CBS hitmaker Chuck Lorre granted a candid interview with TV Guide, in which he detailed the catastrophic end of his creative collaboration with Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men. Lorre says Sheen’s downward spiral “broke my heart. I thought we were on the same road together. I mean, we held hands and prayed when his sons were born prematurely.” All in all, he admitted, “It was a painful year. I’ll be sorting it out for a long time.” Below, we bring you more of 2011′s high- and lowlights, as told by Lorre. READ FULL STORY
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Charlie Sheen mourns Patrice O'Neal: 'I will forever be inspired by his nobility, his grace and his epic talent'
Charlie Sheen released a statement via his Twitter in celebration of comedian Patrice O’Neal, who died unexpectedly today at the age of 41. The two met when O’Neal participated in Sheen’s Comedy Central Roast. O’Neal found himself the butt of many jokes about his long-term battle with diabetes. Today, Sheen took a more reverent tone, calling O’Neal “a brilliant man.” See Sheen’s full statement after the jump. READ FULL STORY
Why did FX order potentially 100 episodes of a sitcom starring an actor who disastrously flamed out in a media explosion of drugs, hookers, quasi-intelligible rants and legal action just six months ago?
As you know, FX just committed to 10 episodes of Sheen’s Anger Management, a sitcom loosely based on the 2003 film of the same title. If that first batch of episodes earn a certain rating, FX is obligated to buy 90 more. (It’s a go-big-or-go-home style of production deal pioneered by Tyler Perry with TBS comedies like Meet the Browns and House of Payne.) Quipped Time‘s James Poniewozik on Twitter: “I’d advise taping them all in like a week, just to be safe.”
Here’s why FX made a deal with the warlock: READ FULL STORY
Charlie Sheen has found his next home. FX announced today that it has acquired Anger Management, a sitcom loosely based on the 2003 movie of the same name from Joe Roth’s Revolution Studios. The home of Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story has ordered 10 episodes of the comedy from the Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury, and will be written and executive produced by veteran comedy writer Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show).
The show will premiere next summer. READ FULL STORY
The legal wrangling may be over, but Two and Half Men‘s Chuck Lorre isn’t completely recovered from his ordeal with Charlie Sheen — despite taking such glee in literally burying his show’s star character last week. After last night’s episode, Lorre’s vanity card referenced the recent legal settlement but hinted that this might not be the producer’s final word on the matter.
“Sometime last year I realized I had become the unwilling contestant in a reality show. I didn’t understand the rules, wasn’t sure if there even were any, and pretty much hated every second of it. For many months I kept hoping and praying that it would end. But it did not. Somewhere along the way, something inside me died. READ FULL STORY
It’s finally and officially over: Charlie Sheen and Warner Bros. TV have settled their differences.
The studio that produces Two and a Half Men just released this statement: “Warner Bros. TV, Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen have resolved their dispute to the parties’ mutual satisfaction. The pending lawsuit and arbitration will be dismissed as to all parties. The parties have agreed to maintain confidentiality over the terms of the settlement.”
The payout to Sheen wasn’t disclosed, though some publications have speculated it to be as high as $25 million.
Warner Bros. TV pink-slipped the actor last winter after he publicly derided Men creator Chuck Lorre. Sheen fought back in March by filing a $100 million suit demanding payment for unproduced episodes and compensation for the crew while claiming the studio “wrongfully attributed the suspension of the series and termination of Mr. Sheen’s contract on Mr. Sheen’s alleged statements, conduct, and condition, despite the fact that Mr. Sheen is in compliance with his contract.”
At the 63rd Annual Emmys earlier this month, Sheen seemed to indicate that a settlement was on the horizon after making an unexpected appearance to say ”I want to take a moment to get something off my chest and say a few words to everybody at Two and a Half Men. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television.”
Sheen is focused on developing a new sitcom called Anger Management with Lionsgate TV and veteran TV scribe Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show).
It’s been an interesting year for Charlie Sheen. From getting fired from his gig on Two and a Half Men to flooding Twitter with non-sensical ramblings (#winning anyone?), and most recently, appearing on the Emmys to wish his old co-stars good luck, he’s had his share of ups and downs. And tonight, he got called out for them.
Comedians Seth MacFarlane, Jon Lovitz, Jeffrey Ross and Mike Tyson (?), among others, were all on-hand for Sheen’s sometimes brutal Comedy Central roast, which aired shortly after his character’s mock funeral on Two and a Half Men (poetic timing much?).
Producers of the Emmy Awards have been asked to cut Charlie Sheen from its telecast, Deadline is reporting. Apparently Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre has asked John Schaffner, the chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, to eliminate Sheen’s planned appearance. According to the report, Warner Bros. TV simultaneously asked Fox whether Sheen could be dropped from the broadcast, but as of now, there are still plans to have Sheen appear during the ceremony. There’s also the possibility that he will be presenting the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, a category which includes nominees Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki from Lorre’s series The Big Bang Theory. A representative from Fox says that they are unaware of any such demands and so cannot confirm or deny the reports.
Charlie Sheen’s seemingly cold-sober, warlock-free round of humble media interviews continues this morning with his appearance on NBC’s Today show, where he told Matt Lauer he’d be up for a guest appearance on Two and a Half Men.
Wait. What? You mean the show in which his character dies in the upcoming season premiere?
Prompted by Lauer that he should do an “amazing guest appearance” on the comedy hit, Sheen said: READ FULL STORY
Despite his lawsuit pending against Two and a Half Men studio Warner Bros. alleging that he was unfairly dismissed from the CBS hit, Sheen told host Jay Leno that his employers had good cause to let him go.
Leno asked the actor if he’s still angry at Men producers and CBS.
“No, no. I would have fired my ass too,” Sheen said, then added: “Well, maybe not like they did.”
Sheen said his rants spawned a media frenzy that was like “a runaway train that I was the reluctant conductor of — and it just kept going.” READ FULL STORY
In an interview with Today’s Matt Lauer that will air on Friday, Charlie Sheen acknowledges “there are portions” of his past “I would have amended a little bit” and insists he’s completely sober and “calmer” these days. When asked by Lauer when was the last time he had a drink or “something more,” Sheen responded, “ I don’t really keep track of the time. It’s been awhile, because I feel like, without getting into my feelings about AA and all that stuff, if you’re walking around hanging on to your time, it’s only a matter of time before it goes, you know?”
Countered Lauer, “But you’re an actor in a business, and you know that producers out there and people who get involved in projects with you want to know, has it been two weeks, has it been two months, are you bankable, are you trustworthy.” READ FULL STORY
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