CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves says he hopes Two and a Half Men will return to the air, and doesn't foresee any financial trouble during the production's suspension.
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"Going down the road ... I don't know what's going to happen," Moonves said Tuesday at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco, according to The Hollywood Reporter
. "I hope it's back. We'll see."
CBS and Warner Bros. shut down TV's top-rated sitcom for the remainder of the season on Thursday after Charlie Sheen
publicly bashed series creator Chuck Lorre
. The halt is "actually a gainer for us," Moonves said.
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"Repeats obviously get somewhat less revenue than the originals. It is a show that repeats very well," he said. "Doing eight [fewer] originals saves us quite a bit of money. ... I'm not saying long-term I want this to go on."
Moonves pointed out that Monday's Men
repeat was the night's fourth-highest rated show.
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As for Sheen, Moonves observed that the actor has been "on the air quite a bit these days," referring to his appearances on Good Morning America, Today, Piers Morgan Tonight and a TMZ live stream interview.
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"I wish he would have worked this hard to promote himself for an Emmy," Moonves said.