March 9, 2011 -- Let's face it: "One and a Half Men" just isn't a good name for a show.
While Charlie Sheen busies himself with tasks like quoting Martin Luther King Jr. while brandishing a machete at the top of a building, his ex-bosses are occupied with a similarly daunting, if less spectacular, job: figuring out who can replace him on "Two and a Half Men."
With names like Rob Lowe and John Stamos already being thrown around, sources close to CBS and Warner Bros. confirmed to ABCNews.com that it's "reasonable to expect" executives are looking at actors who could revive TV's No. 1 comedy, currently canceled for the remainder of the show's eighth season.
Lowe and Stamos have already gotten Sheen's seal of approval. Today, in an interview on Dan Patrick's radio show, he called both actors "fabulous," apologizing again for initially saying Stamos would "suck" on the show and emphasizing that Lowe is "a beautiful man."
"What I would advise them to do, though, is just make it their own," Sheen added. "Don't, don't, don't think about anything that I've done brilliantly on the show for 177,000 episodes … but I would just tell them, make it your own."
Indeed, "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre crafted the Charlie Harper character for Sheen, not for any other actor. Do both love to drink? Check. Both drawn to multiple women at a time? Check. Both prone to fits of rage? Check.
But surely a man not fueled by "tiger blood" or built with "Adonis DNA" could play the similarly-minded uncle, cousin, long lost best friend or secret half-brother of TV's most loved playboy. (Isn't that why they call it acting?) Considering the studio suits probably have their hands full with threats from Sheen's lawyer and the potential loss of hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue, we thought we'd throw them a line.
Below, 10 potential replacements for Sheen on "Two and a Half Men:"
Rob Lowe. Relation to Charlie Harper: cousin. Why him? The guy's got range. He recently went from playing a senator ("Brothers & Sisters") to a drug-and-danger loving actor ("Californication"). Tiger blood relative sounds like a logical next step. (Lowe's publicist declined to comment on speculation surrounding the actor replacing Sheen.)
Jason Alexander. Relation to Charlie Harper: uncle. Why him? He really, really wants it. "Seinfeld's" erstwhile George Costanza posted a series of tongue-in-cheek tweets Monday saying he's willing to go the distance to embody Sheen.
"I will commence using cocaine in quantities large enough to challenge the national output of Columbia; fornicate with as many adult film actresses as I can afford," Alexander wrote, "commit assaults in four and five star hotels prior to trashing the hotel rooms; and finally strive to alienate and piss off not only my immediate bosses and superiors, but the entire film and television industry."
John Stamos. Relation to Charlie Harper: long lost (and better looking) best friend. Why him? He's played the bad boy in the family sitcom before. As "Full House's" Uncle Jesse, he inspired countless teenage girls to pursue relationships with pompadour-haired, motorcycle-riding crooners.
Plus, he was the first candidate to win Sheen's approval. After Sheen first that Stamos would be a "tragic joke" on the show, he dialed back his comments: "I was out of line and you're a beautiful man, and a talented man," Sheen said last week. "If you get the gig, we should talk."
Stamos, like Alexander, has joked about the prospect. "Contrary to the rumors, i am not replacing charlie sheen on two and half men," he tweeted Feb. 25. "however, martin sheen has asked me to be his son." (Like Lowe's publicist, Stamos' representative refused to talk about the replacement reports.)
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Woody Harrelson. Relation to Charlie Harper: pot dealer. Why him? Harrelson champions marijuana and has proven adept at playing a TV buffoon (see: "Cheers," "Will and Grace").
Matt LeBlanc. Relation to Charlie Harper: cousin. Why him? "Friends'" loveable Joey Tribiani needs a new hit show (which was the premise of "Episodes," the LeBlanc Showtime comedy that just wrapped its first season). His characters chronically love women. It follows that he could be from the more jovial side of Harper's gene pool.
Luke Perry. Relation to Charlie Harper: fellow Julliard classmate (Harper attended the prestigious music school but got kicked out). Why him? Perry played a brooding bad boy on "Beverly Hills, 90210." With a perpetual smirk on his face, he could pass for Harper's college crony.
Jeremy Piven. Relation to Charlie Harper: wingman. Why him? "Entourage" is ending. Piven needs a new home. On screen and in life, he's audacious enough to be the type of guy with whom Harper would want to go babe-hunting.
David Hasselhoff. Relation to Charlie Harper: uncle. Why him? Hasselhoff and Sheen have a lot in common, i.e., drunken benders caught on tape. It wouldn't be a shock if Hasselhoff were his uncle in real life.
Gary Busey. Relation to Charlie Harper: uncle. Why him? Like Hasselhoff, the reasons for this casting are grounded in reality. Busey's one of the few men in Hollywood whose quotes rival the nonsensical bombast of Sheen's.
Emilio Estevez. Relation to Charlie Harper: long lost half-brother. Why him? His last hit was "D3: The Mighty Ducks" in 1996. He guest-starred on an episode of "Two and a Half Men" in 2008. And, most significantly, he is Sheen's actual brother.