EXCLUSIVE: With 16 produced and aired episodes, this past eighth season of the CBS comedy Two and a Half Men is eligible for a best comedy series Emmy Award. But the veteran sitcom, which has been the subject of controversy surrounding now-former star Charlie Sheen, won’t be in the running. A source at the show’s producer Warner Bros. TV confirmed that Two and a Half Men was not submitted for best comedy. According to a show insider, the feeling was that, given the circumstances this past season, Two and a Half Men should not be submitted for consideration in the best comedy series category. Production on the show was suspended in January, after one of Sheen’s benders sent him to the hospital. Following a series of bizarre rants by Sheen who attacked relentlessly Two and Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre, Warner Bros. and CBS, production on the show was shut down for the season and Sheen was subsequently fired and replaced with Ashton Kutcher. While not backing Men in the series category, I hear the studio is throwing its full support behind Sheen’s co-stars on the show with ad campaigns planned for Jon Cryer, Holland Taylor, Angus T. Jones and Conchata Ferrell. Two and a Half Men has been considered a long shot for a best series nomination even without the Sheen debacle. It has been nominated 3 times, most recently in 2008. The show’s co-stars have fared much better. Cryer has been nominated every year since 2006 and won in 2009. Taylor has been nominated four times – in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010. Ferrell was nominated in 2005 and 2007. While shows are submitted by their producing studios, actors’ applications are done primarily by their representatives. Sheen’s team had not submitted the actor by the April 29 deadline but an Emmy rules loophole made it technically possible for him to be written in later. It is unclear if that has been done.
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