Hugh Grant wooed as possible Sheen replacement

Wed May 11, 2011 6:27pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British actor Hugh Grant was approached to replace Charlie Sheen in top-rated TV comedy "Two and A Half Men" as producers race to revamp the money-spinning show for a 9th season, an industry source said on Wednesday.

But final talks with the "Bridget Jones's Diary" star stalled and Grant is likely out of the running, a person familiar with the situation told Reuters.

"He (Grant) was in the mix, among others. I don't know if it's dead, but it's unlikely," said the source, who declined to be named because talks are confidential.

Industry website Deadline Hollywood said Grant pulled out of final negotiations on Tuesday due to "creative differences".

Sheen, whose role as a womanizing bachelor made him the highest paid actor in U.S. television, was fired in March. His exit left program maker Warner Bros. Television and broadcaster CBS in disarray over the next season of the show, which usually returns in the fall.

With just a week before CBS presents its 2011-12 program line-up to advertisers in New York on May 18, the network has yet to announce its plans for "Two and A Half Men".

The source said producers hoped to announce a new star name in the next few days.

CBS and Time Warner Television declined to comment on the involvement of Grant, which was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.   Continued...