Two and a Half Men will not be filming the eight remaining episodes of this season. Instead, they will only film four of those projected eight episodes due to Charlie Sheen’s rehab stint.
This news has left the show’s crew furious and without half of the pay they had expected to be bringing in this season. Getting a pay cut is never a pleasant thing to hear for anyone. It doesn’t matter how much you make for the work you are getting, the lost money will be sorely missed by everyone.
The show’s creator, Chuck Lorre made the decision to cut the remaining episodes due to Sheen’s rehab stint. According to TMZ a crew member claims that they had no warning to this decision and it seems that it’s not going to be reversed, either.
“We’ve been left in the dark and now we have no pay for 4 episodes and all we hear is that Chuck is saying, ‘They’re not my problem.’”
That’s got to be a beyond frustrating situation. Hearing that it’s not the person’s problem that decided to half your work schedule is beyond frustrating, but not as much as knowing you are taking a 50% pay cut. Perhaps it’s time for the partying playboy Charlie Sheen to step up to the plate and to pay back some of those lost wages as well.
Charlie, on the other hand has gone on record to trash the show’s execs saying it’s not his fault that the show’s off production for so long because he’s ready to go back to work now and they won’t let him. He took to the “Dan Patrick Show” to tell his side of the story.
“[The execs] said ‘You get ready and we’ll get ready’ … and I got ready and went back and nobody was there … I don’t know what to tell ya.”
He added, “I’m here and I’m ready. They’re not. Bring it.”
No matter who’s problem it truly is that the show’s halted the fact is that the schedule has been halved and everyone is going to feel the sting from that decision in one way or another. The four episodes that will be filmed are set to start production on February 28. The four shows will be shot during March, if all goes according to plan.
This is not a good work environment for any of the crew or actors and it could lead to off screen feelings of betrayal and anger. All of this could spell disaster for the show’s ability to continue for future seasons especially if Charlie is unable to get and stay clean.
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