May 31, 2011 at 11:26 AM ET
After making it through a television season more memorable for meltdowns, scandals and one huge casting shakeup than for any on-screen hijinks, the bigwigs behind “Two and a Half Men” have decided the show won’t run for Emmy’s top comedy nod this year.
According to Deadline.com, the abbreviated 16-episode season of the CBS sitcom staple was eligible for the primetime competition, but the powers that be felt a submission would be inappropriate given Charlie Sheen’s infamously public exit.
While “Men” isn’t expected to make an appearance in the outstanding comedy series category, Deadline reports that the studio plans to promote the show’s remaining stars, Jon Cryer, Holland Taylor, Angus T. Jones and Conchata Ferrell, for a variety of Emmy acting categories.
As for former lead actor Sheen, The Hollywood Reporter recently revealed that no one submitted his name for consideration before the April 29 deadline.
"I think (‘Two and a Half Men’) didn't submit because of their own ill will toward Charlie and their acknowledgment of everyone else's too,” Village Voice columnist Michael Musto told The Hollywood Reporter. "They know people won't be lining up to shower awards on anything starring the man who violently torpedoed his career.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean the Emmy crowd hopes for a Sheen-free night.
“Deep down, the Emmy folks must be praying Charlie somehow makes it to the telecast,” Musto added. “It would be amazing for ratings, and seeing as he won't be leaving with any trophies, no one needs be duly embarrassed. They should ask him to present, to guarantee his inclusion."
Then again, Emmy rules state that “it’s the responsibility of the person making the entry to list all eligible entrants.” According to the Reporter, that means that since Sheen’s name wasn’t submitted alongside the other members of the “Men” cast, there’s a possibility he could now throw his own name in the race — late or not.
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