Two and a Half Men Almost Replaced Charlie Sheen with...

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Jeremy Piven. John Stamos. Bob Saget.

Plenty of names have been batted around as possible replacements for Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men, but CBS almost took fans by surprise with the actor Deadline Hollywood reports came very close to signing.

Hugh Grant was allegedly THISclose to putting his name on a contract that would have paid him $1 million per episode. Alas, the deal fell apart at the last moment due to "creative differences."

Hugh Grant

Would Grant have made a suitable sitcom star? He'd certainly bring something different to the show than Sheen or Jon Cryer.

The network is hoping to fill Sheen's voice prior to announcing its fall schedule at Upfronts next week. But with this development, that possibility is seeming less likely.


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okay, I have heard of trolls, but this is insane. You, whoever you are, that put in that whole Egyptian bit, are you at aware, even the tinest bit, of how out of sync and off the wall your rant is in here? What are you ON dude? You're freakin me out, please stay in some RPG gameworld and off these forums. Creepy and totally weird.


I agree with the long and boring


Wow, very long and boring comments here... Too bad Grant would have been a good fall guy.


When I think of Hugh Grant I think he is a social retard.. Come on people, he was on Leno once, and admitting that the black girl was ____________ in the car when the cops came and busted them. Is that good "Moral Turpitude" = and he's not even an American... What is it with you guys, are there no American actors that need a paycheck, ready to take on a warlocks job? Get Sheen on his knees and get him least try it, one day at a time......Hope for the best, get the best....Warlocks have magic...let it shine.....


Hugh Grant would be wrong wrong wrong. I say, Chuck Lorre and Les Moonves and Peter Roth should sit at lunch at the W/B at order a cobb salad each and ice tea. Then, the three of them tell Charlie Sheen to get on his knees and say he is sorry for being so insulting ...lets, see, how about, he says he's sorry for insulting just about everybody, the network, himself, Charlie Levine and Sheen's 3 xwives, all his old girlfriends, his cast, his crew, his make up and all the editors, other script writers, other show runners, and most of all... US Joe Public that had to hear about this mess for weeks. But Joe Public is VERY forgiving...And, last I heard, Charlie wanted his job back after he was sober a few weeks and had the guts to admit he was wrong on a multitude of levels. But, forgive and forget. For Charlie Sheen to come back for another 22 or 20 episodes I feel it would take great script writing. We never know ,,,US Joe Public, what goes on behind the scenes. Charlie Sheen said he felt he was treated by Chuck Lorre like a cold up of coffee at 9pm....Maybe he needs an expresso machine on set that works....And some appreciation. Sounds like Sheen didnt like the way Lorre kept talking to him about his weight, or whatever. Sheen didnt like the way Lorre treated others on set and he said, Lorre was wailing on someone that has been there a very long time....So its he said, he said, they did, they didnt do....on and on and on... Bottom line, why give Charlie Sheen free money since his contract was signed for next season. Make him work for it. Rehire him back to the W/B, and he has to be on his very good behavior with his Goddess by his side and Lorre should learn to kiss his ___________ due to the fact, Charlie Sheen is sensitive, like a tree in a wind, everyone bends a little out of their way so it can be business as usual and have the final season be the best final season every for the 18 million viewers this show once had. No other comedy show came close to the numbers this show had. No other comedy could get close to 20 million viewers and beat American Idol numbers... An advertisers dream...Always making the make goods here....Unless you cancel next year... If Sheen wants to say he's sorry, and Lorre stops with the annoying vanity cards, could this show go on... Has Chuck Lorre gone over to Charlies home to clear up misunderstandings......Pool Pary with Mia...Denise and Brooke. Why do people always get lawyers, wrong, wrong just plain wrong. If your at that luncheon table with Lorre, Les, Peter and Sheen, I want to be there to talk about the ROSE SHOW....Sheen can play a minor part so he can tour the world with his sold out concerts where people come to boo him...That must wear on his ego, and now that Sheen misses that two million a week paycheck and an I'm sorry is more then ever needing to happen for him. There can't be a replacement for a warlock. But, I like the way, Rose could do a show and get a huge women audience....She needs some fun girlfriends and lots of action at the Malibu bars. Without the cops pulling them over for a dui.. I'm thinking of a replacement if the relationship can't be healed. (not like either of them go to church on Sundays.) Robert Downey, there's your replacement. But, I dont know if anyone his caliber would want to hurt Sheens feelings...Such a cut throat businss, we all know that..... How can you make a show about total disfunction, then think Sheen is to live a normal life with an abnormal paycheck he wasnt ready to have. I think agents run the world, I'd like his agent, call me, ready to work..Contract happy...The good news CBS and the WB got Charlie out of a lot of circumstances, the bad news is Charlies big mouth and access to all the major networks and rag mags any time he wants to vent. I hope you can work things out, it would be said that if it just stops without Sheen. I've seen companies hire people back after they got fired. Usually the UNION steps in and creates a settlement. So is SAG involved? People with level heads where forgiveness meets sanity and a stop to name calling. Frankly, CBS should stop Chuck Lorre doing those STUPID vanity cards....just stop your nonsense. Hey, I'm just saying, it's over the top...stop and write scripts that mean something funny.
Know when to end your show without those annoying cards. Lee Aronsohn doesn't do weekly vanity cards, and Bill Prady doesnt, Chuck must think that instead of acting he wants to build his brand up with a card that is negative towards people, places and things. Nouns, verbs and adjatives....just end those. Showrunners can write the best scripts, hire the best actors, get the best set designers in and get the best networks, and best show dates and time, and get support from the best ad agencies coast to coast.......but without people supporting each other in front of their face and behind their backs have nothing..... Charlie Sheen needs holistic help. If this show and the W/B and CBS can't support Charlie Sheen and forgive him due to his upbringing and excess, then there is no hope ever to kick American Idols ass in future ratings... If Bon Jovi replaced'd have back some major numbers.
Bon Jovi gives to good causes and you can depend on him. If he'd do it....could you imagine that..... Get rid of the live plays you do in front of people, stop with the stupid laughing in the backround, and just do like Modern Family does......think outside boxes...... Tell me when that Cobb Salad is ready....I like extra avacado. Hold the cheesecake.......give it to your tour guides...

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