Our Two & A Half Men Shortlist

With Charlie Sheen burning every bridge back to Two and a Half Men, the chatter about who might replace him continues.

With all this talk about filling the "winner" slot, SheKnows wondered who our readers would like to see. As previously reported, names like Rob Lowe and John Stamos were being bandied about. Now that Lowe is off the list, Matt Dillon has joined it, but hey, let's think outside of the box!

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Many believe Charlie Sheen is Two and a Half Men and a recast won't even work. SheKnows may have to agree, but we're trying to keep an open mind. After all, there's a whole cast and crew depending on that gig, and a country ready to tune in. So who might keep us coming back?

Before we get started, we should advise that Rob Lowe has been removed from the list of contenders. Parks and Recreation head honcho Mike Schur told a crowd at the 28th Annual William S. Paley Television Festival that Lowe is locked into a "multiyear contract" with his show.

It's also important to note that since the Two and a Half Men character Charlie Harper was created for Sheen, it's unlikely someone will assume that role. In addition, be warned that while the name of the show would indicate another man for the job, SheKnows would never compile a list without ladies!

First up, however, is another dashing dude. Okay, perhaps "darling" is the word here. As many recall, Sheen jumped in to save Sin City when Michael J. Fox had to leave for medical reasons. Now that Fox has gotten a handle on living with Parkinson's disease, maybe he can come in to save the day.

SheKnows can also get with the idea of Stamos and Dillon, but we want to throw Robert Downey Jr. into the conversation! He went to high school with Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer back in the day. Of course, that doesn't mean they knew each other, but it sounds like a fun combo, doesn't it? If only Downey could be lured to TV...

Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy?

If indeed Two and a Half Men brings in someone new, the key to making it work would be instant chemistry, so how about a proven match for Cryer? There are a slew of past guest stars to consider, including Enrique Iglesias, Michael Clarke Duncan, Eddie Van Halen, Steven Eckholdt, Martin Mull, Brooke Shields, Morgan Fairchild and wildly funny Jenny McCarthy.

Then, of course, there were also visits from Sheen family members Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen. Martin played one of Evelyn's men, while Emilio played Charlie's wild and crazy wingman who came for a visit and died. Hey, if soaps can bring them back from the dead, why not sitcoms?

Going back to McCarthy, SheKnows can definitely see her bringing some of Charlie's hedonism to Men, but another female front runner is Sheen's Spin City costar Heather Locklear. She has proven comedy chops and played Alan's divorce attorney in the first season of Two and a Half Men. Locklear's sexy vibe makes her a viable candidate to play the female version of ladies' man Charlie.

Cryer also gave voice to characters in Pamela Anderson's Stripperella. She's another sexifier who could play the player in the Two and a Half Men lineup, but does she have comedy chops?

We've already seen Pretty in Pink costar Harry Dean Stanton mentioned. He did a cameo as one of Charlie's poker buddies, along with Sean Penn. Either one of those guys could be an interesting call and might even work, but...

What about reuniting Cryer with Duckie's first love, Molly Ringwald? Ringwald recently did serious time on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, but got her start with John Hughes laughs. Could she make it happen in primetime?

What about fellow brat pack alum Judd Nelson, who guested on Men as one of Alan's girlfriend's exes? With Entourage winding down, how about giving the role to Jeremy Piven? Or perhaps Two and a Half Men can lure Woody Harrelson back to the small screen!

Two and a Half Men could shake up the laughs in a big way by bringing in Duane Martin. Back in '98, Cryer worked with funnyman Martin, who is currently connected to The Paul Reiser Show. If Martin signed on to Two and a Half Men, he'd certainly bring a new flavor to the Malibu comedy.

Cryer also did a stint on Hannah Montana. Miley Cyrus would also change the dynamic entirely, while bringing a massive new audience to an already popular show.

Whoever Two and a Half Men adds to the mix, Sheen has already given some advice. "What I would advise them to do… is just make it their own," he told Dan Patrick. "Don't, don't, don't think about anything that I've done brilliantly on the show for 177,000 episodes… I would just tell them, make it your own."

Leave a comment to let us know what you think. Is one of these folks a real contender, or is there someone SheKnows has missed?

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Comments on "Who would you like to see on Two and a Half Men?"

Elizabeth May 11, 2011 | 4:14 AM

They messed up by bringing in Emilio - Sheen's brother - and killing him off because he is the only PERFECT replacement. No one else can do the show any justice by trying to replace Sheen. But I have to say that the suggestion by "GimplyGump • March 11, 2011 • 11:17 AM - is really good. Jake is awesome and would do a great job at taking over !!!

Carlos estevez March 12, 2011 | 4:05 AM

Anyone who has seen the last few episodes will agree, Charlie was getting very stale very fast. This is a blessing in disguise. He lost his magic. A new face is what is needed!

Linda March 11, 2011 | 12:20 PM

Charlie Sheen IS Two and a Half Men. I watched to see him and his crazy antics. I will never watch the show again without Charlie in it (but thank goodness for reruns). I can only hope and pray that Charlie gets the help he needs to save his life. Such a handsome and talented man - what a waste if he doesn't get help soon.

GimplyGump March 11, 2011 | 11:17 AM

What they should do (IMHO): 1. Have a spurned husband kill Charlie and we open at his funeral 2. We learn a now 18 year old Jake is Charlie’s sole heir and gets everything 3. Have Jake become the new womanizer in front of his father who is now powerless to stop him as Jake owns the house Charlie’s millions and Charlie Waffles royalties. Also Jake turns out to be much smarter than everyone thought and had been playing his father and uncle like a fine tooth fiddle. 4. Herb divorces Judith and move in and become the “Alan” ala season 1 5. Bonus a cameo of a parody version of Haratio Crain at the end telling everyone: Parody, “Don’t worry, we’ll find his killer.” Jake, “I thought he was caught red handed…” Alan, “and he confessed.” Berta, “Don’t forget Charlie’s video camera.” Parody, “We’ll see with the evidence tells us.” –Trade mark sunglasses put on with an exaggerated flourish.

cw March 11, 2011 | 7:31 AM

simon cowell?

brad March 10, 2011 | 10:24 PM

i guess charlie sheen has all his people who he pays big time writing these positive posts, its entertaining but charlie sheen is not anymore

julie March 10, 2011 | 10:21 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWAY WILL I EVER WATCH THIS SHOW HES SO OVER WITH MR CHARLIE SHEEN SHOULD TAKE A LONG LONG LONG REST AND JUST GO AWAY THE SHOW WILL GO ON JUST WAIT AND SEE PEOPLE WHO LIKE THE SHOW WILL GET OVER IT AND WATCH SOMEBODY STABLE PLAY HIS PART WHO KNOWS HE MIGHT BE EVEN BETTER AND MORE INTERESTING!

matthew thomas March 10, 2011 | 9:56 PM

i dont think charlie can be replaced, but maybe his character should be killed of, and at his funeral his long lost brother turns up, who could be a totally new character instead of replacing the old one. something along those lines ????????????

Veronica March 10, 2011 | 9:49 PM

I would never watch the show without the Sheen Machine in it. He is what made the show hilarious and I do not feel that anyone could play his character better, becuse his character is exactly like him. I will not watch the show if he is not on it. It would be a failure.

Sue March 10, 2011 | 8:40 PM

I think either David Spade or Russell Brandt would be a great sub for Charlie Sheen

lauren March 10, 2011 | 8:20 PM

if charlie sheen does come back i WILL NEVER watch the show again or let my kids watch it!!!

CT March 10, 2011 | 8:07 PM

Dane Cook would make a perfect replacement for Mr. Sheen.

holly March 10, 2011 | 7:53 PM

he ruined his life, when do you think he will ever get to see his kids again? even supervised? a long long time the whole situation is very sad, especially for the kids.

katy March 10, 2011 | 7:51 PM

he can do what he pleases on his own but his show has a huge reflection towards young kids too as there is a young boy on the show, hes not a good example for anyone period!!!!!

jean March 10, 2011 | 7:43 PM

I love Charlie and I wont watch the show anymore I don't care if it's the president taking his role. What Charlie does on his own personal time is Charlie's business. I hope I am on his jury!

kate March 10, 2011 | 7:29 PM

never liked him never liked the show

betty March 10, 2011 | 7:27 PM

feel bad for him hope he gets the help he needs and can recover and get to do some other acting rolls.

jodi March 10, 2011 | 7:25 PM

the world sees charlie sheen needs help, if he would have cleaned up his act before he would have never been fired! but he thought it would never happen well, welcome to HOLLYWOOD it happened, now he has no show! who is going to hire him now? nobody!

jake March 10, 2011 | 7:22 PM

CHARLIE SHEEN CAN BE REPLACED BY ANY GOOD ACTOR I THINK THERES AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF TALENT OUT THERE THE SHOW WILL GO ON

allison March 10, 2011 | 7:19 PM

ANYBODY BUT CHARLIE SHEEN HE NEEDS HELP AND THE WILL GO ON!!!!!!!! WATCH AND SEE....

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