Charlie Sheen Signs New Sitcom Contract
New Charlie Sheen Sitcom Most Lucrative Deal Ever
Charlie Sheen may be newly single, but he's definitely not down-and-out. A breaking new report reveals that Sheen has signed a pricey new contract to star in a Two and a Half Men-esque new series that's seduced cable stations and networks into a nasty bidding war.
The news on Charlie Sheen's upcoming sitcom is just breaking so details remain scarce, but word has it Sheen has signed on with Lionsgate Television to star in a new series that will feature him in a role that's similar to Two and a Half Men's notorious lothario Charlie Harper.
All this on the heels of last week's rumors that CBS and Warner Bros. are preparing to kill off the Harper character in the upcoming season of Two and a Half Men...but while Sheen's character will die, it's reported his career will be more alive than ever. RadarOnline.com reports that the networks are in a heated auction firing away with offers, while cable networks are also pulling their funds to buy a piece of the Ma-Sheen. We hear TBS is a big player in the bidding, as they're developing their brand to be more comedy-oriented (a la Conan).
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Why could TBS be another win for Sheen? A source says keeping the series away from the four big networks will give writers and producers a lot of "creative freedom" -- i.e., plenty of play room for perversion. And get a load of this deal: Lionsgate has signed Sheen for a guaranteed 10 episodes in the first season, with the option of an additional eight seasons if ratings work off the bat. Sheen's salary? Two million dollars an episode, plus syndication fees and other licensing perks.
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If this is true, Sheen's new contract earns him a reported $750,000 more per episode than he earned on Two and a Half Men, but insiders say the $2 million was actually a conservative move on Lionsgate's part: "This way Lionsgate is less at risk of losing money should the show flop or should Charlie have some sort of meltdown," says a source.
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