Two and a Half Men Shocker: Hugh Grant to Replace Charlie Sheen?

It’s long been reported that Two and a Half Men was going after a big name to replace Charlie Sheen next season, and now, thanks to TVLine’s sister site, Deadline.com, we know who it is: Hugh Grant!

Well, make that “who it was.” According to Deadline’s Nikki Finke, the deal — which would’ve paid the former matinee idol a cool $1 million per episode — fell through yesterday over creative differences. Mind you, that doesn’t mean that negotiations are completely dead necessarily. But it doesn’t look good.

Would you have watched Men with Grant as its leading man? Got another actor in mind to fill Sheen’s shoes? Let rip below. If CBS execs want to announce its fired lead’s replacement at next week’s upfronts, they needs all the help it can get!



Comments (192)

  • Kill this show already. It was never funny, and it wasn’t because of the actors in it.

    Comment by alex – May 11, 2011 10:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Amen to that!

      Comment by Andy – May 11, 2011 10:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I second that. It’s been dumb for years!

      Comment by Booth_girl – May 11, 2011 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i think it only got less funny after season 5 when Jake started growing up. i think the safe bet would be to cancel

      Comment by matt – May 11, 2011 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Exactly… Jake was continuously dumbed down as he grew up. The 1/2 man hasn’t been there for a while, now no Charlie? The STAR of the show? Nope won’t be watching no matter who they replace him with.

        Comment by TheOtherGuy – May 12, 2011 05:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t think quality of the show is a determining factor when CBS renews/cancels a show.

      Comment by Sourabh – May 11, 2011 10:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • amen!

        Comment by stevenjaba – May 11, 2011 11:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I dont think quality is a determining factor for any network..
        It couldnt possibly be. Look at whats on television today… Most of it is trash… and the few good shows that come around get cancelled early.

        Comment by TargetDemo – May 11, 2011 05:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The show would be better if they made Alan & Jake into cop partners. CBS has a nice spectrum of shows, but they are clearly missing a police procedural show to round out the lineup.

      Comment by Ted – May 11, 2011 11:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Haha! Comment win. CBS must stand for cop buddy syndicate. And yet they are the most watched network apparently…
        As for two and a half men, it’s been dead from the word go so put it out of its misery!

        Comment by Bokkie – May 11, 2011 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • This comment is bursting with Ha!

        Comment by Doug – May 11, 2011 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Hilarious!

        Comment by Tajah – May 12, 2011 02:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed about killing it already. It was dead in the water and stopped being funny the minute the boring fiance was introduced.

      Comment by april-ann – May 11, 2011 12:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed! Networks are so quick to cancel new shows but yet they won’t let a show die that so obviously needs to.

      Comment by Patricia – May 11, 2011 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Actually, I might have checked it out with Hugh in the lead. It probably would have become a completely different show – one that had a bit of wit and didn’t treat women like crap! I’m kind of picturing the shallow man he initially played in “About a Boy.” Of course, Hugh isn’t enough to overcome truly awful writing (and a bad co-star) like Notting Hill, but he probably could have attracted a whole new demographic. But since they won’t be signing him because of “creative differences” TPTB probably weren’t planning on an interesting new take towards the show, anyway. Better just cancel it.

      Comment by sarah h – May 11, 2011 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Charlie Sheen in my opinion was just a straight man for the real talent on this show. John Cryer didnt win an Emmy for nothing, Anges is beyond funny, Conchata Farrel is one of the best comidic actresses around and Holland taylor is amazing. The show has always been funny and NOT because of Charlie Sheen. I was SO tired of his drunken escapades any way. Hugh Grant would be great just as long as the show isnt canceled.

      Comment by Donna King – May 11, 2011 07:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i agree!cancel the show!it was funny for 5 years and then went downhill.

      Comment by Andrew Z – May 12, 2011 04:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would love it!

    Comment by Amanda – May 11, 2011 10:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I had an idea this morning for a replacement – Corey Feldman

    Comment by Alan – May 11, 2011 10:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That gave me another idea: Gary Busey. You’ll have enough material so you can fire the writers, too.

      Comment by Derek – May 11, 2011 11:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I actually thought of this when I was watching Celebrity Apprentice. He’d be a definite improvement over Sheen, and I think he’d bring in some viewers.

        Comment by Shania – May 11, 2011 01:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I’ve never seen the show with Sheen. This I would watch. Reminds me of About a Boy.

          Comment by Amber – May 11, 2011 08:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s freaking awesome! Well, I rather not losing Sheen in the show, but since that ship’s sailed, I think Grant’s a great name. You can see in some movies that sam’old “I don’t care”-look in his face, and I’d most certainly watch the show.

    Though he’s not, of course, the best sam’old: Charlie Sheen.

    Comment by Erik Avilez – May 11, 2011 10:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t get how it would have worked. Way to shott for the moon…might as well cancel the show

    Comment by bmospr04 – May 11, 2011 10:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again.. Robert Downey Jr.

    Comment by Mags – May 11, 2011 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • who is making iron man 3 and the avengers, and i imagine is far too busy to commit to a tv show

      Comment by steph – May 11, 2011 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And don’t forget the Sherlock Holmes franchise.

      Comment by Bob – May 11, 2011 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Robert Downey Jr has so many offers for movies he’s turning them down and he makes top dollar doing it.
      I sincerely doubt he would want to be tied down or take a step down in his career for a TV sitcom.

      Although he would be funny in the part.

      Comment by Laurel – May 11, 2011 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • “the part” What part? They’re not going to just replace the actor playing that character.

        Comment by jrs – May 11, 2011 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I could so see downey playing a great charlie, but hes to in the limelight with movies right now if this was pre-07 i think they would have pushed for him

        Comment by caz – May 12, 2011 06:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yepp Robert Downey Jr is agood man for the role, but i will miss charlie sheen alot, he is a pretty good actor and i respect him alot, so i hope he will come in the later seasons. :)

      Comment by Ralfieboy – May 12, 2011 01:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t stand Hugh Grant…so no. Corey Feldman might be pretty funny. But I would really rather not lose Charlie.

    Comment by Lisa – May 11, 2011 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That ship has sailed. Sorry, no Charlie.

      Comment by Bob – May 11, 2011 10:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now that’s what I call an amazing idea! From what I’ve seem in American Dream, Hugh can play a great d*ck and still be charming as hell.

    It probably won’t happen, but I’d sure watch the show with Grant in it!

    Comment by Martijn – May 11, 2011 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree !!!!!

      I’ll even watch the show with HUGH woo hoo..

      Comment by clem – May 11, 2011 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed! I have never liked the show, but if Hugh Grant was on it, I would definitely watch.

      Comment by Lindsey – May 11, 2011 06:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow…It would be great *___*

    Comment by Jessica. – May 11, 2011 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve always hated 2 1/2 men, refused to watch it. THIS I would watch. I LOVE Hugh Grant.

    Comment by Kiki – May 11, 2011 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve never watched Two and a Half Men, but I would have given it a try if Hugh Grant was on the show.

    Comment by Megan – May 11, 2011 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hugh Grant is amazing, I’m all for him on Two and a Half Men!

    Comment by Blink – May 11, 2011 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Don’t do it, Hugh!!!

    Comment by Sarah P. – May 11, 2011 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No… Hugh Grant

    I think Christian Slater would be perfect!!!!

    Comment by Kerry – May 11, 2011 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i was thinking the same thing.

      Comment by bmospr04 – May 11, 2011 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He’s already got a show.

      Comment by Ralphie – May 11, 2011 11:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No he doesn’t, FOX just cancelled it.

        Comment by Abe Froman – May 11, 2011 11:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow, Yeah, had that happened, I would’ve watched my first two and half men episode.

    Comment by Mona – May 11, 2011 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about Judd Nelson from The Breakfast Club?

    Comment by Karen Koepke – May 11, 2011 10:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He’s a psycho and a menace to work with. There’s no way that would ever happen. They’re looking for someone that people get along with..

      Comment by BRETT – May 11, 2011 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Judd Nelson already played the ex-husband of that girl from Melrose Place that Alan was/is dating, no? It would be weird to have him play two different people on that show, unless they just had him keep playing the ex-husband guy. But they obviously don’t seem to have a problem working with him if they’ve hired him before. However, I don’t think he’s a big enough name if they’re really going for a big name. But the problem with big names is who’s really want to want to step down from doing movies to going back to doing a TV series? It would have to be someone who’s on their way down in life instead of on their way up, and they’ve already seen that hiring someone who’s on their way down doesn’t work.

      Comment by Amber – May 11, 2011 02:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m with the others who have never watched this show (save for a rerun here and there) but this would make me tune in! Hugh Grant would be the perfect addition – like Martijn said, he’s great at playing a d*ck while still being charming. I wouldn’t miss an episode if he were brought on! I hope negotiations continue!!!!

    Comment by Gilby – May 11, 2011 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Would have totally watched.

    Comment by brynna – May 11, 2011 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hugh Grant would be phenomenol! He can play an idiot womanizer and still be loveable. It would be interesting to see him up against Jon Cryers character and I can totally see a cool dynamic between him and Charlie & Alans mother!

    Comment by galley – May 11, 2011 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I know someone! Why not give it to the guy who never should’ve left? Bring Charlie Sheen back, for crying out loud!!!

    Comment by Thais – May 11, 2011 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Charlie deserved to be fired and he should stay fired.

      Comment by Carm – May 11, 2011 10:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I disagree 100% with you on that one, but hey, we’re all entitled to have an opinion.

        Comment by Thais – May 11, 2011 10:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Charlie, is that you?

          Comment by stevenjaba – May 11, 2011 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Charlie needs to stay gone until he realizes that he is just as sick as Lindsay Lohan. The public does not deserve to put up with either one of these crack pots. 2 1/2 Men does deserve to complete some storylines that are out there swimming in the Pacific Ocean. Dollars to donuts, Alan has a daughter with the ex. Charlie could just marry Rose and disappear. Please do not end the show just yet. Jake could become the next Charlie!!!

        Comment by dee – May 11, 2011 07:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was done with 2 1/2 men but Hugh Grant is a great choice. I would watch.

    Comment by Lulu – May 11, 2011 10:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thanks to the idiots at Fox, Christian Slater is now available so I think Two and a Half Men should hire him.

    Comment by Renee – May 11, 2011 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Because of those idiots at Fox, there are a LOT of people available now.

      Comment by Bob – May 11, 2011 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • They should replace Sheen with Jackie Earle Haley! Transform the character from a drunk half-witted womanizer into a dark, dangerous, potentially psychopathic killer. I’d actually watch the show then.

        Comment by Sassy – May 11, 2011 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Breaking In is cancelled already?

      Comment by Lettcie – May 11, 2011 11:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Jeremy Piven

    Comment by Kevin – May 11, 2011 10:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes please! I was thinking about that too. He would be a perfect fit and I’d love to see him in that role now that Entourage is ending soon. =)

      Comment by Jana – May 11, 2011 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh gawd, two words to jeremy piven – “pee” and “yuke”. That man makes my skin crawl, not that it really matters. I’ve never watched an episode of this show and never will, but still they do show commercials.

      Comment by jrs – May 11, 2011 01:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll agre: ROBERT DOWNEY JR IS PERFECT FOR THE ROLE! Especially cause he might get the show bigger and better!

    Comment by Pearl – May 11, 2011 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope they work this out. I would watch all 22 episodes if they made this change.

    Comment by John Berggren – May 11, 2011 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve never watched this show. Not for any particular reason, I just never tuned in. I would definitely give it a shot for Hugh Grant!

    Comment by Jerzy – May 11, 2011 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • is he going to play charlie or just someone else??? because they really don’t look alike!

    Comment by silly – May 11, 2011 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like Hugh G. I think the producers should play the gay card. It would give new direction to the show. Another womanizer would be boring. Been there, done that. Change is needed to revive the show.

    Comment by I Lohr – May 11, 2011 10:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ralph Macchio

    Comment by Benny – May 11, 2011 10:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why would Hugh Grant agree to do this?

    Comment by Rolfe – May 11, 2011 10:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 1 million a week maybe?

      Comment by Benny – May 11, 2011 10:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Though I can’t think of anything that he’s done recently Hugh Grant is a pretty popular movie star. $1 million per episode might be enticing if his career is in the toilet, but still he’s a big enough star that he shouldn’t have to settle for a show that fired it’s star.

        Comment by lacey – May 11, 2011 08:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Whose moronic idea is this? This is a terrible idea. Charlie had to go, but I only watched the show to see John Cryer anyway. He was the funny one. Build the show around him. Adding Hugh Grant, would essentially kill any chance this show has, at succeeding without Sheen. Grant is horrible! I certainly wouldn’t be tuning in again, if he was added.

    Comment by Jay – May 11, 2011 10:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If Hugh Grant does a TV show he should have a new show built around him.

    Comment by Davey – May 11, 2011 10:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree, Davey. If he’s willing to do TV, he should have a fresh show. If he does one for the same producers, everyone but the actors could keep their jobs. Sorry, “Jake”!

      Comment by Cincy – May 11, 2011 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The entire show got two and a half laughs during it’s whole duration. Sometimes people need to put an old dog to sleep. And this show should’ve happened years ago!!! I hate to see someone (or some show) suffering!!!!

    Comment by V3n0m – May 11, 2011 10:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I probably won’t watch the show anymore. But I am really disappointed with Charlie sheen. Obviously he doesn’t understand that he made that show. It definitely will not be the same.

    Comment by ketta – May 11, 2011 10:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Isn’t ii obvious?? Emilio Estevez

    Comment by Goldie – May 11, 2011 10:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • @ goldie……………..GENIUS, now that’s what i am talking about

      Comment by tory – May 11, 2011 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Emilio Estevez already played a character on the show, and I believe he died in the episode he was in. =) It’s a funny idea, though.

      Comment by Amber – May 11, 2011 02:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • How about Martin Sheen? He can play their father’s twin brother that they never knew about but turns out to be Alan’s “real” dad. He moves into the beach house to get to know Alan better… and then the mom moves in because she lost her home because of the economy. Have the boy come around more often and keep the housekeeper. Send Charlie away with Rose on a cruise around the world to explain his absence. Ta Da. Re-write complete!

        Comment by I like the show – May 12, 2011 06:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This series was NEVER funny. That it lasted this long says a great deal about the viewers and what THEY consider funny. As for Hugh Grant, it would be nice to see him on television but in something that resembles a true comedy as opposed to this sophmoric nonense.

    Comment by Tania – May 11, 2011 10:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m quite confused about all the people who say this show isn’t funny. I’m highly educated, very intelligent (140 IQ), and very well-versed in a wide array of comedy and I think this is one of the funniest shows on TV in recent memory. Heck, even the vanity cards often make me laugh out loud. Maybe everyone who’s complaining is some sort of “The Office” snob and thinks that all the best comedy has to be so subtle as to be nearly invisible?

      Comment by Dave – May 11, 2011 04:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Man, learn a sense of humor. This show was consistently funny. Whether it dealt with “Charlie”, “Allen”, or “Jake”. The show just had good writers. And the same producer as Big Bang Theory Dumbass. Is that not funny too?

      Comment by Big Tone – May 12, 2011 06:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That has got to be the most preposterous casting EVER!!!!! Hugh Grant on Two and a Half Men?????????? Oh goodness, they need to fire whoever came up w/ that idea.

    Comment by tory – May 11, 2011 10:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I say Charlie sheen should replace Charlie sheen. Just don’t hire any trolls.

    Comment by Richard head – May 11, 2011 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wouldnt watch this without Charlie Sheen, especially if that panzy chick flick magnet Grant would be in it. Sheen IS Two and a Half Men. Without him, the show is DOD.

    Comment by Fox Jericho – May 11, 2011 10:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Creative differences and they have not filmed an episode yet we want a whole season not a creative shutdown again

    Comment by Kevin – May 11, 2011 10:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It reminds me of the Harry Shearer’s word about his departure from SNL for “creative differences”: “I was creative. They were different.”

      Comment by Dwigt – May 11, 2011 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jeremy Piven should replace charlie sheen!!! he would take the humor
    to a whole new level!!!!

    Comment by Josh – May 11, 2011 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would have watched it with Hugh Grant. Definitely wouldn’t have with Charlie Sheen still on it.

    Comment by Jill – May 11, 2011 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Like the idea of Hugh Grant but throwing another name into the mix, John Cusack. Awesome comic timing with the nonchalant face to match and let’s face it his film career seems to be stumbling a bit recently.

    Comment by Rich – May 11, 2011 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Have Sheen, Lorre, WB and CBS make up and bring Sheen back for one last season.

    Comment by WB Frog – May 11, 2011 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great another loser to replace a loser. Just cancel it already.

    Comment by Brad – May 11, 2011 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hugh Grant would be a good choice, assuming the show has a fiscal need to continue at all. Presumably there is an unsurance obligation or something between the network and Chuck Lorre obligating the attempt.

    There may still be some equity in the brand, as a habit for some viewers.

    But rather than another celeb who has been busted with a hooker, how about going in the opposite direction?

    A female who has also been tabloid fodder. Maybe Lindsay Lohan is going through gender reasssignment so the grown-up son and Jon Cryer are the two men and Lindsay is the half-man.

    Comment by Jawsphobia – May 11, 2011 11:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Betty White.

    Comment by c-me – May 11, 2011 11:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m no prude, I make a living shooting fine art nudes, but the crap that this show, HIMYM, and even mike and Molly are just way too raunchy for broadcast TV. I don’t understand the appeal of this show nor it’s characters.

    Comment by Xtremecamera – May 11, 2011 11:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • prude. get laid once in a while you’ll understand. and not by your steady 4 year girlfriend Trisha. From a skank down the street. Then you’ll start liking the humor more

      Comment by Big Tone – May 12, 2011 06:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That would have been interesting!

    Comment by raelee514 – May 11, 2011 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes. I’d watch Two an a half men if Hugh grant was to take Charlie sheen’s place!!

    Comment by Natalie – May 11, 2011 11:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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