Either Charlie Sheen has officially launched his rehabilitation tour, or he’s suddenly feeling flush with cash.
In the last week, Sheen has made appearances that suggest he’s ready to close the book on his ugly goodbye from Two and a Half Men. Is the Cold War with his ex-bosses over? It could be: EW has learned from several sources that Sheen is thisclose to settling his lawsuit against Warner Bros., which pink-slipped the actor last winter after he publicly derided Men creator Chuck Lorre. Sheen fought back in March by filing a $100 million suit demanding payment for unproduced episodes and compensation for the crew while claiming the studio “wrongfully attributed the suspension of the series and termination of Mr. Sheen’s contract on Mr. Sheen’s alleged statements, conduct, and condition, despite the fact that Mr. Sheen is in compliance with his contract.” The settlement is expected to be in the eight-figure range.
Warner Bros. denied there is a settlement and declined to comment further. Stay tuned.
At the 63rd Annual Emmys on Sunday, Sheen made an unexpected appearance to say “I want to take a moment to get something off my chest and say a few words to everybody at Two and a Half Men. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television.” Last Thursday, he told Jay Leno “I would have fired my ass too,” and followed it up on NBC’s Today by saying he’d be willing to make a guest appearance on the CBS comedy.
Sheen does have something to promote: He agreed to a (fairly vindictive) roast by Comedy Central, which airs tonight. In the meantime, Sheen is focused on developing a new sitcom called Anger Management with Lionsgate TV and is in talks with veteran TV scribe Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show) about fine-tuning the pitch before it goes to market. After courting other comedy writers like Greg Garcia (Raising Hope) or Chris Case (Retired at 35, Reba) to spearhead the project, Lionsgate has set its sights on Helford — a sitcom veteran who also executive produced George Lopez.