By Mandi Bierly
Updated February 25, 2011 at 10:50 PM EST

Sheen has said he’ll show up at work next week, even though production on TV’s most popular sitcom has been halted for the remainder of the season. I think in his mind, he’s doing it for the fans, the people he believes are on his side — the people he knows he can’t afford to lose if he’s going to give CBS or any network a reason to gamble on him. But do fans of Two and a Half Men really want him to show up for work when he’s this angry and sharp-tongued? What’s being played out publicly isn’t lovable. Right now, Charlie Sheen’s all-too-real life is dominating Charlie Harper’s fictional one. And we’re not laughing.

I’m with EW’s Ken Tucker, who suggests “rather than reduce him to this week’s joke or demon, a decent alternative might be to try looking at him as someone who requires some compassion.” I’m not suggesting Two and a Half Men fans are deserting Sheen. No, instead, we’d prefer he’d step away and take care of whatever he needs to before rushing back to set. It’s a shame for fans to lose a beloved series, for however long, but the Two and a Half Men they knew — in first run — is already gone. New episodes won’t be anywhere as enjoyable until we can look at Charlie Sheen again and see Charlie Harper.

At least that’s how I see it. What about you?

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