Charlie Sheen "Terrific," His Boss Says

Two and a Half Men shot its first episode back last night and he was the "consummate professional" according to executive producer Chuck Lorre

By Kristin Dos Santos Jan 09, 2010 9:26 PMTags
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half MenGreg Gayne/CBS

"I'm sorry. What happened with Charlie [Sheen]? Did something happen?"

Someone should really give Two and a Half Men boss Chuck Lorre a copy of Us Weekly or something, 'cause that's how he responded when asked about Sheen's recent personal-life drama with wife Brooke Mueller.

What's that you say? Oh, Chuck was joking? Well then, hot damn, I suppose that's why this guy writes funny stuff for a living.

Lorre was a bit bleary-eyed this morning after shooting Two and a Half Men's first episode last night since the holidays (and Sheen's visit to the slammer).

So how is Charlie doing? Here's what Lorre and CBS president Nina Tassler told us...

"He is doing as well as he can under the circumstances," Lorre said. "Charlie is a consummate professional, and I must tell you, it was really gratifying last night. He was 1,000 percent there for us from the first moment when we started shooting, and it was a great night for us. One of our strongest episodes. And Charlie was just terrific."

Lorre, who showed up for a panel Q&A at the TV Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, says there will be no change at all to Men's production schedule due to Charlie's legal woes and that the live audience last night was "incredibly supportive" of him.

Meanwhile, CBS Prez Nina Tassler told reporters of Sheen: "We're being very sensitive to the fact that this is a very personal and private matter for Charlie. There's been no impact on the network right now. The show is proceeding along its regular production schedule. It's a wonderful show, and right now it is business as usual."

When asked if Lorre is concerned that this is Charlie's final year on his contract and that he might leave the show, Lorre said: "That's not my end of the business. I just write the stuff."

His first answer was funnier. But we'll take it.

Would you watch Men without Sheen? Are you hoping that despite his personal problems he stays on the show?

(Originally published Jan. 9, 2010 at 11:05 a.m. PT)