On the air since 2003, “Two and a Half Men” is heading into its 12th and final season on CBS. The hit sitcom has been through its fair share of drama – from Charlie Sheen’s 2011 “tiger blood” rampage to Angus T. Jones’ verbal meltdown. But even with only one part of its original “two and a half” stars, the show still managed to survive for another four seasons with Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer at the helm. Now with the end of the long-running sitcom near, Sheen wants to find his way back on screen – even though he seemingly burned that bridge years ago.
In an interview with TV Guide Magazine, the 49-year-old actor revealed that he approached “Two and a Half Men” about making an appearance during the show’s send-off.
“I’ve reach out to them and they’ve reached back,” Sheen told the magazine. “We’re trying to figure out what makes the most sense. If they figure it out like I’ve presented it to them and they want to include me in some final send-off, I’m available and I’m showing up early. If not, it’s on them.”
Fans of Sheen and the show will remember that the actor played lead Charlie Harper, a rich playboy jingle writer living on the beach in Malibu with his mooch brother, Alan (Cryer), and nephew, Jake (Jones). In 2011 the actor displayed some erratic and self-destructive behavior on and off the set. After reportedly being unable to “perform the essential duties of his position” on the show, and a verbal assault on show creator Chuck Lorre, Warner Bros. decided to cancel the remaining episodes in Season 8. Shortly after Charlie Sheen was fired form the show.
In March of 2011 the studio released the following statement:
“After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services on ‘Two and a Half Men’ effective immediately.”
As viewers know, the show went on without Sheen and his character. Ashton Kutcher took over in Season 9 as billionaire Internet entrepreneur Walden Schmidt. Kutcher’s character bought Charlie Harper’s Malibu home after he was “killed off.” The Season 9 premiere addressed Sheen’s absence on screen by writing that Charlie Harper got hit by a train in France and that his “body exploded like a balloon full of meat.”
Of course, that didn’t stop the series from “reviving” the character … in the form of Kathy Bates. The actress won an Emmy for her guest appearance, in which she told a hospitalized Alan, “I’m in hell … in this old broad’s body … eternal damnation.”
According to TV Guide, the “Two and a Half Men” producers promised “big surprises” for the final season – but will Sheen’s return be one of those “big surprises”?
The actor believes that it would be a sign of “good will and a tip of the hat to the fans.” Do you agree? Cast your vote in the poll and tweet your thoughts to @AmandaTVScoop.
Season 12 of "Two and a Half Men" will premiere on CBS on Oct. 30.