Is Charlie Sheen Coming Back to Network TV Already?

By Tim Surette

Jun 14, 2011

... According to gossip gurus TMZ, Charlie Sheen is already in talks to begin his network television comeback. Citing "sources," the site claims Sheen is in "deep negotiations" with a TV network to star in a comedy that would skip the pilot process, go straight to series, and be on the air as early as January. Anyone want to take a guess which network it might be? [TMZ]

... Americans aren't the only people who want to see bad guys get caught. For the second year in a row, CBS' CSI has been named the most-watched television show in the world at the Monte Carlo TV Festival, despite a decrease in viewership domestically. [Deadline Hollywood]

... South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone cleaned house at the Tony Awards on Sunday, earning nine prizes including Best Musical for their opus The Book of Mormon. This is another coup for the awards show, which has embraced less straight-laced productions in recent years; The Book of Mormon is filled with four-letter words and profane humor, and The Producers and Spamalot have also won Best Musical. [Washington Post]

... Hey guys, Jessica Simpson is still alive. The blonde will participate in NBC's upcoming Project Runway ripoff Fashion Star, where she'll serve as a mentor to would-be fashionistas. No date for the show has been released, but my guess is it will happen right about the time the real apocalypse begins. [Associated Press]

... Utah NBC affiliate KSL has announced that it won't be airing NBC's upcoming program The Playboy Club, because the show promotes the Playboy brand, a brand that KSL "does not support." "We would be helping to build a brand that stands for pornography. For us, that's just untenable," said the station's boss. Note to self: Do not move to Utah. [Salt Lake Tribune]

... ABC has announced the cast of Bachelor Pad's upcoming season, and it's just as I predicted: a bunch of idiots I've never heard of before. [EW]

... QVC pitchwoman Jeanne Bice, a mainstay on E!'s The Soup, has passed away at the age of 71. Bice was known for donning matching sweaters and headbands to hawk all sorts of sequined and otherwise-bedazzled apparel. [CNN]

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  • Pantalonz Jun 19, 2011

    Aren't there laws against buying people drugs and paying for their prostitutes? How is it legal that Charlie Sheen still gets work?

  • rawrui Jun 17, 2011

    Sheen's back 4 more!

  • Geek_Queen Jun 15, 2011

    My condolences to Jeanne Bice's family, friends, and fellow fans. She will be missed.

  • CatDeville Jun 14, 2011

    @staind47... because they're cheaper than quality tv (which requires hiring talented writers) and there are too many people out there who appreciate the low-brow, vicarious "bread & circuses" that they provide than there are people with enough intelligence to demand good quality programming. As always the "unwashed masses" outweigh & outvote the "intellectual elite." That's why they're called "masses" and "elite."

  • staind47 Jun 14, 2011

    Ugh, enough with the reality shows....and enough with rip-off's of already established reality shows. Why won't it just die?

  • provencrt Jun 14, 2011

    charlie, we will see, maybe he will play a drunk...oh wait that's not acting, that's real life

  • loldude1 Jun 14, 2011

    dagrimmreepa, Utah is in fact located in North America in the western United States. The state is largely unrelated to the southern part of the country, and its most prominent settlers did not migrate from the southern states. I think you'll also find that most rednecks are quite fond of sexual expression, thereby increasing their population more rapidly than many other groups. Your generalizations about the choice of partner may well be true though. It's funny though that incest is associated with the poor when for many years it was practiced by the monarchy to maintain purity.

  • JohnReilly5 Jun 14, 2011

    note to self Utah is the Mormon mecca Yeah to Matt + Trey showing how pathetic the Mormon's and the Magic underwear are + and marrying underage girls and multiple wifes no better then Playboy Club of Chicago on network tv shame on ksl for not give people to make their own choice Thank God for the internet so ksl can be bypassed

  • vicbjones Jun 14, 2011

    As I recall, a few years ago, House was the world's most watched show. The last two years, with Laurence Fishburne in the lead and despite "shedding" viewers domestically, CSI is the world's most watched show. In a globalized economy, does that have more influence over network programming decisions than it used to or are they based strictly on US ratings?

  • Writerpatrick Jun 14, 2011

    Sheen has already shot his career by not showing up for work. Nobody would be foolish enough to allow him on TV again.

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