Charlie Sheen might return to 'Two and a Half Men' for finale

Todd Williamson/Invision/APFILE - This June 26

Todd Williamson/Invision/APFILE - This June 26

As “Two and a Half Men” prepares to limp off the air, CBS executives are trying to wring more controversy out of the 12-year-old sitcom's dessicated corpse.

CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler dodged a question Monday about the possibility of actor Charlie Sheen making an appearance on the finale of the show, which stars Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher.

“I can promise you there will be a lot of surprises,” Tassler said at a meeting of the Television Critics Association, according to The Associated Press. “Two and a Half Men” producer Chuck Lorre has promised to dish up “what he's calling a 'mystery sandwich,'” Tassler added.

Sheen was famously kicked off the show in 2011 after insulting show staff and displaying erratic behavior.

Sheen's recent antics — including picking on Kim Kardashian by alleging the reality star had spurned an autograph seeker and calling her rear end “gross” (before apologizing with a “#ShutUpSheen”); tweeting a diatribe that included “men men men, men — men me suck,” which has been interpreted as a reference to his former show's theme song; and marking the Green Bay Packers' victory Sunday night by kissing a guy after the game at Lambeau Field — indicate the erratic behavior hasn't abated.

Still, it would be interesting to see how the show could bring back his character, Charlie Harper, who was famously killed in a “meat explosion” after being struck by a train in the Paris subway.

QUICK TAKES

“The Simpsons” paid tribute to the victims of last week's deadly shootings at French satirical weekly Charlie Hegbo. Maggie appeared over a red, white and blue background carrying a black flag with the words, “Je suis Charlie,” or, “I am Charlie.” … After San Francisco State University alumnus Jeffrey Tambor, 70, won a Golden Globe for his role as a transgender woman on Amazon's comedy “Transparent,” The New York Times raised hackles by calling the character a “transgender man,” which refers to a person who is transitioning to a male gender. The paper issued a correction. … The Addition, which formerly operated as Yoshi's San Francisco, announced the Fillmore venue will shut Wednesday due to “financial hardships.” … Kyle MacLachlan is reprising his “Twin Peaks” role as FBI Agent Dale Cooper in Showtime's sequel to the 1990-91 ABC drama.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actor Liam Hemsworth (“The Hunger Games”) is 25. … Actor Orlando Bloom (“Lord of the Rings”) is 38. … Writer-producer Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal”) is 45. … Actor Patrick Dempsey (“Grey's Anatomy”) is 49. … Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) is 54.

Got scoops or Bay Area celebrity gossip? Email scoop@sfexaminer.com.

Ashton KutcherCharlie SheenFeaturesGossipTwo and a Half Men

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A warning notice sits under the windshield wiper of a recreational vehicle belonging to a homeless man named David as it sits parked on De Wolf Street near Alemany Boulevard on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. A proposed SF Municipal Transportation Agency law would make it illegal for overnight parking on the side street for vehicles taller than seven feet or longer than 22 feet. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Fight over ‘poverty tows’ heats up

‘What can we do to ensure the vehicle stays in the hands of the owner?’

Crab fisherman Skip Ward of Marysville casts his crab net out off a pier near Fort Point. (Craig Lee/Special to The	Examiner)
San Francisco came back to life, and we captured it all

Last spring, in the early days of the pandemic, the bestselling authors… Continue reading

Revelers at Madrone Art Bar in the early hours of June 15, 2021 (Courtesy Power Quevedo).
No social distancing at Motown-themed dance party

‘I don’t care how anyone feels, I just want to dance!’

Azikiwee Anderson of Rize Up Bakery pulls and twists sourdough into shape on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
San Francisco’s Rize Up Bakery serving up sourdough with a call to action

Azikiwee Anderson wakes up most mornings just before dawn to start cooking… Continue reading

<em>The San Francisco Peace Pagoda stands tall in between Japan Center East and West malls.</em>
 (Ida Mojadad/The Examiner)
Patrons return to the Japantown mall

‘We’re so happy—it’s really hard to make a profit’

Most Read