When Two and a Half Men debuted on CBS in September 2003, no one could have imagined that it would run for 12 seasons and become one of the most talked about sitcoms of all time. The on-screen magical couple of Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, and Angus T. Jones felt like lightning in a bottle as the tantalizing trio brought wry humor and suggestive innuendo that left audiences on points.
While the formula worked on screen, it wasn’t all behind-the-scenes fun and games. Notably, Charlie Sheen’s collapse in 2011 made the wrong headlines and wreaked havoc on the set. Eventually, it got to the point where he was fired from comedy, but how could the show go on without the biggest TV star in the world at the time?
Charlie Sheen’s departure from Two and a Half Men was an event, made headlines around the world, and inspired a generation of quality memes and hashtags. However, in the years since, many fans held out a ray of hope that he would fix his differences with Chuck Lorre and have one last rodeo on the show, and he almost did.
While the spotlight was firmly on Charlie Sheen and his ongoing feud with Chuck Lorre, hardly anyone thought about what the showrunner went through during the entire ordeal. It turns out that Lorre experienced “a painful year” and was deeply hurt by what had happened with Charlie Sheen, and rumors began to surface about a possible cancellation.
Everything continued its course after a few months, Ashton Kutcher joined the series as Walden Schmidt adding a fresh air to the series, but the controversial actor would again sound among the fans. By the end of the series, the producers reached out to him about a possible appearance. The plan was always to drop a piano on Charlie Harper’s head, as revealed by Lorre’s title card at the end of the episode.
However, Sheen wasn’t interested in this particular ending, and pitched his own suggestion – a scene that sets up a spinoff sitcom called The Harpers, which would have starred him and Jon Cryer. After the debacle that had happened between Sheen and everyone else involved in Two and a Half Men, let’s just say no one jumped at his idea, so the episode moved on with the original Chuck Lorre ending (and without Charlie’s involvement). Sheen).