The Hollywood Reporter. "I embarrassed him in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that this un-evolved mind cannot process. I’ve spent, I think, close to the last decade I don’t know effortlessly and magically converted your tin can into pure gold. And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write."

Later in a call to TMZ, Sheen reportedly said, "I violently hate Chaim Levine (Chuck Lorre).  He's a stupid, stupid little man and a [expletive] punk that I'd never want to be like. ... That's me being polite."

CBS and Warner Bros. responded with a polite but terse statement: "Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen’s statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of 'Two and a Half Men' for the remainder of the season."

The show had been scheduled to resume production on Monday and was expected to produce and additional four episodes for the 2010-11 TV season, still four short of what CBS had ordered.

What is not clear to me is why CBS and Warner Bros. chose to shutter production rather than continuing on without Sheen. Couldn't they have Sheen's character go out of town for a few episodes? It's a tactic other shows have used in the past (see: cousins Coy and Vance on "Dukes of Hazzard"). Granted, it doesn't usually work out well for anyone but it seems like a preferrable option to putting the show's crew out of work and leaving CBS with a gaping hole in its Monday night schedule.

UPDATE: As if he hasn't done enough damage, the CBS/Warner Bros. decision prompted Sheen to write an open letter that I'm sure TMZ was only too gleeful to publish. An excerpt from the letter, which is directed at Lorre: "I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon. Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words -- imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists. I urge all my beautiful and loyal fans who embraced this show for almost a decade to walk with me side-by-side as we march up the steps of justice to right this unconscionable wrong."

UPDATE II: Now Sheen has allegedly sent a text message to Radar.com, claiming he'll leave CBS to do a show for HBO. What makes him think anyone is ever going to want to work with him while he's in his current state?

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