It’s no secret that Charlie Sheen is on a downward spiral. In fact, he’s been on that spiral for a long time. Last week he was hospitalized for the third time in as many months, and he entered rehab by the end of the week. His hit series Two and a Half Men is the most popular comedy series on television, and CBS is certainly eager to save the show. Could Sheen be replaced in the series? It wouldn’t be the first time a long-running show has replaced a star. Cheers achieved much success after replacing Shelley Long with Kirstie Alley after a contract dispute. Back in the 70’s Three’s Company went on for many seasons after original co-star Suzanne Somers left. And, let’s not forget the famous Darrin Stevens recast on Bewitched. If CBS opts to drop Sheen from the cast of Men, who could fill his shoes? See below for a few suggestions.
Jason Bateman: The former Arrested Development star is a skilled comedic actor who could easily slide into an established hit as a new character. Batemen’s charm and good humor could make a transition very easy for viewers of Two and a Half Men.
Michael J. Fox: Yes, I know Fox is more focused on his philanthropic work for Parkinsons research than in acting, but has anything stopped Michael J. Fox from achieving his goals? He could use being a part of the number one rated comedy on television to broaden awareness for stem-cell research.
Malcolm Jamal Warner: Here is an actor who has grown leaps and bounds since his days of playing Theo Huxtable on the legendary Cosby Show. He’s appeared in many roles over the last few years, but his stand-out work on Lifetime’s short lived Sherri last year proved he can still make us laugh.
Emilio Estevez: Who better to replace Charlie Sheen than his own brother? Emilio Estevez hasn’t done a lot of acting lately, but he could easily fill his brother’s shoes.
Keith Olbermann: He’s not an actor, but he’s currently out of a job. And, he can be very funny at times. Why not?