Although Charlie Sheen has finally checked himself into an undisclosed rehab facility , no one knows how seriously he's going to take it until the rating come in this week for 'Two and A Half Men.'
"If the rating go through the roof again as they did after Charlie's incident in New York , CBS and Charlie will be out again in no time and back to his old ways," warns a close friend of the actor . "However , if the public finially stops rewarding Charlie for his bad behavior , then , and only then , can you expect him to take the situation seriously."
Why ? It's simple , Charlie make a substantial bonus on his industry-topping salary ($ 1.25 million per episode ) if the show does particularly well.
[On that subject ... the next highest paid actor in a sitcom is Charlie Sheen's co-star , Jon Cryer , at $500,000 per episode . The Half in the show , Angus T. Jones , is TV's highest paid teen , raking in $ 250,000 per episode]
Mark Burg added , "Charlie hopes to be back at work in the near future , but there is no time frame . Regaining his sobriety is what is most important.
But insiders famiilier with the situation says "CBS only has two unaired episodes of TV's # 1 comedy in the can . So although team Charlie claims there no time frame ("near future") , they mean they hope the troubled actor is back on the set within a few weeks.
Just a thought : That seems to me like a very small amount of time to fix a very large problem.