Hugh Grant is reportedly replacing Charlie Sheen and taking on the lead role on Two and a Half Men next season, although some are saying Grant has already pulled out of the deal.
“He (Grant) was in the mix, among others. I don’t know if it’s dead, but it’s unlikely,” an anonymous source close to the negotiations told Reuters.
Grant, 50, was reportedly offered $1 million per episode to replace Sheen, who was fired from the show a few months ago.
While Deadline Hollywood says Grant backed away from the deal, the New York Times says talks are ongoing.
In the mean time Charlie Sheen hasn’t forgotten his feud with Warner Bros. and still plans on suing both Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre, executive producer of Two and a Half Men for $100 million.
And in case you have been living under a rock for the past six months, Sheen was fired from the show after extremely erratic behavior fueled by cocaine binges and parties with porn stars.
On May 18, CBS will announce its official lineup for 2011-12 in New York. No word on whether or not CBS will announce its plans for Two and a Half Men on that day.
Sheen was reportedly making on average $1.5 million per episode of the show, which is a huge money-maker for CBS, bringing in 15 million viewers. Two and a Half Men is the most watched TV show in the United States.
So, we’re not sure if Sheen still feels like he is “bi-winning” or even “winning” at all at this point.
It doesn’t look like there is any chance of Sheen returning to the show in the future even if he does decide to drop the suit against Warner Bros. and come crawling back sober. At least, not after calling the show’s creator a “stupid little man,” among other things.
“Everybody thinks I should be begging for my job back,” Sheen told NBC in February. “I’m just gonna forewarn them that it’s everybody else that’s going to be begging me for their job back.”