Earlier this week, he was involved in the latest of what has become a consistent string of debaucherous episodes. Since 2006, he has been involved in tales of domestic violence, drunkenness, and various addictions. For tabloid lovers, you have to admit, the actor who made Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn an icon – OK, maybe I liked all those “Major League” movies a little too much – never disappoints to provide a good story.
What's most troubling is that CBS has remained just as consistent as it's $1.25-million-an-episode star. Sheen never seems to stray from cementing his “bad-boy” status. The network never seems to deviate from the script – it either supports him or offers no comment.
The show may be called “Two and a Half Men,” but it's one man – Sheen – who draws the ratings. I get that. I'm not telling CBS to fire him.
However, on May 19 of this year, entertainment president Nina Tassler explained why CBS renewed his contract at a significant raise: “I think we value our stars and our actors. They brand the show. And he's a huge part of it.”
“They brand the show?” Really? If you honestly feel that way, wouldn't some semblance of public disapproval be in order here. This is your network's biggest star. His behavior and performance on-set may be pristine, but he's still your biggest star even when CBS' cameras aren't rolling. Maybe the show should be called “One and a Half Men and One Really Bad Boy.” That's the brand I'm seeing.