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A revamped “Two and a Half Men” is in the works, minus Charlie Sheen

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Zach Galifianakis' character from Due Date will be thrilled to hear that, according to The Hollywood Reporter's sources in an underground parking garage, Chuck Lorre is planning on putting together a revamped version of Two and a Half Men, minus Charlie Sheen.

Lorre, co-creator of television's number-one sitcom, has apparently decided to pursue a new creative direction for the show, which would involve focusing more on Jon Cryer's character, Alan, and the introduction of a new character, which seems to have everyone playing armchair casting director, with names like Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Piven, and Bob Saget being tossed around, after rumored replacements Rob Lowe and John Stamos were taken out of the mix.

Sheen has made no secret of his desire to return to the show, often bringing it up during his cross-country "comedy" tour. But after some negative personal exchanges with Lorre, Sheen's bridge back to Two and a Half Men is nothing but embers at this point. And his $100 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Lorre doesn't exactly create a more forgiving mood.

With the May upfronts looming, Lorre and CBS have to hustle to make an impression on advertisers. A mid-season relaunch would give the network more time to tweak the show, but leaving such a cash cow off the fall schedule would definitely sting, and could scare off ad buyers. The bottom line is, it looks like Two and a Half Men fans can look forward to a ninth season. But how it will fare without its main star remains to be seen.