Sunday, February 27, 2011

Thoughts on Two and a Half Men's abrupt cancellation

Last Thursday (Feb 24th), CBS Network and Warner Bros Studio halted production for the remainder of the season.

Sheen, who is no stranger to issues, has been on a real streak lately. Caught with prostitutes, talk of trashing hotel rooms, rehab.

But the latest is a real winner. Seems that Mr Sheen pulled a serious hate game during a radio interview, bashing Two and a Half creator Chuck Lorre. But not just your regular basing. This was straight up, below the belt anti-semite nastiness. This was followed up with a message to tabloid news site TMZ, repeating the same talk.

Several sources claimed that the whole thing started with a 'vanity card' on the Valentine's Day episode insulting Sheen. But Sheen claims that it is all lies. That he in fact has no problems at all. He called AA a cult, the women he was sleeping with 'turds' and 'losers'. He alleges that he cured his own problems and rehab was pointless.

Apparently CBS and Warners issued a statement telling Sheen to halt his interviews and apologize to Lorre or they would shut down the show. Sheen refused, stating that there was no way they would do it. And discovered he was wrong. Very wrong in fact because not only did they close the shop, they found a contract clause that denies Sheen his salary for the unfilmed episodes. And there are rumors that he won't be able to fulfill his promise to show up for work because he is banned from the Warner Brothers lot for the foreseeable future.

I'm really not sure what to make of all of this. But my immediate thought is that this is NOT a simple case of alchoholism etc. Sheen and his erratic behavior, his egotistical talk and such feel more like someone with a major mental and/or emotional disorder. One that has not been helped by Sheen self medicating with alcohol, cocaine or whatever else. Perhaps the stress of the job has helped to push him to a point where the outward signs are noticeable.

Or maybe I've just been watching too many episodes of Criminal Minds and am guilty of playing armchair therapist.

Either way, I can't find myself upset about this turn of events regarding Sheen being out of a job. But I do feel for the crew who will probably not even get partial pay for a shut down that wasn't their fault. Maybe Warners will take Sheen's lost wages and pay them at least a little of their salary. And let them know sooner rather than later if this is the end of the show, giving them an early shot at new jobs.

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