Charlie Sheen's manager says the actor is 'concerned' about the crew on 'Two and a Half Men'
In an interview Thursday afternoon, Mark Burg, a partner in Hollywood-based Evolution Entertainment and an executive producer on "Two and a Half Men," predicted that Sheen's addiction treatment -- which started after he was admitted to the hospital last week with severe abdominal pains -- wouldn't last nearly as long as the three months previously reported. "The end of February is what I've been told," Burg said.
"Charlie would like to get back to work as soon as possible because he's concerned about the crew," he added.
"Two and a Half Men" is on production hiatus until Sheen is able to return to work, stoking anxiety among the show's 200 or so crew members. An anonymous staffer vented to E! Online on Wednesday: "A lot of us do not get paid if we don't work." CBS has two more original episodes that will air Monday and Feb. 14; after that, the network is expected to rely on repeats.
Burg vowed that Sheen was taking the rehab process seriously. "It's the A-team of rehab and addiction specialists that we've assembled for Charlie to deal once and for all with his sobriety issue," Burg said.
A Warner Bros. spokesman declined to comment on the situation. However, the studio has not set a return date for "Two and a Half Men" nor updated its production plans.
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-- Scott Collins (Twitter: @scottcollinsLAT)
Photo: Charlie Sheen, here in 2006, may finish rehab by the end of this month. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images