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AM news tracker: 'Two and a Half Men' copes with Sheen's legal woes. Spielberg may join Fox's prehistoric drama. History's Kennedy series stirs controversy.

February 17, 2010 |  7:10 am

Producers of CBS' top-rated sitcom "Two and a Half Men" can likely adjust the show's shooting schedule to deal with star Charlie Sheen's felony charges, Scott Collins writes in today's Los Angeles Times, but the long-term effect on the comedy is uncertain.

Meanwhile, a prehistoric drama being developed at Fox is generating positive buzz -- so much so that director Steven Spielberg is in talks to join the project as an executive producer, Variety reports. "Terra Nova" centers on a family in the future that travels 150 million years back in time to the prehistoric era.

Controversy is already dogging "The Kennedys," a miniseries about the iconic political family that marks History's first original dramatic project, according to the New York Times. Liberal documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald got hold of some early scripts and has shown them to historians, who say the screenplays are inaccurate. The fact that the series comes from producer Joel Surnow ("24"), who is known for his conservative political views, appears to have fed skepticism about the series.

-- Matea Gold

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