CBS finally took some action on the rapidly spiraling out-of-control problem that is otherwise known as Charlie Sheen: The network today shut down production on "Two and a Half Men," while Sheen enters rehab.
The statement: Due to Charlie Sheen’s decision to enter a rehabilitation center, CBS, Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Chuck Lorre are placing “Two and a Half Men” on production hiatus. We are profoundly concerned for his health and well-being, and support his decision.
Amazingly, this is an almost exact replay of what happened almost exactly a year ago. Here was the CBS statement at the time -- Feb. 24:
"[We] support Charlie Sheen in his decision today to begin voluntary inpatient care at a treatment center. We wish him nothing but the best as he deals with this personal matter. Production on 'Two and a Half Men' will be temporarily suspended."
That move came after Sheen's manifold Colorado problems, but he was back on the set soon after. The show's schedule was in fact hardly disrupted.
This current disruption follows a string of incidents -- the trashing of the Plaza room; the trip to Las Vegas; and yesterday's trip to the emergency room following a night of allegedly heavy drinking-and-whatever-else.
February's hiatus came about two months after Sheen was arrested after a fight with his wife at his Aspen, Colo., home. Prosecutors later charged the actor with felony menacing and misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and criminal mischief. Sheen's wife, Brooke Mueller Sheen, also entered rehab.