Remember when Chuck Lorre got a lot of flak for some recent vanity cards about his ongoing feud with Charlie Sheen? Now Lorre has put a twist on the oldest schoolkid’s excuse. “My lawyer ate my vanity card,” was all Lorre wrote when the card appeared at the end of tonight’s new Big Bang Theory episode on CBS. I’m not sure about the eating part, but Lorre’s lawyer probably did advise him against using the vanity card to share his thoughts on Sheen again now that they’re all in arbitration.
Charlie Sheen won’t get his wish of a court battle against Warner Bros Television and Two and a Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre over his firing from the hit CBS series. It was considered an extremely long shot, but Sheen’s lawyer Marty Singer today tried to prevent the case from going to private arbitration with an emergency temporary restraining order filed in Santa Monica. The injunction request was denied. No arbitrator has been selected yet, and there will be at least four weeks until a private hearing on the case is held, according to court documents. This was the latest of a series of legal wins for Warner Bros, which quickly started arbitration proceedings before Sheen filed his $100 million lawsuit against the studio and Lorre and then was successful in folding Sheen’s case against Lorre into its arbitration with the actor.
Over the past week, Sheen has called Two and a Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre a clown, a turd and a charlatan among other things. But, despite the bad blood, Sheen doesn’t rule out working with Lorre again. “Maybe two guys just sit in a room and say, ‘Look, we hate each other, let’s continue to make some great television,” he said during his 20/20 interview that aired tonight.
There was no love for CBS executive though. “The fun stops” on the set of Men “when they roll in,” Sheen said. “They just puke all over it. They’re not welcome to be in the presence of what I’m delivering.”
Meanwhile, on Piers Morgan Tonight, Harvey Weinstein was asked about Sheen whom he called “one of the best actors when he’s motivated.”
But when Morgan suggested that the actor’s strategy of going after the bigwigs, including CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves, might work, Weinstein quickly dismissed that. “I know Les Moonves,” Weinstein said. “Charlie Sheen is playing a losing game.” He later added, “Les Moonves knows how to program a network, Les Moonves knows how to make a show. He is a dangerous guy to go against.”
As for acting jobs, Weinstein said he would cast Sheen, who co-starred in his company’s spoof Scary Movie 3, in Scary Movie 4.
Morgan saw a ratings bump from his Monday interview with Sheeen which delivered 1.3 million viewers, tying Morgan’s largest audience since the premiere.
Exactly two weeks after Chuck Lorre’s now infamous “If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I’m gonna be really pissed” vanity card at the end of the final (for now) episode of Two and Half Men, which triggered Sheen’s vicious attacks against him, the Men co-creator weighed in on Sheen’s assaults (sort of) in his latest vanity card. The card, which aired tonight at the end of Lorre’s newest series, CBS comedy Mike & Molly, is in the rambling, stream-of-consciousness style of most of Sheen’s rants. It’s hard to make sense of it (if there is sense to be made). Most intriguing is the ending: The Fall from Grace is, in fact, a Sprint from Grace. Or perhaps more accurately, “Screw Grace, I am so outta here!”
Is it a reference to Lorre’s 1993 sitcom Grace Under Fire, which went through a similar ordeal dealing with the drug problem of star Brett Butler? After one unplanned hiatus while Butler was in rehab, the actress’ increasingly erratic behavior became too much for ABC to handle, and the network pulled the plug on the show despite strong ratings. Here is the text of tonight’s Lorre vanity card:
CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #334
I understand that I’m under a lot of pressure to respond to certain statements made about me recently. The following are my uncensored thoughts. I hope this will put an end to any further speculation.
I believe that consciousness creates
3rd UPDATE SUNDAY PM: Well, there were no promos for the Charlie Sheen interview during the actual Oscar ceremony. They aired during the Red Carpet coverage and after the credits. That is outside of the area where the Academy has a say.
2nd UPDATE SUNDAY AM: According to ABC, there will be promos for the Charlie Sheen interview during the Oscar telecast after all, two of them.
UPDATE Saturday 9 PM: ABC just landed the hottest TV interview of the moment, a sitdown with troubled Two And A Half Men star Charlie Sheen, to air on Good Morning America and as a primetime special next week. The timing couldn’t be more perfect because ABC’s biggest promotional platform, the Academy Awards, airs tomorrow night. But there may be no trace of a promo for the interview during the awards telecast.
It will be a Charlie Sheen TV morning tomorrow. NBC’s Today Show this afternoon interviewed the ubiquitous Two and a Half Men star at his home this afternoon. Jeff Rossen conducted the one-on-one, which will air on Today tomorrow morning. “Charlie Sheen demands personal apology from Two And A Half Men producer Chuck Lorre and CBS,” The Today Show executive producer Jim Bell just tweeted. “Incredible stuff.” The interview will air in the opening 7 AM hour of Today, which means that it may be the first TV interview with Sheen to hit the air.
Also tomorrow morning, ABC’s Good Morning America will run the first part of its own interview with Sheen, taped yesterday. It had been touted as an exclusive until Sheen decided to sit down with Today too. With CBS’ The Early Show out of contention for obvious reasons (CBS has been a main target of Sheen’s rants), the troubled actor will now be on every major broadcast network morning show. So much for post-Oscar coverage being the leading story Monday AM…
I bet many Warner Bros. TV and CBS executives are having second thoughts about going into great lengths in May to bring Charlie Sheen back to Two and a Half Men for 2 more years. Over the last few weeks, and particularly over the past 24 hours, the show’s star has evolved from a nuisance and a sideshow into a full-blown PR nightmare for the network and the studio behind the hit sitcom. And there is no end in sight as Sheen continued his parade on radio shows and online gossip sites with rants against Two and a Half Men showrunner Chuck Lorre, WBTV and CBS. They reveal an ugly rift between Sheen and Lorre. “He had had these feelings for Chuck for years, but kept them bottled up,” one insider said. “Now, with all the drugs, he has has no filter and speaks what’s on his mind.”
Sheen’s latest outburst happened on Pat O’Brien’s appropriately titled show Loose Cannons, on which he called Two and a Half Men co-creators/exec producers Lorre and Lee Aronsohn “a couple of AA Nazis and really just blatant hypocrites. And Two and a Half Men, the show, which has been paying him more than a $1.2 million an episode? Sheen called it “dribble” and “pukefest that everybody worships.” Work on the show “has been a toxic environment for eight years,” he added. “I felt like an unwelcome relative, being given cold coffee at 9′o …
UPDATE: Charlie Sheen was caught by a TMZ crew while out and about today and sent Chuck Lorre a video response: “Chuck, I will outlive you. I will piss you off, ” he said before adding “I miss you, man” and urged Lorre to “get off those other shows” and return to Men.
PREVIOUS: Continuing an old tradition going back to Cybill, Chuck Lorre uses the vanity cards at the end of his shows to muse about life and showbiz. He has drawn attention several times when CBS censored some of his write-ups, which are all available in their original form at chucklorre.com. And, over the past year, Lorre has made subtle references to the troubled personal life of Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen in vanity cards while largely keeping mum beyond that. But, last night, at the end of the final fresh episode (for now) of the sitcom, which has been idle while its main star undergoes rehab, Lorre said this about the actor who has made mega-millions for the executive producer, and vice versa. Here is the card:
CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #329
I exercise regularly. I eat moderate amounts of healthy food. I make sure to get plenty of rest. I see my doctor once a year and my dentist twice a year. I floss every night. I’ve had chest x–rays, cardio stress tests, EKG’s and colonoscopies. I see a psychologist and have a variety of hobbies to reduce stress. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I