The Two and a Half Men cancelled controversy has just started. Although the Two and a Half Men cancelled decision hasn’t been made yet, the fact that Season 8 has ended early isn’t a good sign. Technically, they still have a lot of time to decide what to do, since a Season 9 wouldn’t start shooting for several months. But Charlie Sheen could sink even lower by then, so they need to have something worked out soon. Yet if they have Two and a Half Men cancelled or not, will it make a difference either way for Sheen?
His latest breakdown centered on the delays in getting back to work, and on creator Chuck Lorre. However, if he hadn’t gone off on Alex Jones, and on other media outlets, Sheen would have likely been able to work again next week, when production was supposed to resume.
Having Two and a Half Men cancelled would cost CBS their biggest comedy hit, and put many crew members out of work. If the show wasn’t as big as it was, maybe the network would have shut it down long ago. As it is, they are likely still trying to keep it alive, any way they can.
Doing it with Sheen may be impossible, unless Lorre resigns or unless the two resolve their differences. But doing it without Sheen seems virtually impossible, since he is the center of the series, and they likely can’t center it around the other one and a half men.
Morally, declaring Two and a Half Men cancelled may be the best thing for Sheen. Since his lifestyle has never really affected his work on set, it has given him more reason to believe that he’s invincible, and that his routine isn’t a problem. Without a show to go back to, it may serve as a wakeup call, and give friends and family one last shot to get through to him.
But halting production for Season 8 has only made him more unhinged. Instead of taking this as a wakeup call, he seems to just be centered on his hatred for Lorre. As such, that may ruin any chance of someone getting through to him at the moment.
If they have Two and a Half Men cancelled for good, there’s no telling how Sheen will go off. He’s already said that he’s going back to the set next week, even though no one else is. If he follows through, it might set off the next series of events to determine the show’s future.
Ultimately, declaring Two and a Half Men cancelled is less of a big issue, than trying to save Sheen from killing himself. But will the fate of the show determine the fate of Sheen, and vice versa, or is it too late to make a difference either way?
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