Like a lot of people, “Two and a Half Men” co-creator Chuck Lorre deals with things that make him uncomfortable through humor. He’s just better at it than most — and has a weekly vanity card at the end of his trio of CBS comedies to get stuff off his chest to a national audience.
Given the much-publicized concerns about Charlie Sheen’s carousing, then, submitted for your approval (as Rod Serling would say) is Lorre’s latest card from Monday night’s “Men:”
Do not attempt to replicate what you saw in tonight’s episode of Two and a Half Men. Despite the seeming lack of serious consequences and regardless of the hilarity that ensued, this is extremely dangerous behavior and could result in injury or death. Please keep in mind that we employ a highly-paid Hollywood professional who has years of experience with putting his life at risk. And sadly no, I’m not talking about our stunt man.
Lorre offered another thinly veiled card related to all the questions he’s doubtless fielded about Sheen back in November. The fact that the star keeps showing up to work suggests he’s OK with it, or maybe just that he can stand a little ribbing in exchange for a lucrative contract that finances a great deal of bad behavior.
For its part, CBS has indicated the network has experienced a “high level of concern” regarding the actor, but that as long as he keeps showing up and doing his job well, they’ll trust the producers and Warner Bros. to handle the situation.
Sheen is hardly the first star to generate “concern” — and the bigger the show, frankly, the more concern one can cause. But you suspect that despite how valuable “Men” is to the studio and network, there is a point where they won’t be unhappy to see the series either go away or yield the inevitable spinoff, “One and a Half Fully Sober, Concern-Free Men.”