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Sheen again enters rehab; CBS suspends production on Two and a Half Men


Two and a Half Men stars Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer.

Another highly profitable production has been shut down while its star player goes into rehab.

CBS, Warner Bros. Television and Two and a Half Men creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre announced early Tuesday evening that work on prime-time's most popular sitcom "will be temporarily suspended" while star Charlie Sheen undergoes voluntary in-patient care at a treatment center.

"We wish him nothing but the best as he deals with this personal matter," the joint statement said.

Sheen, who has had bouts with alcohol and drug abuse in the past, was arrested on Christmas Day after an alleged altercation with his wife, Brooke Mueller, who also has been in and out of rehab.

During a session in January at the Television Critics Association "press tour" in Pasadena, CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler termed the arrest "a very personal and private matter for Charlie. Right now there is no impact (on the show). Right now it's business as usual for us."

Lorre, in a same-day meeting with TV critics, said that Sheen, 44, had given a "great performance" at a Two and a Half Men taping after returning to work in early January.

"Charlie's a consummate pro," Lorre said. "He shows up and he delivers."

The announcement of the Two and a Half Men shutdown came four days after Tiger Woods addressed the nation on his marital infidelities. After apologizing multiple times, Woods said he would be returning to rehab and had no idea when he might resume competing on the PGA tour that he once dominated.