There has been a pair of pretty huge announcements out of CBS in the past day or so. One of their longest running comedies is ending, and another high profile new entry isn’t going to air at all.
Chuck Lorre has revealed that the next season of Two and a Half Men will be its last. The show has lost most of its major cast members to various controversies, but Lorre says this final batch of episodes will be a “season-long event.” When asked if Sheen might possibly return, CBS said that didn’t seem likely to be in the cards, given the circumstances of his departure.
The other bit of news is that How I Met Your Mother clone, How I Met Your Dad, has been passed on by CBS. The Greta Gerwig vehicle assembled a substantial cast, but reportedly failed to impress CBS. The network actually asked for the pilot to be reshot after they saw it, but the show creators didn’t want to do that. It would have been a lot of work for something that seemed like it just wasn’t going to happen.
In cases like this, the show won’t be shopped around to other networks, and it’s probably just flat-out dead. Not the worst news, given the fact that it seemed a little campy to try and directly clone a hit like that. And plus, Greta Gerwig can do better.
It’s going to be an interesting year for CBS, and we’ll see if they’re able to stay on top yet again.
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