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'Two And A Half Men'

On the Chopping Block

4/28/2011 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There's a 50/50 chance "Two and a Half Men" will not come back for a 9th season ... people connected with the production tell TMZ.

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There are certain things we know for sure ...

-- Charlie Sheen will NOT be coming back to the show
-- Chuck Lorre has a plan for re-tooling the show, but no deals with replacement actors have been made.  In fact, no offers have even been put on the table.
-- A decision on the fate of "Men" will be made before May 18.

The Hollywood Reporter says Lorre is thinking of beefing up Jon Cryer's role and bringing a new actor onboard to replace Sheen.  H.R. is saying some of the candidates are Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Piven and Bob Saget.

One well-connected source tells TMZ, "There really is a good chance the show won't come back."

Stay tuned...

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151.

Melissa S    

Why are people blaming Chuck Lorre? Even if he was/is a "difficult boss," who hasn't had to deal with a difficult boss. Charlie Sheen was VERY well paid to deal with difficult. Not to mention Charlie was not exactly the model employee or human being for that matter. Both sides made money of the other.

Charlie burned his bridges in a very public way. More power to him if he wants to tell Lorre, WB and CBS to bugger off. So now Charlie, go away. You stuck it to the man. Now put on your big boy pants and walk away. Your original appeal, before the meltdown, was that you said "forget you, I don't need you and your money." So stop begging for your job back, it is pathetic.

Good luck to all parties involved, everyone needs to move on and let go, it is far too late to turn back now.

1185 days ago
152.

traci    

hey two and a half men is and was a great show there arwe many talented actors on there besides charlie dont punish them bring back the whole cast it will be great

1185 days ago
153.

Laurie    

Ok... here is how you can save the show. Herb is kicked out by Judith and moves in with Alan. Charlie is off in rehab, or killed in a drunk driving incident, or by a husband, etc. and Alan is in charge of the house (or had it willed to him). Now Herb and Alan are living together, dealing with Judith and her rages, trying to pick up women and keep tabs on Jake and his little sister.

1185 days ago
154.

me    

Charlie "jumped his own shark"...and then did one up on that
by creating the worst media image tour in history...IN HISTORY!
I channel browsed Spin City by mistake yesterday and almost
gagged...can't watch him anymore....in anything....couldn't
channel away fast enough. There are probably plenty of good,
hard working actors that would fit the bill, but in the end run,
the bad taste left after all this horrible tour makes it hard to
even consider that any actors would want to be tied into the
"Charlie Sheen" image factory...tainted by it. Alot of the
posting here is about how screwed the writers and ensemble actors are. Charlie is the torpedo...in the shape of a screw..hope he retires for good.

1185 days ago
155.

RoastBeef    

Woody could certainly do it. No, not Saget. UGH!
Chuckie Charlie made his bed and now he's TOO BIG for it.
Everyone is replaceable, including fried egos from Mars.
You LOSE Charlie.
If the show is cancelled, you still LOSE Charlie.
Take to the streets, Sheenius and BEG or keep peddling your one-trick roadshow and conquer the world. You have options.
Lorre has many more options and the talent to do whatever he wants. It won't be long before the world will be asking who's Charlie? Justice is sweet.

1185 days ago
156.

acorn    

Piven and Sagat?? You can't be serious. Way to make it a really bad idea! Harrelson? Super, but I doubt he'd take it.

1185 days ago
157.

Truth    

They're crazy not to bring Sheen back. It would be the biggest TV in years.

Just end the show otherwise. It's Charlie Sheen's show, based om Charlie Sheen's life.

1185 days ago
158.

Lori    

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO...not Piven (dooshe)not Harrelson (pot head) and certainly not Saget (pervert)...

ROB LOWE is the ONLY real choice...come on Lorre, pull your head out and call Rob!

1185 days ago
159.

Denise    

I have a perfect and simple solution that everyone thinks is great but none of the Powers-That-Be pay attention: Vain Charlie wants plastic surgery, so he goes off with a bimbo surgeon. (This can all be established with one-sided Jon Cryer phone calls from Charlie.) We first see Charlie all bandaged in her waiting room with a bunch of other bandaged men. Each one goes into her office and comes out looking like Woody Harrelson(or whoever replaces Sheen). Turns out she has a thing for Harrelson. It could be a running joke for the remainder of the show, like the Jon Cryer/Matthew Broderick schtick. There would be no need to introduce another character or change the dynamics of the ensemble.

1185 days ago
160.

Jodi    

Melissa 42 minutes ago

Why are people blaming Chuck Lorre? Even if he was/is a "difficult boss," who hasn't had to deal with a difficult boss. Charlie Sheen was VERY well paid to deal with difficult. Not to mention Charlie was not exactly the model employee or human being for that matter. Both sides made money of the other.
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Co-sign on that.

As I said before NOBODY is going to fire a person who is making money for them. Charlie said he made billions of dollars for the "suits", so why would they fire him? That's stupid.

I'm sure they gave crackhead Charlie chance after chance to clean up his act because, by this time, his drugging and boozing was more than likely interfering with his job.

We have seen how Charlie blames everyone but himself for what's happening in his life. The only person who screwed up the show, put the rest of the cast members and the crew out of work was Charlie, not Chuck...end of story.

1185 days ago
161.

Italia    


TO: Lori 27 who wrote:

“…ROB LOWE is the ONLY real choice...come on Lorre, pull your head out and call Rob!”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

They already did call Rob Lowe, who grew up with Charlie, but Rob Lowe is already committed to another network who released a statement saying they were enforcing their contract with Rob Lowe and would NOT let him out of it to do “Men”.

1185 days ago
162.

Me    

Lol, that Chuck Lorre, or whatever is his real name, and some stupid suits over WB/CBS have killed a gold mine for purely frivolous and personal reasons, a personal feud between that co-creator and the main actor is removing a 1 billion dollar making show from the air : congrats, I am sure that the shareholders will be pleased by such an economically sound decision... Pathetic.

1185 days ago
163.

pyrochick    

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! Now if I could just hear about Lee Ann Rimes getting her divorce, and Lindsay Lohan doing real jail time, I'd be really, really happy!

1185 days ago
164.

RoastBeef    

@me 40 minutes ago
Charlie "jumped his own shark"...and then did one up on that
by creating the worst media image tour in history...IN HISTORY!
I channel browsed Spin City by mistake yesterday and almost
gagged...can't watch him anymore....in anything....couldn't
channel away fast enough. There are probably plenty of good,
hard working actors that would fit the bill, but in the end run,
the bad taste left after all this horrible tour makes it hard to
even consider that any actors would want to be tied into the
"Charlie Sheen" image factory...tainted by it. Alot of the
posting here is about how screwed the writers and ensemble actors are. Charlie is the torpedo...in the shape of a screw..hope he retires for good.

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I so agree. He's become a BIG repulsive turn-off. He can only blame himself for becoming the Poster Pig for hard-core drugs, arrogance, filth, vanity, cheap hookers, cheap shots and profanity. He worked hard and succeeded. It's pretty clear the Sheenius has outgrown his comfort zone in television land and needs to move on over to a new dimension. He and his cult feel he's far too superior for the general audience.His Torpedo tour has proven that. Having said that, I am humored to hear that he has begged to have his job back when he was the one wanting them to lick his feet as if he was the Risen Christ. The man has no pride. He's rapidly sinking into his own schitzy cesspool and the big THUD is coming soon.

1185 days ago
165.

Denver    

The Alan character has always been annoying. More Alan equates to more annoying. No, thank you. Replacing the lead with another character and having Alan as the new lead will not work. It's not like it's a new Darren on Bewitched. No one noticed. He wasnt the star. BJ replacing Trapper John on MASH kinda worked, but we always missed Trapper. The kid has to be closing in on 20 anyway. Cut the crew a check for making them wait and focus on Big Bang Theory.

1185 days ago
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