If only getting the 2007-2008 television season up and running again were as easy as rebooting a laptop. Here, in their own words, TV’s top writers — from Lost, Saturday Night Live, Two and a Half Men, and more — tell EW about the jitters, group hugs, and story-line amnesia they experienced during their first week back at work.
LOST Exec producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof focus on the positives: faster pacing, questions answered — and Nestor Carbonell!
Actor Charlie Sheen — who plays a blissfully single bachelor on CBS’ Two and a Half Men — probably wishes that his life did a better job of imitating art right about now. On April 21, a scathing court document filed by Sheen’s soon-to-be ex, Denise Richards, became public on thesmokinggun.com, alleging the actor is an abusive, unstable husband and father with an addiction to gambling and porn sites (Sheen has denied the claims).
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (ABC) VS. TWO AND A HALF MEN/OUT OF PRACTICE (CBS) VS. LAS VEGAS (NBC) VS. PRISON BREAK (FOX) VS. JUST LEGAL (THE WB)
SCOOP Last year’s No. 2 comedy should be this year’s top dog, making this CBS’ slot to lose once MNF wraps for good (next year it moves to ESPN).
With Everybody Loves Raymond signing off, that leaves — wait, let me get my pencil, hmmm, carry the 2, multiply by 3 — exactly one hit sitcom on the six broadcast networks. Here’s a look at some current (and future) series that, given some nurturing, could inherit the comedy crown.
On Two and a Half Men (Monday, 9:30 p.m.; premieres Sept. 20 on CBS), Charlie Sheen plays a smooth bachelor with an appetite for the good things in life, like fast cars and fast women. But if Charlie Harper the character sounds like Charlie Sheen the real person to you, you haven’t been paying attention. Since marrying Denise Richards (Scary Movie 3) in 2002 and having daughter Sam this March, the former party boy says he has been tamed. Here are the ways that Sheen, 39, has embraced his inner grown-up.
Another summer week, another rerun-driven Nielsen victory for CBS. Among first-run shows, reality fare did well this week, thanks to some noteworthy series debuts and finales. Wednesday’s ”Simple Life” swan song on Fox was the week’s No. 10 show, according to Nielsen, attracting 9.9 million viewers and scoring the highest rating for the coveted 18-to-49 age group. Some 7.8 million people watched Marty Okland pop the question to Stacy Leutner on the finale of NBC’s ”Who Wants to Marry My Dad?” (No. 22 for the week).
The idiot male and the put-upon wife. The desperate single sibling or the annoying old folks. The kids scattered about like cheese-curl crumbs. The disdain and dismay. The bickering and the bitching. In short, the modern family sitcom – and the reasons I watch very few modern family sitcoms.
Jon Cryer TWO AND A HALF MEN
He has been on and off television shows for the past 14 years. He’s been an out-of-sorts talent agent (The Famous Teddy Z), a jealous architect (Partners), and a paranoid pest (The Trouble With Normal). However, there is one role Cryer did not get the chance to play. But, man, was he close.
He has been on and off television shows for the past 14 years. He’s been an out-of-sorts talent agent (”The Famous Teddy Z”), a jealous architect (”Partners”), and a paranoid pest (”The Trouble With Normal”). However, there is one role Jon Cryer did NOT get the chance to play. But, man, was he close.
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