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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.
Meanwhile, 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.)
He later launched a web series, Sheen’s Korner, and embarked on a comedy tour, My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option, that was alternatively booed and given a standing ovation, depending on the city. During the tour, he often expressed a desire to return to the show.
Sheen also filed a $100 million lawsuit against WBTV and Lorre on behalf of the Men cast and crew, asking for punitive damages after the eighth season was cut short. Two weeks ago, he suffered a legal setback when a Los Angeles Superior Court judge declined to exercise jurisdiction over the suit, meaning the case will likely be confined to a private arbitration.
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 and Angus T. Jones.
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