Is Charlie Sheen Winning, Or Begging for Work?

Apparently frustrated by nearly an entire week of being comparatively “under the radar,” Charlie Sheen is back making headlines — yet those of a suspect kind.

Rumors and reports surfaced on Monday suggesting that Sheen was in talks with assorted Fox bigwigs (about, for example, fronting a new late-night talker) and/or CBS (to discuss a return to Two and a Half Men).

Sheen hinted at the former scenario during a “surprise” Monday visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live, gifting the host with a mug that had (clumsily) pasted on it illustrations of a tiger (get it, “tiger’s blood”!) and a fox.

As for a Two and a Half Men comeback, that would obviously demand much extending of olive branches ‘tween the actor and his former employers at Warner Bros. TV and CBS, making it the more questionable of the rumors. As New York Magazine’s Vulture blog notes, “It makes no sense that [CBS CEO Les Moonves] would suddenly decide that Sheen should return without any new development” in the form of undergoing actual, not-at-home rehab or proffering an apology.

More likely, Vulture posits, “sources sympathetic to Sheen may be deliberately leaking out ‘news’ … in order to create the impression that Sheen is in demand,” when he in fact remains unemployed after being terminated from his high-paying sitcom gig, all the while carrying on with his hard-partying lifestyle.

Bona fide or not, Sheen sought to capitalize on the new buzz with the Kimmel drop-in — coincidentally just as guest Mark Cuban said that he was discussing “a lot of different” possible HDNet projects with Sheen, whom he hailed as “a very smart guy.”

The Sheen stop-by, though, had little teeth. Instead, he merely tossed assorted plug-plug-plug T-shirts to the audience after planting a long kiss on Kimmel’s “very moist” lips.

Watch the clip here (the audience hooplah winds down at the 1:30 mark), if you like, then hit comments to share your thoughts on the Sheen situation. Do you think we perhaps have not seen the last of him on Two and a Half Men?

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  1. Joe B. says:

    He popped in on a Mark Cuban interview, and we all know he’s been in talks with Cuban for an HDNet show. I didn’t even know, BTW, that HDNet was still in biz, TWCable removed it systemwide about a couple years ago. The only person who’s playing this game with Sheen is Cuban, who will do just about anything to get his mug on TV on a channel that people actually watch.

    I can’t for the life of me understand why CBS and Warners at this point would have anything to do with the guy. I was pretty sure these “meetings at the network” rumors were coming from his camp, now I’m sure of it.

    Thanks, I promised myself I wouldn’t write about this at my own blog. So I did this here. Thanks.

    And Cuban should be careful, he wouldn’t wanna be perceived as a loose cannon or a … oh, that’s right. Forget I said it.

  2. Liza180 says:

    I’ve said this since the beginning…sheen knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s known it from the beginning when he decided he wanted to be fired so he wouldn’t have to break his contracts d could sue for the money he’s out. It’s not the money so much because he makes millions in syndication, but getting out from u der CBS. Mark Cuban is a douche so I guess they will work perfectly which each other.

  3. John Berggren says:

    I would lose a lot of respect for CBS/Lorre if they rehired Sheen at this point. Honestly I’d lose a lot of respect for anyone who hires him before he gets some real help. Anyone who hires him or promotes him is just feeding his illness – and as far as I’m concerned – taking advantage of him.

    Let him be.

  4. Michael Sacal says:

    Next season on CBS, “$#*! Charlie Sheen Says”.

  5. Midori says:

    I think he is making it up to because people stopped talking about him for a day.

    Why would Fox now want a late night show when they didn’t seem to move on Conan who is a lot more stable?

  6. tlcinvt says:

    I think anyone who gives him a job, or even allows him on a talk show is crazy. Ignore him and let him fall into the CelebReality world, where he and is outrageous behavior belongs.

    • Lorraine says:

      I hope Charlie Sheen does win by not letting those who arent’t him. He is in a fragile state I would imagine, however Charlie knows what the company policy is or person who does that for Charlie, he has made interviews within a short period of time from his business with Two and a Half Men. Charlie has stepped up to the plate by appearing interviews and meanwhile coping with more than everyday stressors and alleged abuse. If Charlie can say he uses this often for example and .tell the world these types of answers it takes therapists/counselors sometimes never to admit if they have a problem. I give him alot of credit and hope to see Charlie Sheen on his way to becoming the best in his profession. God bless. I believe God is no respector of persons. and what miracles and works he has done can be done for us to ex: healing, deliverance drugs,alcohal, deliverance cancer as u no these are all labled as disease. Godspeed. God bless.

  7. Patrick says:

    Sheen will be back on Two and a Half Men. Its ratings would only go up if he returned. It is an absolute money machine for CBS, and they are not walking away from that just cause the star has some issues. A recast might kill the show. The only way to ensure the continued functionality of the money machine is the return of Sheen. I am sure they hoped that the “announcement” of Sheen’s firing would make him change his tune, but it didn’t. Now he has a decent gig with the tour, and a potential gig ON ANOTHER NETWORK. Sheen is going to make the CBS, WBTV, and everyone else absolutely eat it. He isn’t going to apologize. Further, I expect him to demand some sort of apology from his adversaries.

    And he will get it. The money is just too good for CBS to walk away or risk the end of the show in a recast.

  8. Glen says:

    This is obviously another Andy Kaufman/Joaquin Phoenix type stunt. Unfortunately, just like Joaquin Phoenix, Charlie Sheen is doing nowhere near as good a job as Andy Kaufman did.

  9. Nate says:

    CBS screwed the pooch – big time. They handled the whole situation so poorly, no one to blame but themselves. And I couldn’t care less about two and half men. How that show was highly rated in the first place is one of life’s bigger mysteries.

  10. Mallerie says:

    I can’t imagine, after the lengthy dismissal letter that was vetted through their lawyers, that any employer would consider a re-hire regardless of money. Reputation is money, too, and their’s would be mud.

  11. Guy says:

    If CBS and Warner Bros. backflip then they are bigger morons than i thought they were which would make them imo worse than Sheen.

  12. Vatican Assassin Cadre says:

    Charlie Sheen is a hollywood genius and I really don’t think he’s genuinly mentally ill or even that big of a junkie as most people suspect.

    He does party a lot and has a lot of sex with strippers and hookers. However Charlies questionable behaviour as seen on “Sheen’s Korner”, and the news interviews are likely a ploy for publicity. Let’s not forget that he’s a great actor and probably wouldn’t have much of a problem ACTING “mentally ill” and “disturbed”. He’s using this to his advantage and simply making money off of this negative publicity. He likely knows he’s finished as an actor and is just soaking up as much money and publicity as he can before his ship completely sinks.