In a case of good news/bad news for the crew of CBS’ Two and a Half Men, TVLine has learned that following a month-long hiatus precipitated by Charlie Sheen’s semi-voluntary at-home rehab, TV’s most watched sitcom will resume production on February 28 — though for four fewer episodes than planned.
Were the series to fulfill its original 24-episode order, it’d crank out another eight half-hours upon getting the band back together. Instead, the plan is to bank just four new shows for this season, taping on March 4, 11, 18 and 25.
Sheen recently claimed (during a call-in to DirecTV’s The Dan Patrick Show) that he was rarin’ to return to work, only to find the studio doors closed to him.
“It’s like I heal really quickly,” he said of his inclination to resume production sooner than his bosses wanted. “But I unravel pretty quickly. So get me right now, guys.”
Sheen, however, claims to have been “supremely grateful” for the intervention. “Basically, [CBS] showed up at my house and said, ‘Dude, it’s getting really obvious, and we’re really worried about you. We don’t give a rat’s patootie about the show, we care about your health.’ So… just man-to-man they said, ‘We have to shut it down.'”