Details have surfaced about the vision show creator Chuck Lorre has in mind for the post-Charlie Sheen version of CBS hit “Two and a Half Men,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sheen was fired from the show last month by Lorre and producer Warner Bros. TV in a highly public dispute marked by Sheen’s anger at Lorre. Now Lorre reportedly has presented star Jon Cryer and close associates with a new direction for the show that relies heavily on Cryer while also introducing a new character. The new character has not yet been cast, the story reports.
Still to be resolved is a $100 million lawsuit filed by Sheen against Lorre and Warner Bros. in response to his firing. Meanwhile, Sheen has maintained an ambitious, high-profile schedule, including his “Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option” comedy tour.
However, Sheen apparently has not given up on “Two and a Half Men.” The story reports: “A source tells THR that Sheen is still actively working behind the scenes to be reinstated, attempting as late as this week to set up meetings with ‘Men’ cast members, hoping to clear the air and win their support. But Lorre is said to remain uninterested in meeting with Sheen, and Warners sources are adamant that Sheen will not be invited back.”
It has yet to be confirmed that “Men” will return for its eighth season, but it is almost a sure thing, as the show has been an enormous hit for CBS.
Speculation about who will be joining the show has included Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Piven and Bob Saget, among others. But a rep for Warner Bros. reportedly said none of the three actors is being considered.