I hear there’s been little progress yet made in the talks between the actor and Two and a Half Men producer Warner Bros TV as both sides are taking their time. But my sources say that will change soon. People involved in the talks tell me they are optimistic a deal will be done within the final week before CBS’ May 19th upfront presentation. (WBTV has been there before, working to close deals with the cast of Friends hours before NBC’s upfront.) Meanwhile, Charlie got rid of his trademark mane in favor of a not-so-camera-friendly buzz cut. And CBS keeps working on contingency plans programming-wise if Two and a Half Men does not return.
From the figures I’ve heard, Sheen would receive more than a million dollars per episode, including his piece of the backend, but not as high as the $1.5-$2 million figures being thrown around on the Internet. In his only statement on the subject (made before the taping of the Season 7 finale of Two and a Half Men earlier this month, Sheen noted that “all of the numbers reported in the press are false.” He was most recently at about $900,000 per episode, his backend included. WBTV and a rep for Sheen declined comment.