Variety entertainment magazine is reporting the stalemate between CBS and Charlie Sheen is now over.Â 'Two and a Half Men' will return for at least two more seasons.
The details being reported are that Sheen, believed to have been making $850,000 per episode, will see that salary more than double.Â Sheen is thought to have agreed to a deal that will net him between $1.8 to $1.9 million per show.
Sheen had the network over a barrel.Â With the show scheduled to go at least two more seasons and still ranking as a top-20 program, Sheen was in the unique position of not being secured for the extension of the show's life.Â He had made earlier statements that he was prepared for life after Charlie Harper if it came down to it.Â Many saw that as a bargaining ploy, which has worked to make Sheen as much money as Ray Romano was in the last season of 'Everybody Loves Raymond'.
Sheen released the following statement:Â "To put a fitting end on the two-and-one-half months of whirlwind speculation, I'm looking forward to returning to my CBS home on Monday nights."
This is just the beginning of salary negotiations for CBS, however.Â As has been reported earlier this month,Â three key cast members of CBS' top rated program, 'NCIS' are still unsigned for the 2010-2011 fall season.Â There is no question the show will return, but will it have McGee, DiNozzo andÂ Abby on it?Â While Michael Weatherly has given interviews hinted at least one character will die in the season finale, lips are sealed tight as to negotiation progress on these issues.
'Two and a Half Men' has been a great show for seven seasons and has helped revitalize CBS and the Monday night line-up, but has experiencing a downturn in ratings, slipping to the 11-20 spots.Â 'NCIS', on the other hand, is the number one episodic network show on television and has experienced increasing ratings for each of seven seasons while taking on 'American Idol' and 'Dancing With the Stars' results shows.
CBS should be happy to have Sheen back, but it needs to get all its hens back in the fold and plan for another strong television season.