Rob Lowe on short list to replace Charlie Sheen on ‘Two and a Half Men’
BY BILL ZWECKER Sun-Times Columnist March 8, 2011 2:52PM
Rob Lowe (left) is on a short list to replace Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men," according to a source. | Getty Images, ABC
Updated: March 8, 2011 3:12PM
While no one at CBS, Warner Bros. or “Two and a Half Man” creator and showrunner Chuck Lorre’s office would comment on it, there does seem to be some credence to rumors that Rob Lowe is on a very short list to replace Charlie Sheen on the hit sitcom -- if, indeed, the show is rebooted for another season.
Speaking on the confidentially and only for background, a source from the show’s staff told the Sun-Times Tuesday, “Chuck and the rest of the show’s team does like the idea of Rob [Lowe]. If he can be released from his NBC commitments [on “Parks and Recreation”], he might be the ideal replacementfor Charlie. ... Rob could easily step into playing that sex-driven, bachelor kind of character -- and probably give it his own, very funny spin and make it his own,” added the source.
However, the “Two and a Half Men” insider also pointed out there could be complications stemming from the expected legal battles with Lorre, CBS and Warner Bros. -- and Sheen -- openly threatening major lawsuits over the actor’s firing.