'Parks and Recreation' exec producer Mike Schur: 'Zero truth' to rumors of Rob Lowe replacing Charlie Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men'


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Fans of Parks and Recreation, you may breathe a sigh of relief: Rob Lowe isn’t leaving Indiana. Despite rumors that the actor could replace the fired Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men — an idea, by the way, that even got Sheen’s endorsementParks executive producer Mike Schur tells EW that there is “zero truth” to that scenario. “Rob is a full-time cast member and his contract extends many years in the future, so there’s no possible way that could happen,” he says. “It was a classic Internet rumor that got way out of hand.” Borrowing a word from Lowe’s character, ultra-optimistic auditor Chris Traeger, Schur declared:  “There is literally no chance that he can go to another show right now.” Lowe guest starred on the final two episodes of season 2 before becoming a regular cast member on Parks this season.

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  • Pete

    thank god! lowe is comedy gold on parks and rec and he deserves better than the crap fest that is two and half men

    • Pete

      Who are you kidding? Both shows suck.

      • Anna

        You sound like a person who stopped watching P&R after the first two episodes of season 1.

      • Alan

        Pete you suck. The unarguable truth is that Parks is brilliant. Men sucks. End of story.

      • Guy

        You replied to yourself? LAME

      • Guy

        I know! What an IDIOT!

      • Nancy

        I have never even heard of this stupid show.

    • MJ

      Which the majority of the American puhlic disagrees with you, but I guess elitist snobs like you don’t care.

      • DRG

        The MAJORITY of the 307 million people who make up the American public do not watch either of these shows.

      • katie

        Right. The MAJORITY of people watch Jersey Shore and Dancing with the “Stars.” That’s a real barometer of taste.

      • Nancy

        If you want to measure real intelligence in this country DO NOT ask for people who watch these shows.

    • Tom

      Sheen is winning. I don’t know what you guys are talking about. Honestly.

      • Nancy


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    • amie

      I was thinking the same thing. Parks & Rec. is so much fun with him as a regular. He just fits right in.

      • Nancy

        I’ve never even heard of this show. And I watch alot of TV

      • Brian

        No, apparently you don’t, Nancy.

  • Karate Pants

    His contract “extends many years into the future”??

  • Stef

    Yaaay!! I figured as much but it’s good to know for sure.

  • Jon

    Ann Perkins!

  • MsSuniDaze

    Yay! I love his character on P&R.

  • Mia

    I love him too on Parks and Rec but I wonder what is happening as he character moved or is moving isn’t he?? That is a reason he broke up with Ann Perkins?

    • Mike

      I believe they filmed the first few episodes of season 3 before Amy Poehler’s pregnancy became an issue. Chris leaving Pawnee was at the end of those initial episodes, before Rob Lowe was signed on as a full-fledged regular cast member. I’m sure they’ll come up with a good reason to have him come back.

      • Mia

        Thanks, didn’t know that! I like Rob Lowe and Adam Scott so much on that show.

  • tomm

    I’m sure Chris is coming back to Pawnee for some reasons. Maybe he will be Mayor?

    Anyway, shows that internet gossip is 90% wrong. Some claimed “Rob Lowe is in talks to join..” FALSE!

  • Wes

    Let me get this straight: Charlie BAD but a guy who makes sex tapes with teenagers GOOD

    • AltDave

      Wes, that would be a teenager Lowe met in a bar and who claimed to be of legal age.

      • Alex

        I see what you mean about it being a little short, but the print is foalubus and what a steal! Maybe it could just be something to wear on days when you just want something vintage-y and not full-on vintage? I think it would look awfully cute with some espadrille wedges, by the way.

    • Nancy

      So basically, you are blaming her. I see how this goes. Last time I checked, Charlie isn’t in trouble for that.

    • Brian

      Yes. Nice, sad, desperate attempt there, though.

  • GL

    Really?? No one can replace the Sheenster.
    Everyone needs to move on. Life’s too short.

  • Me

    Too Bad, I really think Rob Lowe could pull this off!

  • Marie

    Why would anyone want to hire Rob Lowe? He’ll just end up leaving after a couple of seasons anyway.

  • Misha Lauenstein

    Hey loser! That’s called a spoiler.

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