Charlie Sheen is sounding like fellow ranter Moammar Kadafi these days. The Libyan dictator is trying to hold on to power, while Charlie Sheen is trying…to do what, insult everyone around him? He only reluctantly signed a two-year extension to his hit show Two And A Half Men. He seemed to be tired of the show, but he took the record raise for a sitcom and went about his business. Now he is destroying it.

Today, CBS has decided to shut down television’s most popular sitcom Two and a Half Men, for the rest of the season. In his latest radio rant, the star of the show, Charlie Sheen, called producer Chuck Lorre “a turd.” Well, that will do it.

Among other comments, Mr. Sheen apparently said: “I got magic and poetry in my fingertips. … I’m an F-18 bro and I will destroy you in the air.” These are not the comments of a quietly confident man.

According to co-workers on the show, Charlie is very professional on set, leaving his personal life someplace else. His alter-ego on the show, Charlie Harper, is sympathetic when he lives his hedonistic life style openly and honestly, to the chagrin of his bumbling younger brother Alan (Jon Cryer), and gets his comeuppance, sometimes a punch in the nose. The scripts occasionally make reference to literature, among multiple references to farting and masturbation—not exactly poetry, but language smart. It’s a clever, well-scripted show.

The series is getting old. Jake Harper (Angus T. Jones, the “half man”), cute at age 10 when the show started, is now a hulking teen in the series, too old for veiled references to sex and double entendres. His father Alan and uncle Charlie never seem to age; they have the same mid-life crises as at the beginning. Charlie still wears short pants and stylish bowling shirts, a collection worthy of a museum someday. You can purchase replicas of same at Charlie Harper Shirts.com

Men like sex-and-drug engine Charlie Sheen seldom change, grow up. They keep charging full steam ahead until they break down, get old, and shuffle off. Which is sad, in a way. As an actor, Charlie shows an obvious warmth and sympathy toward children. In the show, he sometimes plays Charlie Waffles, who wows the kids and accepts phone numbers from single moms.

Mr. Sheen has acknowledged three daughters and twin sons. Before he shuffles off, the actor might make pit stops for another marriage or two–and more children. Maybe he should start a charitable foundation for his children now…while he is still able.

By Hudson Owen. Portions of this article appeared on the Atlantic Wire, in How to End a Top-Rated TV Sitcom: The Charlie Sheen Interview by John Hudson

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