Charlie Sheen finally realized he has a problem with drugs and alcohol and checked himself into rehab on Friday. This was of course after he had a huge 36 hour house party that involved multiple porn stars, a briefcase full of coke, and a trip to the hospital. CBS and his hit show ‘Two and a Half Men‘ are completely supporting Charlie’s effort to get better. They have shut down production of the show until Charlie is out of rehab. This isn’t the first time production has been shut down because of Charlie entering rehab. Last February Charlie spent some time in rehab and the cast and crew ended up getting partial compensation. So how long will Charlie be in rehab this time?
Per NY Daily News:
The 45-year-old actor is set to be in treatment for the next three months — though his rep has not confirmed that timeframe — jeopardizing eight remaining episodes of the hit CBS show that have yet to be shot his season, TMZ.com reports.
If “Two and a Half Men” shuts down permanently, it could mean a loss of $250 million in revenue for the show’s production company, Warner Bros. Television, as well as millions in lost ad revenue for the network, according to The Hollywood Reporter. CBS made it clear in a statement released Sunday, however, that Sheen’s health was the network’s priority.
“Looking forward, the financial impact of the shutdown is not material to CBS,” the network said. “Any ratings declines will be more than offset by the reduced programming costs for episodes lost this season. We will begin to address the scheduling issues this week. The network is strong and deep with hit series; we’re not reliant on one show. In addition, ‘Two and a Half Men’ has always performed well in repeats, and we have the option of ordering additional episodes of other popular comedies on the network.”
The crew is reportedly not very happy with the hold up, worried that because of Charlie’s 3 month hiatus that they will not get paid. No word on what the studio plans to do this time with crew compensation, but official word is expected to be out soon. Clearly Charlie needs to be in rehab, but I understand the crew’s reasoning for being upset. Hopefully the studio takes care of them.
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