Actor Charlie Sheen, beset by personal and health problems, entered a rehabilitation center, forcing CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. Television to halt production of top-rated comedy “Two and a Half Men.”
“Due to Charlie Sheen’s decision to enter a rehabilitation center, CBS, Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Chuck Lorre are placing ‘Two and a Half Men’ on production hiatus,” the companies said today in an e-mailed statement. “We are profoundly concerned for his health and well-being, and support his decision.”
“Two and a Half Men,” in which Sheen, 45, plays a hard-living musician, was TV’s most-watched comedy last week and eighth in the ratings in overall viewership, according to Nielsen Co. data. The show, along with dramas such as “NCIS” and “Hawaii Five-O,” have put CBS at the top of the audience ratings in the TV season that started in September.
Warner Bros. has produced 16 episodes this season, of which 14 have aired, Paul McGuire, a Warner Bros. spokesman in Burbank, California, said today in an interview. CBS ordered 24 episodes, said Chris Ender, a network spokesman in Los Angeles.
“Since we don’t know the length of the hiatus at this point, it’s impossible to speculate on the actual number of episodes that will air this season,” Ender said in an interview.
Sheen signed a two-year contract in May that made him one of the highest-paid actors on prime-time television, the Associated Press reported. He gets more than $1 million per episode for the Monday night show, the Los Angeles Times said in May, without citing a source for the information.
“Charlie Sheen has voluntarily entered an undisclosed rehabilitation center today,” Stan Rosenfield, the actor’s publicist, said in an e-mail. “He is most grateful to all who have expressed their concern.”
Sheen was taken to a hospital yesterday complaining of severe stomach pain. Rosenfield had told AP today he would be back on the set next week. Sheen asked that his privacy be respected at this time and doesn’t plan to make further information available, Rosenfield said in the e-mail.
CBS, based in New York, fell 98 cents to $19.28 at 4:15 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. Time Warner, New York-based parent of the Warner Bros. production company that makes the show, fell 59 cents to $31.72.