Charlie Sheen will return to CBS’s “Two and a Half Men,” according to the actor’s publicist, ending a contract dispute that threatened the highest-rated comedy on network television.
“To put a fitting end on the two and one-half months of whirlwind speculation, I’m looking forward to returning to my CBS home on Monday nights,” Sheen said in a statement. “I want to thank Les Moonves for his support.”
CBS, which plans to announce its schedule for next season tomorrow, can count on “Two and a Half Men” to anchor its Monday night comedy line-up. The New York-based network is home to eight of the 10 highest-rated scripted programs on broadcast television this season, according to Nielsen Co. data.
CBS and Warner Bros. Television halted production of the show in February, when Sheen, 44, sought treatment at a rehabilitation facility. He was arrested on Dec. 25 in Aspen, Colorado, for alleged domestic violence.
CBS, controlled by Chairman Sumner Redstone, fell 34 cents to $14.91 at 4:02 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The shares have climbed 6.1 percent this year. New York-based Time Warner fell 1 cent to $30.62.