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Charlie Sheen will be in rehab for three months, could cost CBS $250 million

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By now we all know Two and a Half Men has been shut down while Charlie Sheen goes to rehab yet again, but we didn't know how long it would take. TMZ now says Charlie will be in dry dock for three months, affecting eight whole episodes. Jon Cryer has already pulled out his voodoo doll over that, surely.

Sources tell the site the crew is more than a bit unhappy about the entire scenario, since there are about 300 folks not making $2 million per episode working on the show. These are the same folks who were "partially compensated" when Chuckwagon was in rehab last February, but the site says the studio hasn't yet decided what to do. A New York Daily News story says if those eight episodes never get made, it could cost CBS as much as $250 million!

"Looking forward, the financial impact of the shutdown is not material to CBS," the network said. "Any ratings declines will be more than offset by the reduced programming costs for episodes lost this season. We will begin to address the scheduling issues this week

TMZ is careful to point out everyone is still supportive of Sheen, despite the paycheck woes. Well, what else are you going to do? He's obviously the center of the show, so it's not like you can complain openly about him blowing $500,000 on hookers and blow the last couple months. You'd be gone faster than fifth of Jack in Charlie's dressing room.

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[Last modified: Monday, January 31, 2011 3:35pm]

    

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