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People v. Sheen: America's Monday Nights Hang in the Balance

When will celebrities learn that their actions have consequences that extend far beyond their own personal well-being? The Los Angeles Times is reporting today that the felony menacing charges brought last week against Charlie Sheen -- who apparently is not a member of the Brat Pack -- might impact the continued viability of the inexplicably highest rated sitcom on TV, "Two and A Half Men."

Because, you know, it's hard to keep cranking out episodes when your star is serving three years for attacking his wife. A laugh track only goes so far. The show is apparently slated to continue through at least the 2011-2012 season, and with Sheen's potential placement on the I.L. (Incarcerated List) looming, CBS and Warner Brothers might not be able to sell enough ads to cover his $825,000 per episode salary.

Sheen's wife, Brooke Mueller, has said she wants the charges dropped, because what's a knife to the throat when you're so in love? Nothing that checking into rehab can't cure, right? Still, the Times quotes Loyola Law Professor Laurie Levenson as saying lack of victim cooperation might not matter in the "Post-OJ world," especially when the prosecution has a 911 tape on which Mueller stated that she fears for her life. Time to start gauging interest in that Monday night knitting club you've been thinking about for so long.

In other unstable celebrity criminal news, Rip Torn's court date on burglary and weapons charges resulting from his drunken Connecticut bank break-in was pushed back from today until March 9.

Posted by Eric Lipman on February 17, 2010 at 03:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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