Charlie Sheen: No New TV Show, and His 'Two and a Half Men' Character May Die Violently
Rumors of Charlie Sheen’s return to television have surfaced once again, with Radar Online reporting that Sheen has inked a deal for a sitcom with Lionsgate Television that has spurred a bidding war among networks including TBS.
A representative for Lionsgate, which produces Showtime’s Weeds and AMC’s Mad Men, would not comment on the report. And a TBS spokesperson denied that the network is about to return Sheen to TV.
“TBS is not in discussions for a possible project with Charlie Sheen,” said the rep.
Radar reports that Sheen’s character will be similar to the arrested development party boy he played on CBS’ Two And a Half Men, only “a lot racier.”
The story follows a previous report on Radar that had Sheen returning to TV in an HBO project called Sheen’s Corner that was to come with a per-episode payday of $5 million. HBO denied the report.
Meanwhile, TMZ reported Monday that Two and a Half Men producers have finally come up with a way to eliminate Sheen’s character from the show.
In the CBS comedy’s season premiere in September, the episode will reveal that Charlie Harper, the character whom Sheen played for seven and a half seasons before being fired in March, has died. Among the scenarios that co-creator Chuck Lorre and the other producers are mulling include having Harper drive off a cliff.
TMZ argues that the move would ensure that Sheen could never return to the show, though technically he could appear in a flashback or a dream if Sheen and the producers someday make nice.
Ashton Kutcher’s entrance also is being mulled, with his character potentially buying Harper’s home after the character’s death.
However, sources insisted to TMZ that the first script isn’t finalized.
Sheen was fired from Men in March after a weeks-long media circus that had the actor attacking everything from Alcoholics Anonymous to Lorre. He called his bosses at Warner Bros. TV and CBS “Nazis” and turds” and Lorre a “maggot.” (He later apologized.)
As THR first reported, Kutcher signed on to replace Sheen in May, just ahead of CBS’ upfront presentation to advertisers in New York.
Kutcher brings a youthful fan base to the CBS show, as well as a big online profile with 6.7 million Twitter followers, which could help CBS promote the show, which also stars Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones and Holland Taylor.
Sheen recently suffered a legal setback when a Los Angeles Superior Court judge declined to exercise jurisdiction over the actor’s $100 million lawsuit against Men studio Warner Bros. and Lorre. Sheen wanted the case to be heard at a jury trial thereby pressuring Warner Bros. to settle to avoid embarrassing details emerging. But now an arbitrator will likely hear the case, keeping the whole skirmish out of public view.
'Last month, Sheen wrapped his Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option comedy tour, which recovered after a notoriously rocky start that had the actor being heckled by underwhelmed ticket holders and alternately booed and given a standing ovation depending on the city. He also often during the tour expressed his desire to return to Men, but a return to series television comes with practical, but not insurmountable roadblocks given Sheen’s well-publicized battles with alcohol and drugs.
Advertisers previously expressed little concern for Sheen’s off-screen behavior, including a 2009 arrest for domestic violence, while he was on a top-rated sitcom. But his erratic behavior throughout the Two And a Half Men debacle is likely enough to give any production company pause before inking a deal with him.