Charlie Sheen: TBS Denies Report Detailing Return to TV
The actor supposedly inked a deal with Lionsgate Television, which would not comment on the rumor.
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.
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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.
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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 series co-creator Chuck 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.
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Warner Bros. has recast Two And a Half Men with Ashton Kutcher starring opposite Jon Cryer. 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. But a return to series television comes with practical, but not insurmountable roadblocks given Sheen's well-publicized battles with alcohol and drugs.
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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.