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

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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Charlie Sheen sues Warner Bros., Chuck Lorre for $100 million

sheen-vs-lorreImage Credit: Glenn Harris/PR Photos; Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosThe F-18 has dropped its payload: Charlie Sheen has sued his former employer Warner Bros., and Two and a Half Men showrunner Chuck Lorre for $100 million. He’s also suing on behalf of the show’s cast and crew, though none have actually joined Sheen as parties to the lawsuit. (Read the suit here.)

In a document filed Thursday, Sheen laid out a detailed accusation that sought to portray his downfall as a scheme orchestrated by Lorre to push him from the hit show. Lorre’s motivation was an “egotistical desire to punish” the actor, the suit says.

“Chuck Lorre, one of the richest men in television who is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, believes himself to be so wealthy and powerful that he can unilaterally decide to take money away from the dedicated cast and crew of the popular television series Two and a Half Men in order to serve his own ego and self-interest and make the star of the series the scapegoat,” reads the opening of the lawsuit. “Charlie Sheen is not only seeking payment for his own compensation for the series, but he is also pursuing claims for the benefit of the entire cast and crew to get paid the balance of the season’s 24 episodes.”

The suit claims that Warner Bros. had no problem signing Sheen to two more years on Men, even though he was dealing with substance abuse issues and had pending felony and misdemeanor charges pending against him. “Warner Bros. understood that Mr. Sheen suffered from alleged physical and mental disabilities … none of these resulted in Warner Bros. suspending Mr. Sheen. What did?” READ FULL STORY

Charlie Sheen's 'final' Webcast taunts CBS as his viewership drops

Charlie Sheen taunted CBS and Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre during his promised “final” Webcast on Tuesday night.

Compared to last night’s disjointed episode of “Sheen’s Korner,” in which the fired broadcast star looked alarmingly frazzled, Sheen was more focused and composed this evening. He seemed to stick to a prepared script stuffed with his wildly metaphoric wordplay as he bashed his perceived enemies.

“What occurred yesterday was completely and entirely illegal,” said the self proclaimed “Malibu Messiah,” then later added: “How’s last night’s 2.8 in the demo feel?” referring to the rating received by CBS for Monday’s repeat of Two and a Half Men. READ FULL STORY

Why CBS should relaunch 'Two and a Half Men' without Charlie Sheen

two-and-a-half-replacementImage Credit: Mitchell Haddad/CBSSpin City did it. So did 8 Simple Rules, Cheers, NewsRadio, and Hogan’s Family. Even The Office wants to try its luck without Michael Scott. So should Two and a Half Men move ahead sans Charlie Sheen? Though Chuck Lorre created Men with Sheen solely in mind, there are plenty of scribes in the network comedy business who think the executive producer would be crazy to give up now on TV’s No. 1 comedy.

“Even if they lose a quarter of their audience, it’ll still be a hit, so they’d be crazy not to try to replace him,” says one veteran showrunner with a hit comedy on cable. “In my experience, change is good creatively for a show. Look at Cheers or Law & Order. The challenge of reinventing a show is a positive thing.”

Adds an Emmy-winning scribe on an NBC series: “A lot of people have worked very hard on that show for a lot of years. They’ve earned the right to at least give it a go. If it doesn’t work, then call it quits. But at least give it a try.” READ FULL STORY

Holland Taylor defends Charlie Sheen: 'Charlie was cordial and polite'

Holland-TaylorImage Credit: Mitchell Haddad/CBSIs Holland Taylor drinking the Tiger Blood (along with Roseanne Barr)? The actress, who plays Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer’s mother on Two and a Half Men, is one of the few in the industry coming to Charlie Sheen’s defense. In an email to the Associated Press, Holland wrote, “Charlie was cordial and polite with all of his cast mates and crew, sometimes even courtly — and always witty … We watched movies at his house occasionally — warm evenings with interesting, spirited conversation. This is the guy I know.”

Taylor continued: READ FULL STORY

Roseanne Barr defends Charlie Sheen; takes jabs at Chuck Lorre, 'Two and a Half Men' writing

Roseanne-BarrImage Credit: Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage.comEveryone has an opinion on Charlie Sheen and his troubles these days, and now one of the most vocal women in Hollywood has taken to her blog to give her two cents in a series of fiery blog posts that defend Sheen’s antics and take aim at Chuck Lorre, a former writer/producer on Roseanne.

It all started yesterday, after Roseanne Barr published a rambling blog post about Sheen and Lorre on her website, titled “Charlie Sheen makes me look sane.” “Charlie is not on drugs,” Barr wrote (spelling, punctuation, and grammar are hers), “though he can get them from the porn star goddesses that come and go, but his urine shows clean — i think charlie is in a manic high, and is unable to get any drugs to bring him down anymore — his tiger blood statement is from that ‘eye of the tiger’ focus that manics have,” she wrote. “Manics can really work hard and play hard at the same time, until they hit a wall, and then they are in bed and depressed for a long time, so they start taking drugs again to get energy to work. Charlie, take a break dude.”  READ FULL STORY

'House' sings a happy tune; 'The Event' tanks after painful hiatus. And you still like 'Men'!

HouseImage Credit: Byron Cohen/FoxAiring mostly against reruns, Fox had a clear path to the winner’s circle on Monday because it aired originals of House and The Chicago Code. The network triumphed in adults 18-49 (2.9 rating/8 share) and total viewers (9.2 million), according to early estimates.

The special episode of House – which featured a musical sequence — attracted 11.1 million eyeballs, the drama’s second largest audience this season. It averaged a 3.8/11. Code earned a 2.1/6 and 7.5 million viewers.

In case you were wondering (and you know you were), CBS’ repeat of Two and a Half Men was the second most-watched show for the night with 10.1 million. It was also the network’s highest-rated comedy for the night with a 2.8/8 in the demo. In contrast, an original of Mad Love posted a 2.4/7 — down 11%, its lowest delivery to date. The rest of CBS’ lineup was in repeats.

And bummer news for the return of The Event. The two-hour episode earned a mere 1.4/4 — down 26% from its last original on Nov. 29 — and 5.2 million viewers. (Like, its ever a surprise when a show goes down after a painful and needless hiatus?). Harry’s Law earned a 1.8/5 and a 9.3 million viewers. NBC, as a result, came in fourth in the demo (1.5/4) and viewers (6.6 million).

Charlie Sheen's latest Webcast: The saddest performance of his career

At this point, there’s nothing particularly newsworthy about Charlie Sheen‘s rants. But his new video is so dramatic and striking in its pathos, it’s hard not to comment on how utterly sad and unprecedented it is.

The most recent brief and disturbing “Sheen’s Korner” video shows the actor, who was fired on Monday from his hit series Two and a Half Men, looking disheveled, thin, and agitated, smoking and jerking the conversation from one topic to another. Sheen spends the video talking to his associate “Bob” (who apparently doesn’t know he’s being streamed on the Web) on a speakerphone. The associate is by turns flattering Sheen and awkwardly trying to play along, and the transparency of that relationship is disheartening too. READ FULL STORY

Losing: Why Charlie Sheen was fired

Charlie-SheenImage Credit: Riccardo S. Savi/Getty ImagesHow did Charlie Sheen lose the highest-paid acting job in TV?

There wasn’t just one reason, according to a letter sent by Two and a Half Men studio Warner Bros. to Sheen’s attorney Marty Singer. It was everything that the media has obsessively covered about Sheen during the past four months — from the trashed Plaza hotel room to dodging rehab to his media rants.

The studio maintains Sheen defaulted on his contract due to several factors: Being unable to perform his duties on Men; admitting to cocaine use; making derogatory public comments about the show; and refusing to continue on the series without “radical changes” being made. READ FULL STORY

Charlie Sheen fired from 'Two and a Half Men'

charlie-sheenImage Credit: Michael Bezjian/WireImage.comSo long, Charlie.

Warner Bros. Television announced today that it has dropped the actor from its hit comedy Two and a Half Men. “After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen‘s services from ‘Two and a Half Men’ effective immediately,” the studio said in a statement. READ FULL STORY

Poll: Charlie Sheen is not winning

charlie-sheen-lying-downImage Credit: Greg Gayne/CBSCharlie Sheen: Winning?

Not according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll that found a mere 16 percent of adults nationwide have a favorable opinion of the actor, while 71 percent have an unfavorable impression.

Those findings also say 42 percent have a very unfavorable view of the Two and A Half Men star. Ouch.

And while Sheen news is dominating publications and websites (like yours truly), it looks like only 35 percent of Americans are keeping up with the headlines.  Most folks — like 63 percent — are not paying attention to news reports about Sheen curing himself with his brain or his crazy talk about warlocks (perish the thought!). And among those who are actually taking the time to get the dirty details, 57 percent support the Men’s producers while only 18 percent give a thumbs-up to Sheen.

The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted on March 1 and 2 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of error is plus/minus 3 percentage points. For more about this oh-so-important survey, click here.

What's weirdly refreshing about Charlie Sheen

Forget, for a moment, the drugs, the porn stars, the endangered TV show. There’s something else going in the Charlie Sheen saga that was rather extraordinary: How stunningly, blatantly honest Sheen has been on the topic of being a celebrity.

Has any star ever so brazenly touted the advantage of his status? “I’m tired of pretending like I’m not special,” he’s said, while slamming others as jealous losers who “lay down with their ugly wives and their ugly children,” and who wish they could have Sheen’s money, his women, his fame, his lifestyle. “I’m gonna hang out with these two smoking hotties and fly privately around the world,” he said. “It might be lonely up here but I sure like the view.” READ FULL STORY

Fact-checking Charlie Sheen: Were the 'Men' scripts really not ready?

sheen-vs-lorreImage Credit: Glenn Harris/PR Photos; Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosAmong the various complaints that Charlie Sheen has lodged against Two and A Half Men creator Chuck Lorre — and boy, there have been plenty  — was the claim that the uber-writer/producer was never in a position to resume production on TV’s No. 1 comedy because he hadn’t written any new stories for the show. “Why is it that when I was ready to return to work, you told me there were no scripts ready to shoot?” Sheen said during this week’s interview with Today. It turns out, however, that like many of Sheen’s comments, that one wasn’t entirely grounded in reality. READ FULL STORY


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