Friday, February 25, 2011
Rant #452: Charlie, Charlie
I think the war between Charlie Sheen and basically himself may have reached its ultimate stage yesterday.
Sheen, the drug using, alcohol abusing, porn star musing star of CBS's "Two and a Half Men," went berserk yesterday, not that he hasn't gone nuts before.
The CBS show is on hiatus because of Sheen's behavior, and the actor (or should I say drunken idiot) sent a letter to gossip mongering site TMZ.com calling the show's producer, Chuck Lorre, a "contaminated little maggot."
Earlier in the day, Sheen went on a radio talk show and would only refer to Lorre as "Chaim Levine" (Lorre's real name is Charles Michael Levine).
Fearing further controversy over what could be looked at as an anti-Semitic rant, CBS and producer Warner Bros. TV announced that production of TV's top-rated situation comedy was being shut down for the season because of the "conduct and condition" of its star.
A few weeks ago, CBS pretty much acknowledged that the future of the show was prohibitive, and ordered extra episodes of "Mike and Molly" and "Hawaii Five-O"--the shows also on Monday nights--to cover for Sheen's show's uncertain future.
I applaud CBS for pulling the plug on the show for the season, but they should go one better--pull the plug on Sheen.
He is TV's highest paid star, and the show is a cash cow for CBS.
But at this point, with Sheen nearing the end of his "warning" period--it should have been at its end years ago but CBS trudged on with him even through arrests, drugs, alcohol, porn stars, you name it--I think it is time for the show to move on without Sheen, or simply be canceled altogether.
This is a guy who has abused his good luck one too many times. I mean, c'mon, what is so special about this guy anyway?
The show is in a cushy time spot, so I don't think fans will turn away from it because Sheen isn't there.
Sure, he is the spark plug for the show, but I think the time has come to drop him--for the good of CBS and WB and, for that matter, Sheen himself.
Sheen is a 50-something guy who acts as if he is 20. He has always lived the fast life, but the wall is approaching.
And when you speed, you inevitably crash.
And he will, you can bet on that.
The guy is mentally ill. In any other profession, he would be in a sanitarium.
But in this society, actors are held to a different standard. They are allowed to be a little,, let's say weird.
Well, you know what? He puts on his pants the same way I do, but I can actually stand up and do it.
In his current state, he can't.
Is this worth millions of dollars a year? I don't think so.
CBS, pull the plug on Sheen permanently.
Heck, bring in Emilion Estevez if you must--but get rid of Sheen.
And it will be for his own good.
Posted by Larry at 3:24 AM