By James Hibberd
Updated March 21, 2011 at 11:06 PM EDT
Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen

How unlikely can something be and still be within the realm of possibility?

That’s the impression we’re getting about the current reports that Charlie Sheen could get his job back on Two and a Half Men.

The story was launched by a Radar Online story and also NBC News reporter Jeff Rossen posting the following to Twitter: “Sources close to Charlie Sheen tell NBC News, CBS has offered him his job back. Discussions ongoing. Not a done deal.”

The first flag that goes up when one reads this is that it’s Warner Bros. who does the hiring and firing on Men, not CBS, though the broadcast network is hardly a silent partner. Indeed, Rossen later clarified that CBS wants Sheen back “IF Warner Bros., Chuck Lorre, and Sheen can settle [their] differences” (even all-caps don’t do that “IF” justice). The news also comes on the heels of reports that Sheen met with executives at Fox. It could be, some speculate, that Camp Sheen is engaged in a whisper campaign to try and drive up the actor’s price in the marketplace. The actor apparently met with HD Net chairman Mark Cuban today, with the executive telling Access Hollywood: “What we do with Charlie will be interesting to see. We’re going to meet, today actually, and talk some more about what those opportunities are. You know, Charlie’s a smart guy and I don’t think he’s getting nearly as much credit as he deserves for just how much he’s manipulating the media and those around him to his benefit and I think that would make a good reality show.”

CBS and Warner Bros. had no comment the rumors. But one line of thought goes like this: Sheen was fired. If the company wanted to keep him, they wouldn’t have let him get away the first place. His rants before and since being fired have scorched the earth with his former employer about as charcoal black as the soil can get. Plus, duh, he’s suing Men‘s creator and Warner Bros. So what’s really changed? That he’s sold a bunch of tickets at Radio City Music Hall? Big deal, so have the Rockettes. He’s still an enemy combatant and his “war” with his former employer is ongoing.

On the other hand, as I wrote weeks ago, if the all parties could find a way to settle their differences, this fall Men could have its biggest ratings ever. This story has had more twists and turns than can be counted. And, hey baby, it’s Hollywood. So nobody wants to state anything definitive when it comes to the SheenGate, because any confident sense of the possible and the impossible took a gibbering holiday weeks ago.

What do you think, Sheen-obsessed/fatigued readers: Should Sheen receive a second tenth another chance?

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