Hugh Grant was "deep into final negotiations" to sign on as Charlie Sheen's replacement on Two and a Half Men, but the deal fell through at the last minute over creative differences, Deadline reports.
According to the site, the broken negotiations are as fresh as Tuesday night, as CBS scrambles to announce the series' return at its fall TV upfront presentation next week. Grant reportedly was offered $1 million per episode.
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Such names as Woody Harrelson, Rob Lowe, John Stamos and Jeremy Piven have been batted around as potential replacements by speculators as executive producer and co-creator Chuck Lorre attempts to fill Sheen's void. One of Deadline's sources claims that the goal is to find "somebody Chuck can work with" after he famously clashed with Sheen for years.
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CBS has declined comment on this story. Emails to Grant's representatives were not immediately returned.