CBS Offered Hugh Grant ‘Two and a Half Men’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 9:34 pm,

In the wake of Charlie Sheen’s highly-publicized removal from the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men, CBS remained adamant that the show would continue without its leading man. Reports have surfaced that the network came very close to snagging British actor and romantic comedy mainstay Hugh Grant for the part.

According to Deadline, the show’s producers had been in talks with the foppish star as far back as a month ago, after network president Les Moonves and entertainment president Nina Tassler signed off on the idea to pursue Grant. The network was so keen on the star, they were reportedly willing to offer Grant a $1 million dollar per episode deal. Though that is a staggering sum of money – considering the season would likely be around 24 episodes – the deal would have remarkably left him short of what Sheen was being paid, which at the time made him the highest paid actor on television.


However promising the idea of Grant as lead on Two and a Half Men was for CBS, it seems as though the actor has turned the offer down due to the oft used reason of “creative differences.” Various insiders are saying that term simply means Grant did not want to commit to the grueling schedule required to get 24 episodes completed for an entire season. Furthermore, getting Grant on board meant the series would have been greenlit for at least three more seasons, which likely played a part in the actor’s eventual refusal of the offer.

Though very different in their appeal, Grant and Sheen have their similarities. Both are past-their-prime bachelors with a penchant for the ladies, and each man has had brushes with the law (to varying degrees), which served to augment their careers in different ways. While Grant later focused on acting – with roles in successful films like Notting Hill, Love Actually and About a Boy - Sheen nurtured his notoriety and somehow manifested a career out of his off-camera performances, which he then parlayed into his former gig on Two and a Half Men.

Two and a Half Men CBS CBS Offered Hugh Grant ‘Two and a Half Men’

Grant’s name likely came as a bit of a shock, since there had been no prior mention of the actor in relation to the show. For the most part, the focus has been on the other names stuffed into the Two and a Half Men hat, like Entourage’s Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe (The West Wing, Californication), John Stamos (Glee) and even Woody Harrelson (No Country for Old Men, 2012). Now that Grant is ostensibly out of the picture, will one of these actors become first pick, or does the studio have another surprise up its sleeve?

While it may seem odd that the network would fight so hard to continue a show that, for all intents and purposes, collapsed under the weight of its star’s extracurricular activities (and showrunner Chuck Lorre’s disapproval thereof), the fact remains that Two and a Half Men still has the potential to generate billions of dollars in revenue from advertising, syndication fees and DVD/Blu-ray sales. With that much money at stake, it’s all but certain the search for another leading man will continue.

As potential casting news for Two and a Half Men progresses, we will keep you updated.

Source: TV Line, Deadline

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  1. Please Molly Ringwald on the show

  2. another good choice Andrew McCarthy

  3. Jennifer Jason Leigh another good choice

  4. Phoebe Cates, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy,Jodie Sweetin

  5. Best choices for supporting actors? Tom Cruise, Matthew Mcconaughey, Robert Downey, Jr. Jude Law

    • Good luck with that

  6. good choice Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali

  7. This is ridiculous…I refuse to watch the guys from all those idiotic love movies play the role of the drunken middle age bachelor…

    Honestly, John Stamos is much better than Grant

    But in all seriousness, the producer Chuck Lorre is a toolabg with a major ego. Is Charlie Sheen mentally insane? Perhaps. But is he not bringing in the ratings every week? Yes. Screw your issues with Sheen and bring him back, the guy obviously has problems but you need him for a successful business relationship.

    I will GUARANTEE that if anyone other than Sheen is casted the show will underperform (unless they get a bigtime hollywood actor like Cruise or something but there is NO WAY that will happen)
    So your only option is bring Sheen back or watch the show fail and get pulled off of the air within a year…to me this is a no brainer

    • I think they can bring in another actor that can portray a drunken middle age bachelor just as good as sheen without having to worry about his public image. And i think that if sheen continued to be as he is, the ratings of the show would probably go down. i know many that has stopped watching because of him. But you never know! we can only wait and see what happens

  8. how about Jaleel White

  9. Fail on the use of the word “fop”.

    • Win on the use of the comment.

    • i guess I dont understand, how was it a fail?

    • jensketch,

      foppish: “…excessively refined and fastidious in taste and manner.”

      Always a fan of folks who drop by, completely ignore our articles and comment instead on the rare grammar and spelling mistake (not that I think we made one here).

      OK, I was kidding – I’m not a fan of those folks.

      Have a nice day,


      • Yes, jensketch only pointed out that one moment in the article, but I think pointing out bizarre word choice on the part of the article’s author should be ok. This wasn’t a grammar or spelling mistake, but calling Grant “foppish” is making a claim that he is that. Is it wrong to question that claim? Spelling and grammar mistakes aren’t claims.

        I feel like “foppish” is being used here to mean British, which seems like a stereotype. Having seen a lot of British stuff in my time, Grant is hardly the shining example of “foppishness.” I don’t think he is that excessively refined or fastidious, but most Americans see British people that way. I doubt a writer in the U.K. would refer to him that way, but maybe I’d be wrong.

        Anyway, I paused on that word choice too, and honestly would have let it go without mention if I hadn’t seen Screenrant jump all over the person who questioned the word choice. I understand being frustrated with people who harp on technicalities, but I’d like to think of Screenrant as a safe place to ask questions and discuss things, even word-choice in addition to regular content. I hope I’m not wrong.

        Oh, and so I’m not just accused of harping on one word in the article, I could imagine Grant on the show. But I don’t like Two and a Half Men, so I guess it’s better that Grant spends his time elsewhere (hopefully something better, and not getting himself into Sheen-like trouble, which we know he is capable of).

  10. Hugh Grant is not a good choice for replacing Charlie Sheen, CBS should just end the show since they can’t get Charlie Sheen back.

  11. Fail……without Sheen this show will be DoA. They might be able to limp along for another season but it will just die a cowards death. the show was about Sheen’s character and how he interacted with others so without him it will just not work.

    Lorre needs to swallow his HUGE ego so everyone can continue forward. It’s all about the greater good and Lorre is being a selfish ass at the expense of all those who work on the show plus the continued revenues the show WAS bringing in for the studio. To quote Spock, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” (or the one).

  12. I have actually never seen an episode of the show.
    Should Hugh Grant be cast, and like you Kevin
    I found it a shock he was considered,
    I would have to check it out.

    The producers were already used to throwing
    around a lot of money to Sheen per episode
    and I suppose they thought they might
    see how big a fish they could catch
    waving around similar dollars.

  13. Good news is that Grant turned down the job. After thinking about this for a moment, Grant has a personality similar to Kelsey Grammer. “Two and a Half Men” would have been turned into “Frasier”.

  14. it’s to bad that Hugh Grant turned down to offer to be a part of Two and a Half Men. He would have been great at it. Maybe the producers should consider Jude Law he might make at good change for the show.

  15. There are probably lots of American actors out there who would fit the role perfectly for a lot less money. They do not need a Big Name. They just need a good actor.

  16. Josh Hartnet is the man for 2.5 Men – I dont care how many twitter followers JK has !