In a move that should surprise almost no one, Charlie Sheen has reached an agreement on a contract that will keep him on the CBS hit comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN for two more seasons.
That word comes from a statement released by Sheen’s publicist.
“To put a fitting end on the 2 1/2 months of whirlwind speculation, I’m looking forward to returning to my CBS home on Monday nights,” Sheen said in the statement.
Get it? Two and a half months of speculation about the future of Two and a Half Men? Cute.
Recently, news broke that Sheen, 44, already listed as the highest-paid prime time performer, was asking for $2 million per episode on his new contract, an amount rumored to be roughly double his current pay. Insiders claimed that Sheen knew he wouldn’t get that much, but was hoping for between $1.2 and $1.3 million.
Variety reports that he did far better than that source apparently expected: the new deal gets Sheen between $1.8 and $1.9 million per show, an amount close to what Ray Romano was bringing home for the final season of EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND.
It’s also little surprise that the deal would be reached now, just in time for CBS to announce its fall schedule in a period known as the “Upfronts,” when the broadcasters present their fall lineups to potential advertisers in the hopes of locking in media buys as early as possible.
Sheen now must await the outcome of a July 21st court date after he pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges against his wife in a Christmas Day incident in Colorado. We’ll keep our fingers crossed on that.