CBS only has a couple of days before they announce their fall 2010 TV lineup, and the negotiations to bring back Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper in one of the raunchiest comedies, Two and a Half Men, are still ongoing. Sheen apparently is now asking for $2M-plus, which is a lot more than the rumored $1.5M he asked for previously, and of course significantly more than $825K he currently makes. And depending on the day of the week it is, Sheen appears indifferent about whether he comes back or not.
The show will be on CBS for at least a couple more years, and while all the characters are strong, Sheen plays an important part of it. But since his character’s wife has left, it wouldn’t be hard to write him out of the show for a while — maybe put him on a quest for his wife. That’d give Jon Cryer’s character Alan Harper some breathing room, out of his brother’s shadow.
If Sheen is written out of the show, even temporarily, I want to see Melanie Lynskey’s sweet but goofy character Rose come back. What’s more, Alan’s son Jake isn’t the “half man” anymore, into his mid-teens now. Angus T. Jones, who plays the dumbass Jake, is the highest paid kid on TV, reportedly pulling in $250K per episode. There’s room for a spin-off show for him in a couple of years, possibly in a college setting. (However, Jones’ has said he is interested in college and isn’t sure he wants to continue acting.)
The deal will be settled by tomorrow morning. I guess if it doesn’t go through, Sheen has better things to do. Like staying out of jail and paying over $125K/month in support to two wives, past and present.