Is a Season 13, with Charlie Harper, back in works?
Chuck Lorre’s ‘Two and a Half Men’ is one of the most successful sitcoms ever seen on American television. The CBS show was a rating beast and saw unparalleled popularity throughout its run.
However, the show almost hit a dead end when Charlie Sheen was fired from the show at the end of season 8. The character of Charlie Harper was killed off leaving fans flustered and unsure of what was next for the show. So, the makers brought in Ashton Kutcher and the show continued for another 4 seasons. flourished.
- ‘Two and a Half Men’ – The popular show that went on for an impressive 12 seasons
- The real reason why Charlie Harper was killed off on the show
- Will there be a season 13 with Charlie’s character back in the show?
Nevertheless, fans still miss the character of Charlie Harper and wonder if they will get to see more of him. So, will we finally get to see the character in action in a Season 13 reboot?
The popular show that went on for an impressive 12 seasons
Chuck Lorre isn’t known as the ‘King of Sitcoms’ for nothing. Before “The Big Bang Theory”, “Mike & Molly”, “Mom”, and “Young Sheldon” came his CBS situational comedy, “Two and a Half Men”, that went on for a smashing 12 seasons between 2003 and 2015.
The popularity of this show knew no bounds, and that is probably because of what the show offered to its viewers – escape from their day to day lives. Despite receiving mixed reviews from the critics throughout its run, the show is still considered to be one of the most successful sitcoms, on American television, of all time, and is responsible for Lorre’s stellar career.
Two and a Half Men: The sitcom that swept TV rating charts
The series revolved around a playboy, Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen), his uptight brother, Alan (Jon Cryer), and Alan’s problematic son, Jake for the first 8 seasons. Alan, on getting a divorce, moved into Charlie’s house with Jake. The iconic show followed their adventures and issues.
Throughout the seasons, Charlie was shown casually sleeping around with women until he got engaged to Chelsea. But when she broke off the engagement, he left for Paris with former stalker Rose. This was the 16th episode of season 8 and, unfortunately, was forced to become the last episode as Sheen’s behaviour had become extremely erratic due to his addiction problems.
He was subsequently fired from the show. Sheen’s last appearance on the show was viewed by a swooping 14.51 million people.
For the ninth season, the makers signed Ashton Kutcher as his replacement, to play the character of Walden Schmidt. Season 9 opened with the premise that Charlie had passed away after being accidentally pushed by Rose in front of a train, and his house had been sold to Schmidt, a tech billionaire. The series dominated the rating game throughout its run, raking from 10 to 15 million viewers per season on an average. Crazy, right?
Today the show enjoys a cult status and is still considered one of the funniest sitcoms ever made, and still has audiences happily watching reruns. So, will fans get to see more of these characters soon?
The rushed death of Charlie Harper
Much to the disappointment of fans, Charlie’s character was killed off on the show because of actor Charlie Sheen’s “dangerously self-destructive conduct”. After a series of interviews that had Sheen berating showrunner Chuck Lorre, calling him “stupid”, “a clown”, and going as far as saying that he had “converted this tin can into pure gold” (while talking about the series), he was fired from the show.
During this period, his “winning” quote became the talk of the town after he went on a spree of using the word, “winning” while describing himself and his achievements, showing symptoms of mental unsoundness.
This is to be used. It’s the entire “winning” interview.
However, in the show’s finale, Charlie Harper was shown to be alive and being held captive by Rose. The episode revealed that he managed to escape and when he finally reached his former mansion and rang the bell, a piano fell on his head and he finally died. Lorre had offered Sheen a cameo which he refused, and so a body double was used and his face wasn’t shown in the episode. It was an episode full of innuendos and jabs at Sheen and was met with mixed reactions.
Is a Season 13 with Charlie Harper possible?
It seems unlikely. Seeing how the makers killed the character off for good, as well as Charlie Sheen’s reputation, he might never be back as Charlie Harper. However, if a reboot does happen in the future, the showrunners may expand on the “Charlie Harper’s ghost” storyline that was last seen in season 9 episode 22, that had Alan Harper see Charlie’s ghost (played by Kathy Bates) after he had a heart attack. Bates’ performance as Charlie won her critical acclaim and an Emmy award for the same.
Even though there is no news of a possible reboot or reunion yet, fans are still awaiting a revival of the popular series. And considering the number of shows getting reboots and spin-offs, all hope might not be lost just yet.
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