Charlie Sheen has been making nice with his former show, “Two and a Half Men” — offering kind (if seriously awkward) words at the Emmys and tweeting about watching the Season 9 premiere — and now we know why. Sheen has reached a settlement with Warner Bros. over his dismissal from the show earlier this year, and according to TMZ, the actor will get an immediate $25 million payout, plus about $100 million in syndication profits over the next 10 years.
But that is just a drop in the bucket for the television show, which proved on Monday night that they’ll be just fine without Sheen. A record 27.7 million viewers tuned in to Monday’s premiere of “Two and a Half Men” to watch the cast “bury” womanizing bachelor Charlie Harper and introduce new star Ashton Kutcher. Even TV juggernaut “Dancing with the Stars” on rival ABC couldn’t compete with those numbers; they “only” had 18.6 million tuning in to see the competition’s first transgender contestant Chaz Bono do the cha-cha-cha.
So, basically, the takeaway from this is that “Two and a Half Men” can do no wrong — even kill of one of its most popular characters. If I were a cast member on “Glee” (cough, Lea Michele, cough), I’d be a little afraid right now.
Hug it out, the movie
There’s been speculation about an eventual “Entourage” movie now that the HBO series has ended, and executive producer Mark Wahlberg is happy to confirm it. “Yes, for sure. Yes,” he tells Hollyscoop when asked if the jump to the big screen is taking place. Wahlberg says that all the events of the series finale leave the characters “teed up for a movie.” There’s no word on when the film would go into production at this time.