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.