With “Two and a Half Men” on hiatus indefinitely while its star Charlie Sheen is in rehab, a finer point is being made of the financial future of the show. Of specific interest is how the cast and crew of “Men” will get through the unplanned hiatus.
Earlier, TMZ reported that while Sheen is in rehab, the crew will likely not be paid. While that isn’t certain, without knowing the exact details of their contracts, it’s definitely possible. “I find that incredibly hard to believe that the producers would do that, but with that said, payments are usually tied to production of episodes,” said one veteran television producer. “So if there’s a hiatus, they (the crew) may not be getting paid.”
Other industry sources speculated that unions, like the IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States) might step in and help, but reps for IATSE did not respond to requests for comment.
There is the possibility that Sheen himself might step in and pay the 300 or so employees connected to the show, and a source who has worked close to Sheen in the past suggested as much. “I bet he pays the salaries while he’s gone. But, you never know with him,” said the source. Sheen’s rep Stan Rosenfield did not weigh in with comment.
As for CBS Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and the show’s executive producer Chuck Lorre, reps handling the matter on behalf of all three declined further comment, aside from the statement released Friday, which read, “Due to Charlie Sheen’s decision to enter a rehabilitation center, CBS, Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Chuck Lorre are placing ‘Two and a Half Men’ on production hiatus. We are profoundly concerned for his health and well-being, and support his decision.”