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Is Charlie Sheen irreplaceable? Sitcom actor's problems raise questions about star treatment

January 29, 2011 |  9:41 am


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Actor Charlie Sheen is back in rehab -- and his popular show "Two and a Half Men" is in hold until he returns. As The Times' Yvonne Villarreal and Scott Collins reported Saturday, this a pattern is emerging for the Sheen, who narrowly avoided jail time last year in a domestic violence case:

It's all-too-familiar territory for Sheen -- who reportedly earns almost $2 million an episode -- and his TV bosses. Last season, Sheen's three-week stint in rehab — "as a preventative measure" -- forced production to rearrange the work schedule and deliver two fewer episodes than planned.

One expert questioned whether the pattern should be broken: "In his mind, [Sheen] thinks he's irreplaceable, but CBS needs to show some backbone," said C. Kerry Fields, a professor of business law at the USC Marshall School of Business. "Sometimes you have to do the right thing at the expense of losing a profitable show."

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Photo: Charlie Sheen. Credit: Associated Press