Producer Chuck Lorre says he offered to quit to pacify troubled star
In this new TVGuide.com interview, Lorre admits offering to quit the show to pacify Sheen and preserve the status quo. "I can't work with a guy who has decided that he hates my guts," Lorre says he told the network and studio.
In addition to regularly challenging Lorre to fights, Sheen referred to his boss as "Chuck-E-Cheeseball," a "contaminated little maggot" and "Chaim Levine." (His given name is Chuck Levine.)
"I said, 'Listen, if for some reason I'm now the Antichrist, I'm happy to leave," Lorre says. "It's not in my interest to stop the show, and I certainly don't want to put all these people out of work. Keep going. Get another guy. Don't stop on my account."
It's more frequently the producers who walk off when they butt heads with stars -- as Lorre did from "Grace Under Fire" after bad blood with star Brett Butler. However, according to Lorre, CBS and Warner Bros. wouldn't let him. Instead, they fired Sheen.
"They chose to make a moral decision as opposed to a financial one," Lorre says. "But people were really frightened that they were signing off on what could have had devastating consequences."
Luckily, the only consequences so far are a humbled Sheen and higher ratings for the Ashton Kutcher in his former role.
"Two and a Half Men" airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
BBC America and Logo will air the comedy duo's triumphant, boozy return in January
Lindsay Lohan hits 'Ellen' and 'The Talk' takes Manhattan
Schedules subject to change
Mon: John Edward
Tues: Melissa McCarthy
Wed: Wallace Jeffs & Former Members of FLD
Thurs: children & teens trapped in the wrong bodies
Fri: money coach Clark Howard
"Live! With Kelly"
Mon: David Hyde Pierce, the winners of "The Amazing Race", Chris Byrne, guest co-host Taye Diggs
Tue: Michelle Pfeiffer, Anthony Hamilton, guest co-host Kevin Jonas
Wed: Jude Law, the "The Biggest Loser" winner, Lawrence Zarian, guest co-host Bryant Gumbel
Thurs: Robert Downey Jr., Lady Antebellum, David Pogue, guest co-host Michael Buble
Fri: Daniel Craig, guest co-host Michael Buble
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"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Mon: Allison Janney, Maggie Elizabeth Jones
Tues: Diane Keaton
Wed: Charlize Theron, Kevin Nealon, Christina Perri performs
Thurs: Lindsay Lohan
Fri: Amy Poehler
"The Rachael Ray Show"
Mon: Jessica & Ashlee Simpson
Tues: Jeff Probst
Wed: Jason Lee, Carter Oosterhouse
Thurs: Kathy Griffin
Fri: Patrick Wilson, Steve Guttenberg, Wes Martin; performance by Il Volo
It's New York week!
Mon: Kim Cattrall, Dylan Walsh,
Tues: Samuel L. Jackson & Angela Bassett, David Letterman, Andy Cohen, Michael Emerson
Wed: Donnie Wahlberg, Gayle King, Sharon Osbourne transforms into Mary Poppins on Broadway
Thurs: Brooke Shields, Patrick Wilson
Fri: Donald Trump, Archie Panjabi, Paul Shaffer
Mon (7-9 a.m.): Scarlett Johansson, (10-11 a.m.): Terry Fator
Tues (7-9 a.m.): The Professionals, Christopher Plummer, (10-11 a.m.): Thomas Haden Church, Colin Ford & Maggie Elizabeth Jones
Wed (7-9 a.m.): Matt Damon, Robin Wright, Brian Boitano
Thurs (7-9 a.m.): Sandra Bullock (10-11 a.m.): Elizabeth McGovern
Fri (7-9 a.m.): Daniel Craig
Mon: Donald Trump, Paul Anka performs
Tues: Republican Presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, Jr.; Marlo Thomas ; Dylan Lauren
Wed: Rachael Ray& Guy Fieri
Thurs: Harry Connick, Jr.; Tracey Gold; performance from Connick, Jr. and the cast of Broadway's "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever."
Fri: Claire Danes, Lisa Lillien
"The Wendy Williams Show"
Mon: Jonah Hill, Alysia Joy Powell, Common performs
Tues: Ivanka Trump, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. performs
Wed: Jane Kaczmarek, "The Biggest Loser" winner
Thurs: Tracee Elis Ross, Candy Spelling, Mariel Hemingway
Fri: the Judacamp choir performs
'Mary Tyler Moore Show' vets Ed Asner and Betty White to reunite
Sue Ann Nivens and Lou Grant will reunite on "Hot in Cleveland" next year, according to this Entertainment Weekly report.
Translation for anyone under 30 years old: Ed Asner will co-star alongside series regular Betty White -- with whom he once starred on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," last century's version of "30 Rock" -- and old people everywhere will plotz.
"Cleveland" is developing quite a rep for sitcom reunions, previously pitting Mary Tyler Moore with White; Bonnie Franklin with her "One Day at a Time" co-star Valerie Bertinelli; and Jane Leeves with her "Frasier" co-star John Mahoney.
Will the Happy Homemaker, 89, and the Dour News Chief, 82, rekindle the secret love they shared on Season 6, Episode 18 of that '70s show?
Unfortunately, no details have leaked about the upcoming "Cleveland," episode, which will shoot in February and air next summer.
"Hot in Cleveland" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TV Land.
'The View' to salute Llanview in a special episode
It's official: Llanview has left the building. The "One Life to Live" ABC finale will air on Jan. 13, but that episode has already been taped and today, Dec. 9, was the cast's final day to clear out their dressing rooms. With production wrapped, however, comes renewed hope for an after-life on the internet, along with news that "The View" will salute "One Life to Live" in a special episode just hours before the finale.
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“I am awake and dreading today," Hillary B. Smith tweeted Thursday. "It is the day I move the last of my stuff from the dressing room and say good by to my family. I will roll my stuff unaided through the audience waiting in line to see The View like a discarded lover when she has been all used up. After 20 years of caring and bleeding for this show. I feel dismissed. Like we are all being told, 'Move along. Nothing to see here.'”
Smith softened the blow with a Llanview ladies' night, meeting up with costars Kassie DePaiva, Kristen Alderson and Florencia Lozano, show publicist Lauri Hogan and costume designer Susan Gammie on Wednesday. The love-fest seemed to give them all a boost.
"These women carried me for 18 years during my time at OLTL," tweeted DePaiva, pictured hugging onscreen daughter Alderson. "Their love and friendship shaped my everyday existence. I treasure each them and cherish my memories!"
Alderson, who grew up on the show, tweeted out the goodbye photos from the ladies' night, while her brother and costar Eddie tweeted out the above twitpic of the empty stages when the sibs packed up their dressing rooms earlier that day.
Will 'One Life to Live' make it to the net?
Soap fans were heartbroken when Prospect Park announced they were "suspending aspirations" to bring "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" back to life on the internet. Just this week, however, Variety reported that the production company that bought digital rights to the canceled ABC sudsers is meeting with potential partners.
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Erika Slezak (Viki Lord) will serve as guest host for an episode that promises never-before seen footage of the final taping; interviews with special guest stars and returning cast members; surprise appearances; an exclusive sneak peek clip of the final show and the cast and crew uniting for their final group photo. Creator Agnes Nixon will also stop by and fans can of course expect a "One Life to Live" montage of memorable moments.
Those who wish to be studio audience members can email their request ASAP to: TheViewSalutesOLTL@gmail.com.
"One Life to Live" airs weekdays on ABC, until Jan. 13. "The View" airs weekdays on ABC
Wrestling icon-turned-life coach Tweets about possible reality show
The former 'Daily Show' staffer gets a promotion from CBS
Nearly all former "Daily Show" reporters, from Steve Carell and Ed Helms to Rachael Harris and Olivia Munn, have gone on to more substantial fame and recognition. So why not the same for egghead Mo Rocca?
As it happens, the bespectacled funnyman has been contributing to Charles Osgood-hosted "CBS Sunday Morning News" as a columnist for the past five years. But the network has announced that Rocca's been promoted to full-time correspondent, meaning he's arguably the only "Daily Show" alum to move on and become an authentic mainstream journalist.
Did 'GMA' ambush him with Kim questions?
Kris Humphries is reportedly "livid" with "Good Morning America," on which he broke his five-week silence Friday morning about his being married for 72 days to whatshernameagain.
According to unnamed sources cited in this TMZ report, the NBA player and future ex-Mr. Kardashian says he was promised that the interview would not focus on the only reason anyone is still interested in him.
During a cookie-baking segment with his mother, Debra, Humphries was asked, point-blank, about his annulment filing and whether he still loved Kim Kardashian. A pre-written banner under his image read: "KRIS HUMPHRIES SPEAKS OUT: HIS LIFE WITH KIM."
Humphries deflected with banal statements such as: "I'm focused on just what I can control, which is being ready to play ball and supporting my mom and her cookie baking."
Check out how uncomfortable he appears in the footage:
The closest thing to a direct response "GMA" got was when the show asked if being followed by E! cameras 24/7 contributed to the split.
"I can't say for sure," Humphries replied. "It's the only time I've been married."
An ABC rep responded to TMZ, denying that this morning's show had any ground rules.
"Good Morning America" airs weekday mornings on ABC.