While we try to process those terrible images from the Japan earthquake/tsunami, a few thoughts on some of the highs and lows of the week in TV. (And when we speak of highs and lows, of course the subject is Charlie Sheen.)
REMEMBERING CHARLIE HARPER: Malibu is mourning the loss of one of its more colorful residents: jingle writer/children's music composer-performer Charlie Harper (aka "Charlie Waffles"). His passing was confirmed this week in the wake of the career suicide of his notorious alter ego, a self-described Hollywood "warlock" whose overexposed online rants (following a spate of reckless TV and radio interviews) have quickly degraded from the category of morbidly fascinating train wreck to the realm of sick, sad, no-longer-funny joke.
Rest easy, Parks and Recreation fans. Series executive producer Mike Schur says Rob Lowe will not be filling in for Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men.
Charlie Sheen hopes Rob Lowe replaces him on Two and a Half Men
"This is very silly. There is no truth to that rumor," Schur said Wednesday night during the show's PaleyFest panel. Sheen recently endorsed the idea of Lowe taking his place on the CBS comedy. Both he and John Stamos have popped up as possible contenders for the job in the days following Sheen's termination.
Rob Lowe, Charlie Sheen
First John Stamos and now Rob Lowe?
According to TMZ, Lowe is atop the list to replace Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men now that the actor has been fired from the sitcom. Men creator Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros. TV have already approached Lowe's camp about joining the show, which they're interested ...
It didn't take long for CBS to start planning life after Charlie Sheen, who was fired Monday off Monday night staple Two and a Half Men. Sheen is already nowhere to be seen in CBS' latest Monday night promo, an ad promoting a comedy lineup partnership with Verizon (currently running on the network's website).
John Stamos will guest-star on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, TVGuide.com has learned.
Stamos will play an adoption attorney with a secret passion in the episode titled "Bang."Footloose star Lori Singer will also appear in the episode as a new mother who is struggling with her increased responsibilities.
Two and a Half Men
CBS CEO Les Moonves may want Two and a Half Men to return, but TVGuide.com users think the network should just ax the troubled sitcom.
Les Moonves hopes Two and a Half Men returns; breaks silence on Charlie Sheen
In a poll, 51 percent ...
Could Uncle Jessie be stepping in for Uncle Charlie?
Now that production on Two and a Half Men has been halted for the remainder of the season and Charlie Sheen is at war with creator Chuck Lorre, John Stamos has been approached to...
No oops needed. Because Glee did it again.
Just when it was getting easier than Santana to write off the show as all cracked eggs and no omelet, they went and knocked it out of the lip-synching park with their Britney Spears episode. Granted, there was about as much plot as there was in Crossroads, and most of the hour was randomly strung-together fantasies sprung from the nitrous tank of John Stamos' dentist character, but when the fun (and quotability) is at a level this high, we'll let it pass. This time.
However, a few nits ...
Glee (Tuesday, 8/7c, Fox)
What do you do for an encore when your second-season opener bursts out of the gate, more than holding its own against a hit like NCIS, especially in the coveted younger demos? Time for a stunt! Britney Spears is the theme of, and makes a cameo appearance in, this week's "Britney/Brittany" episode in which we learn of a connection between the pop superstar and New Directions' more endearingly daffy member. While the glee club argues with Mr. Shue that they'd rather do Spears' greatest hits at the school assembly — cue playlist — Will is distracted by meeting Emma's new beau, played by John Stamos...
Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison
Lots has happened to McKinley High's ragtag glee club over the summer. One original member of New Directions transferred to a new school. Quinn lost her baby weight. Finn and Rachel are still together, but Artie got dumped. So did Terri. And Coach Tanaka.
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The first day back at school brings even more surprises. In Glee's second season premiere, which Fox screened for a lucky crowd on Tuesday, Rachel will meet her new competition, Finn will bust a move for Coach Sue, Mr. Schu will make an unlikely ally, the football team will get to know ...