To us civilians, the amount of rope extended to someone like Charlie Sheen sometimes seems almost unfathomable. If we did some modest fraction of what the 45-year-old actor’s been doing lately, we would be suspended, fired, expelled, busted and probably thrown in jail. But then, we’re not worth a potential quarter-billion dollars to a major corporation. The Hollywood Reporter estimates Warner Bros. could lose $250 million if the show shut down for good. And that raises the next logical question, which is whether the show could survive without Sheen. Obviously “One and A Half Men” wouldn’t be the same show. But could some other character be written into Sheen’s role and keep the show viable? It’d be tough. Sheen has a unique persona, which is why he’s a movie and TV star. But you have to figure Warner Bros., the show’s production company, and CBS would at least consider it. Major characters were replaced on “M*A*S*H” and “Cheers” and those shows went on — though both had larger core ensemble casts. Long-running dramas like “ER” and “Law & Order” replaced major characters all the time. It’s tougher in a sitcom, but who knows? It is potentially doable. But Sheen has… Read full this story
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