Two and a Half Men star returns to set after a three week stint in rehab
After only three weeks in rehab, Charlie Sheen is returning to the set of Two and a Half Men to resume filming Tuesday, March 16, his publicist confirmed to HollywoodLife.com this morning.
After charges of domestic abuse against wife Brooke Mueller, 32, and his Christmas Day arrest, the 48-year-old actor checked into the facility on February 23. It is still unclear what he was rehabilitating from.
Considering the sitcom already had a week-long hiatus set up in March, this means that the show will go on nearly uninterrupted with only a two-week-long unscheduled break.
The cast and crew of the show will no doubt be happy to see Sheen returning, considering ratings hit a three-year high on Monday, March 8, in the adults 18-49 category, drawing in 17.5 million viewers. The sitcom is also thriving in syndication, according to the NY Post. For the week ending Feb. 28, Men averaged nearly 9 million viewers, putting it in third place behind only Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! out of shows in syndication. Not only that, but Sheen himself probably can’t wait to get back to work — in 2008, a TV Guide survey ranked him as the highest paid actor, making $825,000 per episode, or about $20 million per year.
But first, the star is scheduled to appear in court in Aspen, Colorado, on Monday, March 15, to face charges of domestic abuse. According to CNN, Aspen police charged Sheen with felony second-degree assault, felony menacing, and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. He was booked under his birth name, Carlos Irwin Estevez. If convicted, he could face up to three years behind bars, says the Los Angeles Times — bad news for the CBS executives who will be announcing their fall schedule as soon as May.
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