Saturday, July 13, 2024

Hey Charlie Sheen: You’ll Be Replaced by a Different Character, New Actor


Ok, Charlie Sheen continues to bomb away on his tour. Yesterday, lawyers for Warner Bros. sent him a letter saying there was no chance Sheen was coming back to “Two a Half Men.” Not happening. Sheen’s lawyer, Marty Singer, countered that was “ridiculous” and there have been talks. Hmmm…My sources say that Warner’s, CBS, and Chuck Lorre are cooking up a replacement character and talking to new actors.

It won’t be easy, but come July, when the show resumes shooting, my guess is that Jon Cryer will open the door to a long lost brother or cousin. An explanation? “Charlie’s in Alaska at a sex colony.” End of story. Yes, “Bewitched” changed Darrins. More recently, Shannen Doherty was replaced by Rose McGowan on “Charmed.” She was a new sister. Shannen’s character was never mentioned again. On a cult show called “Unhappily Ever After,” they killed off the mom and turned her into a ghost. Characters on shows like “ER” and “NYPD Blue” were killed off and replaced quite often. The question is now — who will be cast? An existing star? An up-and-comer? A new face?

Charlie doesn’t seem to be getting the message. The tour was a bust last night in Toronto, with more booing and boozing. With every new appearance comes the declining chance that CBS will take him back. Stop now, before it’s really too late.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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