Two and a Half Men is over. After 12 seasons, a $100 million lawsuit filed by Charlie Sheen (after he was fired) and a church video created by Angus T. Jones (the half-man of the show) claiming the sitcom was ‘filling your head with filth”, it was the show’s creator, Chuck Lorre who had the last laugh.
As many fans had hoped, Charlie Sheen did not return for the finale on Thursday night, although he was invited.
In Lorre’s last vanity card, he explains:
CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #491
I know a lot of you might be disappointed that you didn’t get to see Charlie Sheen in tonight’s finale. For the record, he was offered a role. Our idea was to have him walk up to the front door in the last scene, ring the doorbell, then turn, look directly into the camera and go off on a maniacal rant about the dangers of drug abuse. He would then explain that these dangers only applied to average people. That he was far from average. He was a ninja warrior from Mars. He was invincible.
And then we would drop a piano on him.
We thought it was funny.
Instead, he wanted us to write a heart-warning scene that would set up his return to primetime TV in a new sitcom called The Harpers, starring him and Jon Cryer.
We though that was funny too.
Instead, pianos were dropped on the heads of Chuck Lorre and a stand-in for Charlie Sheen, killing them both. Albeit bizarre, it was a fitting way to end the show.
Two and a Half Men is the longest running multi-camera sitcom.