The show's writers hope to honor the Charlie Sheen and Ashton Kutcher eras for the Feb. 19 finale

By Lynette Rice
Updated January 15, 2015 09:35 PM
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Talk about a major cliffhanger: There is no greater question lingering about the Two and a Half Men series finale than whether ex-star Charlie Sheen will appear in it.

Predictably, uber-producer Chuck Lorre was mum about the possibility Thursday while talking to reporters – but he did pay tribute to the actor who helped make the CBS comedy a behemoth hit.

“It would be inappropriate not to acknowledge our success with Charlie and how grateful I am and we are,” Lorre told reporters at a press conference while surrounded by his stars from the hit series, as well as those from The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly and Mom. “I have nothing but good feelings for those eight and half years.”

In fact, it’s because of those years with Sheen – and the equally successful ones with his replacement, Ashton Kutcher – that makes writing the Feb. 19 series finale a “a tricky sticky wicket,” Lorre said.

“The show has morphed into something else entirely for the last four years to something we love,” explains Lorre. “How to honor both [eras] is the challenge of this finale, and the other challenge [is] how to get people to watch it without telling them what it is.”

That said, Lorre had this tease to offer Two and a Half Men fans: “I think you will be very, very pleased with the finale and that’s all I’m going to say about it.”

The hour-long series finale of Two and a Half Men airs on CBS on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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