Charlie Sheen's Rehab Might Cost CBS, WB Millions

| 31 Jan 2011 21:05
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The Two and a Half Men star is headed for what sounds like a much-needed three months in rehab, but that time could mean big money for CBS and Warner Bros. Television.

Before Charlie Sheen went on a weekend-long bender, one that reportedly included a few escorts and a lot of cocaine, the creative forces behind his hit show Two and a Half Men were worried. Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment, recently made public the concerns CBS had for the actor's well-being, noting that CBS has, "a very good relationship with Warner Bros., but there have been no discussions about contingency plans in the event Sheen becomes unavailable." Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20, and it looks like CBS and Warner Bros. may be wishing they had a contingency plan in place. After being admitted to the hospital for severe abdominal pain, the actor has shifted his recovery to an unspecified rehabilitation facility, where he plans on staying for at least three months. Men only has two shows in the can, and is going on a production hiatus. The potential cost of the whole affair could top $250 million. Sheen gets a reported $2 million per episode, though, so there's one cost saved.

Men is in its eighth season, and has been renewed for a ninth. If Sheen's demons force the show's cancellation, airing network CBS could lose millions in advertising revenue: THR reports, "CBS sells 30-second spots in Men for more than $200,000, according to media buyers, generating more than $3 million per episode...the show grossed CBS more than $155 million in ad revenue last season alone." According to the same source, production company Warner Bros. Television stands to lose "nearly $2 billion for the first two syndication cycles that extend through the 2020-21 season." $250 million of that is for the done syndication deals for the current eighth and upcoming ninth seasons.

Two and a Half Men is, for some reason, the second most popular comedy for viewers 18-49, and the most popular primetime comedy overall. It's also the most popular comedy currently in syndication.

In a stroke of inappropriately funny coincidence, the first of the two completed episodes left to air is called "Three Hookers and a Philly Cheesesteak."

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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JeanLuc761:

danpascooch:

JeanLuc761:

To each their own. I think it's easily one of the funniest shows on TV, next to Futurama.

I'm not sure if I should hate you because you compared Two and a Half Men to Futurama, or if I should like you because you like Futurama.

I wasn't comparing the two, I was simply saying that I find Two and a Half Men as funny as I find Futurama :P

They're two entirely different kinds of humor, and I like them both a lot. Two and a Half Men is a very stereotypical/archetypical show, and each character fits their role so perfectly that I can't help but be amused. Conversely, Futurama is full of more intelligent/creative humor, plus I love sci-fi.

Really, there's no reason someone can't like both :P I like George Carlin and I like Dane Cook, for example.

I'm just saying as someone who thinks Futurama is the light of god, and thinks Two and a Half Men is the epitome of catering to stupid stereotypes that aren't even funny, I wouldn't personally find the two equally funny.

That's just me.

danpascooch:

JeanLuc761:

danpascooch:
Are you fucking kidding me? That show is TERRIBLE

To each their own. I think it's easily one of the funniest shows on TV, next to Futurama.

I'm not sure if I should hate you because you compared Two and a Half Men to Futurama, or if I should like you because you like Futurama.

I wasn't comparing the two, I was simply saying that I find Two and a Half Men as funny as I find Futurama :P

They're two entirely different kinds of humor, and I like them both a lot. Two and a Half Men is a very stereotypical/archetypical show, and each character fits their role so perfectly that I can't help but be amused. Conversely, Futurama is full of more intelligent/creative humor, plus I love sci-fi.

Really, there's no reason someone can't like both :P I like George Carlin and I like Dane Cook, for example.

JeanLuc761:

danpascooch:
Are you fucking kidding me? That show is TERRIBLE

To each their own. I think it's easily one of the funniest shows on TV, next to Futurama.

I'm not sure if I should hate you because you compared Two and a Half Men to Futurama, or if I should like you because you like Futurama.

They lost money canceling funny, popular and good shows left and right...

You lost nothing, no money. Make scripts putting him on vacation....problem solved.

JediMB:

danpascooch:
Are you fucking kidding me? That show is TERRIBLE

I used to love the it, but the most recent season just made me stop watching 5 minutes into a new episode. Haven't touched the show since, and I don't plan to ever give it another chance. I just realized that there wasn't any point in watching it anymore.

My opinion is that there was a time when it was adequate, nothing more, nothing less.

Now it's terrible

I'm always a bit bemused when someone refers to anticipated income that fails to materialize as a "loss".

I don't watch Two and a Half Men; in fact, I tend to turn it off on the rare occasions when I'm watching television and it happens to be on because the small amount I've seen seems like very standard lackluster warmed-over sitcom humor. So, yeah, no particular loss to me.

Good luck with sobriety, Charlie.

Judging from the amount of porn stars he's been banging, roughly 9/10ths of that will be in child support.

RebellionXXI:
Well, that's what you get for casting CHARLIE FUCKING SHEEN!

Seriously, anyone who keeps up with entertainment news, even occasionally, has known for a long time that Charlie Sheen is a danger to himself and others, not to mention a tremendous douche. You'd think they would have seen this coming.

All the more reason to be in awe of his agent. All the stiff competition out there and he can still sell this guy to Hollywood?

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Just....wow.

NaramSuen:

AwesomeFerret:

NaramSuen:
I have never seen the show but I wish the guy well. I have had friends struggle with drug addiction and I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy. However, how the hell does someone get paid two million dollars per episode? If they make a full season of 26 shows, then he gets 52 million dollars a year! 52 million for a twenty minute sitcom. Clearly, all is not right in the universe.

What would you rather, he got it, a man who has caused laughs in most people, or some footballer with a name you can pronounce?

Yep. That or D, which is send it to a charity. I'd send it to the charity, but forced between A & B I'd have to give it to Charlie. At least thats what he would earn from an entire season, not a matter of weeks.

Can I choose "c" none of the above?

AwesomeFerret:

NaramSuen:
I have never seen the show but I wish the guy well. I have had friends struggle with drug addiction and I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy. However, how the hell does someone get paid two million dollars per episode? If they make a full season of 26 shows, then he gets 52 million dollars a year! 52 million for a twenty minute sitcom. Clearly, all is not right in the universe.

What would you rather, he got it, a man who has caused laughs in most people, or some footballer with a name you can pronounce?

Can I choose "c" none of the above?

SaintWaldo:
The most brilliant idea I've read on the internet in relation to these events is that CBS should just replace Charlie with Emilio and act like nothing happened.

You KNOW it would work.

Or, Jason Bateman.

Maybe it's just me, but he looks a lot like Charlie Sheen. Similar voice, too. I actually thought he was Charlie Sheen for a long time.

I find it shocking that Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory are written by the same person, especially since I think they're one of the worst and one of the best American sitcoms of recent years (since How I Met Your Mother went downhill).

NaramSuen:
I have never seen the show but I wish the guy well. I have had friends struggle with drug addiction and I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy. However, how the hell does someone get paid two million dollars per episode? If they make a full season of 26 shows, then he gets 52 million dollars a year! 52 million for a twenty minute sitcom. Clearly, all is not right in the universe.

What would you rather, he got it, a man who has caused laughs in most people, or some footballer with a name you can pronounce?

Trying to put Charlie through rehab is like trying to fight gangrene with soap. If the producers didn't know what they were getting into, tough luck. Goodbye money.

It's Charlie Sheen.
How is him going into rehab news in any sense of the word? It happens nearly as frequently as the sun rising each day.

Also, you give a guy 2 million dollars an episode and people get surprised when he blows it on hookers and drugs?

What else is he meant to spend that much money on?

So Charlie Sheen is in rehab and Martin Sheen is doing voice acting work for BioWare. That family is having a few problems, yes?

2 and a half men is reliable. You get a few chuckles, maybe even a laugh out of each episode. It would be too bad if it were cancelled. Now Big Bang Theory (same creators) is a source of heartache for me because it has gone from something I really liked to another "friends" knockoff. That show can go die already :(

danpascooch:
Are you fucking kidding me? That show is TERRIBLE

I used to love the it, but the most recent season just made me stop watching 5 minutes into a new episode. Haven't touched the show since, and I don't plan to ever give it another chance. I just realized that there wasn't any point in watching it anymore.

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