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'Two and a Half Men:' CBS hiatus plans

Actor Charlie Sheen's show is on hiatus while

Actor Charlie Sheen's show is on hiatus while he reportedly receives treatment at home. (Feb. 17, 2008) Photo Credit: Getty Images

If you're wondering about CBS' plans for filling in all  those empty 9 p.m. time slots while Charlie Sheen rests at  home, then here are some answers: CBS has ordered two additional episodes of "Rules of Engagement," and has yet to confirm reports that a pair of "Mike & Molly" episodes will be ordered as well, but that's fairly certain.

The math: "Men" has two originals left out of a total of 10 that were to air. That means CBS needs to find eight episodes of other shows -- or air repeats of "Men." The repeat option is considered unpalatable, but might be necessary.

In any case, if the "Mike & Molly" order materializes, then the network is halfway toward solving its problem. Interesting and possibly valid side note: By ordering these extra shows, CBS seems to signaling to "Men" (and Sheen) that it has no intention of rushing that show back into production.


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