UPDATE, with video: Probably best not to hold your breath for any possible Two and a Half Men reboots. Jon Cryer doesn’t seem to be.
Cryer, who co-starred with Charlie Sheen on the famously troubled but immensely popular CBS 2003-2015 sitcom, visited The View today to promote his latest series, the NBC sitcom Extended Family. When the inevitable question about the possibility of a Two and a Half Men reboot series, Cryer was considerably less than enthusiastic.
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When View co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin pointed out that Sheen had recently rekindled his friendship with Men producer Chuck Lorre (the two are working on the Max comedy Bookie), she asked whether Cryer would be open to a Men reboot.
But Cryer suggested that Sheen sabotaged the show’s initial run, and that the prospect of working together again “for any length of time” is not a high priority for the Pretty in Pink actor.
On the possibility of a reboot, Cryer said, “Oh gosh, oh gosh I don’t know how that happens. Thing is, Charlie is doing a lot better now which is wonderful. He and I have not spoken in a few years but he’s doing a lot better, which obviously I am happy about. Chuck Lorre, who produced Two and a Half Men…one of the hardest things for him when Two and a Half Men fell apart the way it did is he really thought he was friends with Charlie. And that he lost that was really hard for him. So that they have reconciled is really lovely.
“The thing for me is, when Two and a Half Men was happening Charlie was like the highest paid actor in television – probably ever. And there has been nobody that has surpassed the enormous amount of money he was making.
“And yet he blew it up. So you kinda have to think, I love him, I wish him the best and that he should live in good health the rest of his life, but I don’t know if I want to get in business with him for any length of time. If it was a one-off or…”
Cryer didn’t get to complete his thought following that tantalizing “or” when co-host Ana Navarro interrupted to make a joke about how the Two and a Half Men cast could demand a Friends-style all-for-one salary plan.
“That sounds fair,” Cryer quipped in response.
Bookie, in which Sheen plays himself and Lorre produces, recently had a mini-Men reunion when Angus T. Jones – the “half” in Two and a Half Men – played a cameo as himself during an in-joke recreation of the poker game featured in the first Men episode way back when.
Watch the View segment with Cryer above; the discussion about Two and a Half Men comes at the 6:20 mark.
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