The future of the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men seems to change every day—Charlie Sheen will not return, the show is ending, Sheen may return, the show may return without Sheen...—but this is certainly the most interesting update. According to Deadline, Hugh Grant was "deep into final negotiations" to replace Sheen as the lead on Two and Half Men. Discussions reportedly have already fallen through due to "creative differences" (though the New York Times reports they're just on hold):
Insiders tell me he'd been offered more than $1 million an episode, which is the sort of $25M-a-year payday Grant doesn't get from movies anymore. All along insiders at Warner Bros and CBS had been saying that they were going after "an A-lister" as the new star of the top-rated sitcom after Sheen was fired, and Hugh sure fits the bill...CBS has been working hard to announce the return of the show and its new star at next week's upfronts.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote last week that Men creator, Chuck Lorre, planned to reboot the series—previously the highest rated comedy on TV—without Sheen. In its report, Woody Harrelson and Jeremy Piven were among the names being circulated.
CBS will announce its fall line-up Wednesday, May 18.