Two And A Half Men, which will cease production for the season because of Sheen's recent personal problems.
Charlie Sheen, Angus T. Jones and Conchata Ferrell star in
Charlie Sheen, Angus T. Jones and Conchata Ferrell star in Two And A Half Men, which will cease production for the season because of Sheen's recent personal problems. Greg Gayne/CBS/AP
After the persistently troubled Charlie Sheen went on two more reported rants today — one on the radio and one to gossip site TMZ — CBS and Warner Brothers Television have decided to stop production of Sheen's massively popular show, Two And A Half Men, for the rest of the season. (Men was scheduled to produce four more episodes.) Here's the network and studio's joint statement:
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.
There's not a lot to add here beyond what I wrote last week, but it's remarkable to see one of the most popular shows on television shut down entirely because of the behavior of a single star — particularly behavior that's been, in some cases, broadcast live.
If the question was whether there was any point at which even a show that makes a huge amount of money for everyone involved would be shut down at the expense of a lot of people's jobs, Sheen apparently successfully found that point. Nobody knows yet whether the show will be back next year with Sheen, back with someone else, or not back at all, but for the time being, the scuffles over when it would return to production are over.