Hugh Grant instead of Charlie Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men'? Talks have cooled.
Warner Bros. was hoping to woo Hugh Grant to replace Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men," the hit sitcom that the studio produces for CBS.
Grant, who is no stranger to playing a bit of a rogue ("About a Boy") was in serious negotiations to take the part, but now talks have cooled, according to the entertainment industry website Deadline Hollywood, which broke the news.
The clock is ticking for Warner Bros. and CBS to find the right person to replace Sheen. Next Wednesday, CBS announces its fall schedule to advertisers. Although CBS does not have to unveil what is happening with "Two and a Half Men" then, it would clear up a lot of uncertainty about the network's Monday night comedy block, of which "Two and a Half Men" is the anchor.
Although Sheen is the highest-paid TV star with a salary of $1.2 million per episode plus his cut of rerun money, Warner Bros. is not looking to spend that kind of dough on his replacement, a person familiar with the situation said.
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