EW Staff
September 10, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Season 8 finds Charlie (Charlie Sheen) suffering emotional whiplash and making poor choices after losing his fiancée, Chelsea. Alan (Jon Cryer) will continue his relationship with single mom Lyndsey (Courtney Thorne-Smith), and Rose (Melanie Lynskey) will come back in a spectacular fashion. Expect a lot more teen angst for Jake (Angus T. Jones) and a possible romance for grandma Evelyn (Holland Taylor). But enough about Men‘s onscreen antics: How did all that drama involving Sheen and his estranged wife affect production? It didn’t, says exec producer Chuck Lorre. ”Despite whatever went down, we had a great season last year,” says Lorre of season 7, which was cut short because of Sheen’s stint in rehab last February. ”We did 22 shows instead of 24. So what?” SEPT. 20

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