'Parks and Recreation' boss explains why Rob Lowe can't replace Charlie Sheen
'Two and a Half Men' needs to find an actor who's not under contract to another series
Reporting in the internet age - particularly entertainment reporting - often turns into one elaborate, silly game of Telephone. The need for content now-now-now gives legs to stories that should have remained seated, lets rumors be treated as fact and makes even facts seem somewhat questionable. For a perfect case in point, go read Dan Shanoff's amusing/scary investigation into how the "news" of Brett Favre being considered for the latest "Dancing with the Stars" cast spread.
I don't know that the rumors of Rob Lowe being in contention to replace Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men" started the same way - Chris Connelly, for instance, first suggested it on Bill Simmons' podcast a week or so ago - but they've spread to the point where even Sheen himself is commenting on what his old pal Lowe might want to do with the gig.
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At last night's Paley Festival event for the series, co-creator Mike Schur said he was "extremely optimistic" about renewal. After the Paley session, I e-mailed him to ask for a clarification on Lowe's status, and he wrote back:
"It's complete gibberish. Maybe it was just a case of people tossing around names and then the internet spun it way out of control, but whatever the case: Rob is a full-time cast member, he has a multi-year contract, we love him, end of (non)story."
So there you go. Resume partying.
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