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An Article from the Hollywood Reporter
Charlie Sheen Fired From 'Two and a Half Men'
1:36 PM PST 3/7/2011 by Mark Cina , Lacey Rose
The actor fires back: "Now I can take all of the bazillions, never have to look at whatshiscock again and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists."
After a weeks-long media circus that had Charlie Sheen attacking everything from Alcoholics Anonymous to Two and a Half Men’s co-creator Chuck Lorre, Warner Bros. Television has decided to fire the No. 1 comedy’s star.
"After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services on Two and a Half Men effective immediately," Warner Bros Television said in a statement Monday.
Reached by TMZ, Sheen, 45, said: "This is very good news. They continue to be in breach, like so many whales. It is a big day of gladness at the Sober Valley Lodge because now I can take all of the bazillions, never have to look at whatshiscock again and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension."
A Warner Bros spokesperson tells THR that no decision has been made on the future of the show.
Sheen plans to sue, his lawyer Marty Singer tells THR.
“We will sue,” Singer said Monday in a phone interview. “It’s a matter of when. It could be this week, it could be in a little while. We’re in no rush. But we will sue.”
Singer has exchanged a series of increasingly rancorous letters with Warner Bros. since production on the hit CBS series was shut down in February. The litigator said he was not surprised Warners moved to terminate Sheen’s employment, but he maintains his position that the studio is in breach of its agreement with Sheen despite the actor’s erratic behavior and incendiary comments directed at Lorre. “They have no basis to suspend or terminate Charlie Sheen,” Singer said.
The news comes just a week-and-a-half after the studio halted production for the remainder of Men’s season, stating: "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." Since the season's suspension, Sheen has launched a Twitter account (he now has more than 2 million followers) and has gone on a media blitz, criticizing Lorre and other execs. Throughout his press tour, Sheen has remained optimistic about Men returning. In an interview that aired last week on ABC's 20/20, he said, "I don't know if Chuck and I can ever work together again. But maybe guys just sit in a room and just go, 'Look, we hate each other. Let's continue to make some great television.' Maybe that's possible."
Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that if Two and a Half Men was forced to shut down permanently, it could jeopardize as much as $250 million in domestic syndication revenue for producer Warner Bros. Television and millions more in lost ad revenue for CBS.
In its eighth season, Men is the most-watched comedy on television, averaging 14.7 million viewers, while it is second only to ABC's Modern Family among the ad-coveted younger demographic of 18-49-year-olds. CBS sells 30-second spots in Men for more than $200,000, according to media buyers, generating more than $3 million per episode. Kantar Media reports that the show grossed CBS more than $155 million in ad revenue last season alone.
An Article from the Washington Post
Ashton Kutcher makes his ‘Two and a Half Men’ debut
By Lisa de Moraes
September 19, 2011
Throughout the civilized world, and in portions of Hollywood, one question alone has been on every lip for weeks: How will “Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre kill Charlie Sheen’s character, Charlie Harper, and will viewers accept Ashton Kutcher as the series’ new star?
Monday night, all was revealed. Literally, in Kutcher’s case.
Charlie Harper died a terrible death, off camera, when he slipped on a Metro platform in Paris and fell in front of an oncoming train, and his body exploded “like a balloon full of meat.”
Yes, we’re in for a half hour of Chuck Lorre comedy with malice.
Sheen’s—uh, Harper’s—death scene was recounted by eyewitness Rose – Charlie Harper’s longtime stalker, played by Melanie Lynskey – who was the heavily veiled guest at Charlie’s funeral, telling family, friends, and lots of women who came to spit on the body – fooled, them, he was cremated -- that she’d gone to Paris with Charlie, he’d proposed to her, and the next few days were the happiest of her life. Only she came back one day after shopping and found him with another woman. But she forgave him, because she loved him unconditionally. Except that, in one of those unfortunate coincidences, it was the very next day Charlie took his “spill” at the Metro.
Oh, and Kutcher, who plays heartbroken internet billionaire Walden Schmidt, is introduced to the show’s millions of fans, as the guy who suddenly appears, soaking wet and looking like a scared kitten, on the balcony of Charlie’s Malibu house -- which Charlie has left in his will to brother Alan Harper (Jon Cryer), only with three mortgages, so it’s being sold.
Alan, stunned at the sight of Soaking Frightened Kitten Guy, accidentally tosses Charlie’s urn of ashes and Charlie’s remains are scattered all over the living room—and Kutcher literally walks right over them. Talk about your symbolism!
John Stamos comes to the open house. He decides he can’t buy it when he remembers that he and Charlie – Harper, that is -- engaged in a drunken threesome in the living room, during which the chick unfortunately passed out, but he and Charlie kept going. Lorre keeps piling on the Charlie Harper character assassination.
Dharma and Greg – yes, the characters from that other Lorre sitcom -- walk through Charlie’s house. She loves its feng shui, only they get into a fight in which Dharma threatens to take Greg’s rich family for every penny, and he air-shoots himself in the head as they walk out. Yes, still a comedy.
Ashton uses Alan’s phone to call his wife to tell her he has just flung himself into the ocean to kill himself because she has dumped him. Only he didn’t realize the water would be so cold. She tells him to buzz off. Alan tries to console Walden by telling him about the time his wife dumped him and he was brokenhearted and broke, just like Walden is now. Walden tells him he’s an internet billionaire. Alan convinces him to join him at a bar and pick up women. Walden strips off his wet clothes. All of them. Cryer delivers the line about how Walden is not only worth a billion dollars he’s “hung like an elephant.” We speculate as to whether that line was negotiated in Kutcher’s contract to join the show.
At the bar, Kutcher successfully picks up two dumb chicks by crying about how much he loves his wife who has dumped him. Back at Charlie’s house, the two chicks take Walden up to Charlie’s bedroom and they have a three-way, leaving Alan downstairs – just like old times.
The next morning, Walden emerges downstairs, nude and pixilated, to the kitchen where housekeeper Berta (Conchata Ferrell) is working. Big laugh in the studio audience, big implication Ashton really shot this in the buff.
“I dig your house, so I’m going to buy it,” Walden, still naked, tells Alan. He hugs Alan. Naturally, because this is a Chuck Lorre sitcom, at that very moment, in walk Alan’s ex-wife Judith (Marin Hinkle), and son Jake (Angus T. Jones).
“This is Walden and he’s going to buy the house,” Alan tells them, embarrassed.
“I like him” ex says of naked Walden.
OK, we’re beginning to get it. Now that Jake is growing up, we’re gonna get Alan fathering the guileless Walden — a sort of “Forrest Gump” with a laugh track, or “Of Mice and Men” with “well-hung” jokes!
An Article from the New York Daily News
CBS' successful sitcom 'Two and a Half Men' bids farewell after 12 seasons
By David Hinckley
| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
Feb 15, 2015
It's time to roll over, turn off the light and kiss goodnight to television's most successful celebration of casual sex.
With or without Charlie Sheen, CBS' sitcom "Two and a Half Men" wraps up its 12-season run Thursday at 9 p.m. It was a long ride, it sometimes got rough, and in the end it was good for pretty much everyone.
"'Two and a Half Men' was very much a magical show," says creator Chuck Lorre. "There were no STDs and no alcoholism. Nobody got hurt. It was a make-a-wish kind of show.
"That's not how the real world works. We knew that, we hoped we could find some way to make people laugh, even inside that."
He did. For its first 10 seasons, "Two and a Half Men" averaged 13-15 million viewers, and while the last two have dropped off, it's still in the 10-million range.
Those are still hit numbers, even without counting the tens of millions of dollars its reruns earn annually in syndication.
So it's fair to call the finale a television milestone, and it has its own special-added-attraction bonus drama question: Will Lorre bring back Sheen, who starred for eight seasons before almost blowing up everything, including the show and himself, in early 2011?
Since Sheen's Charlie Harper character was pronounced dead and given a funeral in the first episode of the ninth season, that might seem a stretch.
Finding a way to resurrect him would not, however, be anywhere near the weirdest thing that ever happened on a TV show.
So there has been a running buzz for months about whether Charlie Harper could return, with Lorre repeating only a stock response: "I think viewers will be very, very satisfied with the finale. That's all I'm going to say."
Similar though quieter speculation has swirled around Angus T. Jones, who was the "half man" for the show's first 10 seasons before he joined the Army and was packed off to Japan.
Like Sheen, Young famously trashed the show while he was still on it. Young said that in retrospect he thought "Two and a Half Men" had morality issues.
That may have been the one aspect of the show about which Sheen never complained.
Should Sheen return he could meet his replacement, Ashton Kutcher, who stepped in as Walden Schmidt for the last four seasons.
Lorre, for the record, says he loves both the big lugs.
"It would be inappropriate to not acknowledge the extraordinary success we had with Charlie," he says, "and how grateful I am, and we all are, for his contribution.
"There's nothing but good feelings for the eight and a half years we worked together."
Shortly after they stopped working together, in early 2011, Sheen called Lorre "a contaminated little maggot."
But the healing hands of time seem to have kicked in, and Lorre says that in crafting the finale he wanted to acknowledge both the Charlie and the Walden years.
" It's tricky, it's a sticky wicket," he says. "Because, in a way, the show morphed into something else entirely for the last four years, and it's something we love, and we want to honor both."
Lorre is partly right here. Schmidt was a much different character than Charlie Harper. But the fundamental things still applied, a point Kutcher made to TV critics last month.
Talking more broadly about the success Lorre has enjoyed with sitcoms that also include "The Big Bang Theory," "Mike & Molly" and "Mom," Kutcher said they share a common thread.
"These shows work because they're all built on family," he said. "They're all built on these obscure, broken, beat-up, messed-up families that are just like yours.
"If it's two straight guys acting like gay guys so they can adopt a kid, that's a family. If it's a bunch of kids in a dorm room talking about physics, and whatever, that's a family.
"Broken, messed-up families. If you have one, you know what one's like, and you can really relate to it, and it's fun to laugh at. Because, ultimately, you laugh at yourself."
Kutcher is also partly correct. He's just not mentioning the casual sex part.
Charlie Harper, on whom the show was built, had almost as total an obsession with women as the real-life Sheen. He also had no interest in commitment, so a good part of his life and conversation involved either sex or its prequels and sequels.
Since Charlie seemed impervious to opposite views that any of these women might have held, he only faced one lingering consequence from his behavior.
Though it did turn out to be serious.
Early in the story he had a one-night stand with a neighbor, Rose (Melanie Lynskey), and when he seemed indifferent to a second night, she began stalking him.
This was a case where stalking seemed to sort-of work, because Charlie flew to Paris with her at the end of season eight.
Then never returned.
In the opening episode of season nine, Walden's debut, we were told that Charlie had been killed by a subway train in Paris, with vague hints that Rose might have been involved after she discovered he was cheating on her.
You wouldn't think that would have come as a surprise.
The show's other man, Jon Cryer's Alan Harper, started out as the flip side of Charlie's coin. While bruised from a divorce he hadn't wanted, Alan seemed to have kept faith in commitment.
In fact, he got married again at the end of the third season, though that too collapsed in pathetic chaos. Hey, it's a sitcom, not a rom-com.
By the Walden era, though, Alan seemed to fall into bed with a whole string of women, all of them attractive.
Walden didn't rack up quite the same score as Charlie, but he got around.
Moreover, if anyone feared the sexual content would diminish when Sheen left, Kutcher dispelled that with his first entrance, for which he was stark naked.
"Two and a Half Men" didn't introduce sex to the television sitcom, and didn't have any single scene that sent the needle to places it had never been.
But this matter-of-fact attitude toward casual sex in a show that routinely drew 14-15 million viewers certainly didn't discourage subsequent creators, writers and producers from taking away a few lessons and tips.
Lorre, who says he was "a struggling musician until I was 35" and started creating sitcoms, calls "Two and a Half Men" the foundation on which all his other shows were constructed.
"None of this happens," he says, "had that show not been such a phenomenal success."
Or, to quote the show's most famous alumnus, winning.
An Article on Two and a Half Men
Rude Awakening: The Low-Down on the Long Ride of 'Two and a Half Men'
CBS's Crass Comedy Was a Cash Cow
By Anthony Crupi. Published on February 19, 2015.
When the hoary old Chuck Lorre sitcom "Two and a Half Men" signs off for the last time with a one-hour episode Thursday night, it will be remembered fondly by CBS ad sales executives, Warner Bros. TV studio execs and fans of a sort of giddy, lowest common denominator raunch. The rest of us may well wonder how the show lasted as long as it did.
Make no mistake, "Two and a Half Men" was a phenomenon. In closing out its 12th season on CBS, the show stands as the longest-running multi-camera comedy in TV history. (Boasting a 14-season run on ABC, the straight-laced family comedy "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" was shot as a single-cam.) At its peak, "Men" was the 10th most-watched series on TV, and even a near-death experience in 2011 couldn't topple it from its perch as one of broadcast's priciest ad buys.
But you don't have to be a town elder in "Footloose" to apprehend that "Men" was perhaps the most relentlessly smutty entertainment franchise this side of Fox's "Family Guy." Leering coke goblin Charlie Sheen tattooed his signature brand of charismatic debauchery all over the show's heaving flanks, while Jon Cryer lent an air of sweaty urgency to his role as Alan, a hapless single dad. Each script was stuffed with jokes about Alan's enthusiasm for, um "roughing up the suspect," Charlie's boozy licentiousness and pretty much any bodily function you might care to name. (Not for nothing does the Google search for "Two and a Half Men" + "fart" expel no fewer than 95,400 results.)
Of course, comedy's a terribly subjective animal, and an awful lot of people thought "Men" was hilarious. Despite losing Mr. Sheen to his Tiger Blood sojourn, the show returned to record ratings in its ninth season premiere, which saw Ashton Kutcher fill in for the ousted Mr. Sheen: A staggering 28.7 million viewers tuned in for the episode on Sept. 19, 2011. The season opener peaked with 31 million viewers and an 11.4 rating among adults 18 to 49, where a ratings point equals 1% of the set of TV households, making it the most-watched installment of a sitcom since the "Everybody Loves Raymond" finale in 2005.
The Kutcher refresh helped boost the show's full-season ratings 15% to 14.6 million viewers, and the series didn't really show signs of metal fatigue until the penultimate season. This final run will be the least-watched of the show's dozen seasons; through 14 episodes, "Men" is averaging a still-respectable 9.08 million viewers and a 2.1 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. To put that into context, the highest-rated live-action comedy on Fox, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," is averaging a 1.8 in the demo, while NBC's biggest sitcom, the departing "Parks and Recreation," is averaging a 1.3.
All told, "Men" is CBS's fourth highest-rated sitcom, trailing only Mr. Lorre's "The Big Bang Theory" (4.6) and "Mom" (2.4), as well as "2 Broke Girls" (2.2).
A decade of big ratings translated to a very robust advertising environment. During the 2006-07 broadcast season, the going rate for a 30-second spot averaged to around $276,433 a pop, making "Men" the second-most expensive scripted buy on TV behind ABC's "Desperate Housewives." A spot in this final season of "Men" was a relative steal, as media buyers in the 2014-15 upfront ponied up $147,140 per :30.
While advertisers couldn't get enough of "Men," many casual viewers were outraged by the show's fascination with genitals gags and flatulence funnies. Over a four-year span from 2009 through 2013, 98 viewers filed complaints with the Federal Communications Commission about the sexual innuendo and coarse language that characterized "Men."
As is generally the case with citizen complaints, the unintentional hilarity in the FCC documents is off the charts. For example, in October 2011, a viewer from Kansas forever ruined PB&Js with the enigmatic sentence fragment, "Also an animal eating peanut butter off Alan's balls," a curiosity matched only by the Wisconsin resident who frowned upon a reference to "watching Walrus[es] masterbate [sic] at the zoo." (For reasons upon which we don't even care to speculate, the single most misspelled word to be found in the FCC documents is "masturbate.")
At least one infuriated viewer took the time to suggest a replacement for "Men," demanding that the FCC reinstate "'Family Matters' and 'Full House,'" while another petitioned CBS to "bring back 'Leave it to Beaver!'"
No action was ever taken against "Men" -- of the hundreds of thousands of complaints about TV content the FCC receives each year, only a statistically insignificant number result in the issue of a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture. Actual fines are rarer still.
And perhaps that's where we should leave the show as it settles into the penumbra of history. Mr. Lorre and his merry band of pottymouths weren't doing any harm with their show, and after a dozen years of flipping the bird to the Ozzies and Harriets of the world, the Republic still stands. Even at its filthiest, "Men" was designed as a diversionary 22 minutes of good, clean fun.
"I would hope that the kindest view of the show is that we tried to make people laugh. That was our job," said Mr. Lorre in a valedictory video produced for CBS. "If you were going to give us the half-hour to watch the show, we would try to repay your attention with laughter."
An Article from the Washington Post
An Article from The Washington Post
Two and a Half Men’ finally gets revenge on Charlie Sheen with
insult-filled series finale
By Emily Yahr February 20 , 2015
Apparently, “Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre is a little
bitter about Charlie Sheen.
At least, that’s the takeaway from the series finale of “Two and a
Half Men” — one of the most popular shows on TV for the last decade —
which was basically an hour-long slap at its former star. Can you
blame the writers? The erratic actor certainly put them through a lot.
But Lorre and the writers got the last laugh, literally, as they
heaved insult after insult at Sheen, certainly as payback for his
infamous 2011 meltdown that temporarily halted production.
From jokes about drug use to prostitutes, the writers appeared to
delight in reminding viewers about all of Sheen’s very messy public
scandals. The finale’s set up: Though Sheen’s character Charlie Harper
“died” in the Season 9 premiere after getting hit by a train (setting
up the introduction of his replacement Ashton Kutcher), it turns out
Charlie has been alive all this time. He was just trapped in a dungeon
by his stalker-turned-wife, Rose (Melanie Lynskey), but managed to
break out and escape.
Anyway, Charlie is now on the loose and seeking revenge because he’s
incensed that anyone had the nerve to continue life as usual without
him. Sound familiar? Here are some of the shots taken over the course
of the episode, with some fact-checking about real-life incidents:
Joke: Charlie’s brother, Alan (Jon Cryer), learns that Charlie has
$2.5 million of unclaimed songwriting royalties, and naturally tries
to get the money. Only problem: He needs Charlie’s death certificate
and no one can find it. Walden (Kutcher) takes to the Internet to look
up information but can’t find any details on Charlie’s death. What
does he locate? “I found this crazy rant about a former employer,”
Joke: Rose warns Walden that Charlie is coming after him for revenge,
even though they never met: “I told him all about you. How you’re
richer than him, prettier than him, moved into his house and carried
on like he never existed.”
Real life: Well, pretty much that.
Joke: Walden receives a threatening text from Charlie: “You despicable
troll. You thought you could replace my ninja awesomeness, you lame
clown. I will deploy army of assassins to destroy you, I will bring my
bayonets of truth to the hexagon of death where I will carve my
initials into your reptilian skull and cover you in tiger’s blood.”
Real life: During his many interviews in 2011, Sheen indeed frequently
brought up assassins; truth; ninjas; and tiger’s blood.
Joke: Alan and Walden enlist a police lieutenant (guest star Arnold
Schwarzenegger) to help find Charlie. Schwarzenegger notes that
Charlie died in Paris under mysterious circumstances. Alan replies:
“It wasn’t that mysterious. He was taking a lot of drugs and pissed
off almost everybody.”
Real life: Not so veiled, was it?
Joke: Walden: “This guy has some serious rage issues.” Schwarzenegger:
“Has he tried anger management?” Alan: “Yeah, but it didn’t work.”
Real life: Hey, “Anger Management” lasted 100 episodes!
Joke: Why Charlie’s seeking vengeance for Alan: “He didn’t think I
could go on without him. He thought I was more of a supporting
character in his life. But it turns out I was more of a co-lead.”
Joke: Walden: “I’m not letting Charlie drive me out of this house. I
reward his bad behavior.” Alan: “Yeah, that’s only supposed to happen
in show business.”
Real life: The show did shut down for a few months … but stayed around
for four more seasons.
Joke: The cop finally locates Charlie — Schwarzenegger calls and tells
Alan and Walden that Charlie was found “in bowling shirt, cargo shorts
and babbling away incoherently.” Oh, and he was “in a trashed hotel
room with a hooker in the closet.”
Real life: This.
Joke: The “Charlie” that Schwarzenegger found was actually Christian
Slater, who (in a cameo as himself) claims that someone drugged him,
dressed him up in Charlie’s clothes and left him with a screaming
woman in the closet — who stole his watch.
Real life: Again, this.
Joke: In the very last scene, a “Charlie” lookalike sneaks up to the
house, apparently to murder Alan and Walden — except a piano falls on
his head and he dies. Zoom out to show creator Chuck Lorre in a
director’s chair, smiling. “Winning!” he says. Then a piano falls on
his head, too. The end.
Real life: Sheen famously brought that catchphrase into the lexicon in
2011, and it’s safe to say Lorre has probably dreamed of that type of
ending for some time.
After the episode aired, Lorre posted the real story of Sheen’s
non-cameo to one of his famous vanity cards. Apparently, Lorre and Co.
wanted Sheen to show up; go on a rant about drug abuse; and remind
everyone that he’s a “ninja warrior from Mars.” But Sheen wanted a
more heartfelt ending, so he turned them down.
Sheen, for the record, didn’t miss a chance to take another swipe at
his former boss. In a tweet earlier Thursday, Sheen plugged his
“much-anticipated cameo on network TV”… on an episode of ABC sitcom
“The Goldbergs” this week.
“I go where the love is,” Sheen wrote, proving that he, at the very
least, has an ounce of self-awareness.
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For Two and a Half Men at Facebook go to https://www.facebook.com/TwoandaHalfMen?fref=ts
For the Vanity Cards of Two and a Half Men go to http://www.chucklorre.com/index-2hm.php
For the Official Website of Holland Taylor go to http://www.hollandtaylor.com/
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For an interview with Conchata Ferrell go to https://tv.avclub.com/conchata-ferrell-on-two-and-a-half-men-and-her-crusty-1798274363
For an article on two and a Half Men go to http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/two-and-a-half-men-tvs-worst-sitcom-ends-as-terribly-as-it-lived-and-i-watched-every-episode/
For some Two And A Half Men-related interview videos at the Archive of American Television go to https://interviews.televisionacademy.com/shows/two-and-a-half-men
For a Review of Two and a Half Men go to https://web.archive.org/web/20130121185450/http://www.televisionheaven.co.uk/twohalfmen.htm
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