Two and a Half Men

Two and a Half Men’s Holland Taylor: ‘I’ve Suffered Depression’: A Parade Magazine Exclusive

Two and a Half Men’s Holland Taylor has gone back to her theater roots with her one-woman play Ann, which has earned her a Tony nomination. In a candid interview with, Taylor opened up about her struggle with depression, why the late Ann Richards would have thought Angelina Jolie was “the bomb,” how former costar Charlie Sheen’s Hollywood upbringing shaped his life, and more.

Here are the highlights:

You often play strong, buoyant, confident women, like Judge Kittelson on The Practice or Gov. Ann Richards in your play. You seem very self-confident, never self-doubting.
“Well, I’ve suffered depression. From my early 40s into my mid-50s.”

How bad was it?
“Bad enough for me to entertain the idea of going into a hospital. I actually wasn’t a danger to myself, but I really sometimes wondered how I could get out of the house to go get food. I was on antidepressants for over 15 years, with very intermittent counseling. It was a very dead period of my life. Antidepressants take away the lows but they also reduce the highs. And for me, over a long period of time, they didn’t really work. So I quit taking them, and my life has been afire since then.”

Ann Richards was transparent about the things she wanted to share, like Angelina Jolie was in opening up about her double mastectomy.
“I think what Angelina Jolie is doing is right up Ann Richards’ street. I was dazzled by it, and I thought it was a wonderful sharing, and just fantastically wonderful for thousands of people who are going through that. I think the world of Angelina Jolie, and infinitely more now, because that was really a dazzling, generous effort on her part. Ann Richards would just think that was the bomb.”

What do you think of Charlie Sheen’s replacement on Two and a Half Men, Ashton Kutcher?
“He’s very charming. Very affable and smart. But I’ve hardly been exposed to him at all.”

And what about Charlie Sheen?
“Anybody who’s spent time with Charlie likes him. He’s as smart a person as you’ll ever find.”

He sometimes hasn’t behaved like he’s smart.
“He grew up with a movie star father [Martin Sheen] who was gallivanting around the world. [Today] Martin is a big AA person and very public about it. But back in the day, Martin was a young, crazy, brilliant talent—always gone, always traveling, sometimes bringing his kids along. It was just a madhouse way [for Charlie] to grow up. And then Charlie himself was a teenage movie star with hundreds of thousands of dollars in his pocket at any given moment. It sounds great to a lot of people, but it’s not that easy to mature and to have a regular life.”

Read more here from our friends at Parade Magazine

Please follow The Mac Wire  on Twitter and Facebook.


Lindsay Lohan Looking For Sitcom Role

Despite the scathing reviews of her performance in the Lifetime movie Liz & Dick, Lindsay Lohan is reportedly convinced that TV is the key to reviving her flagging acting career. reports Lohan is pushing her team to land her a starring role on a sitcom.

“Lindsay has asked her manager and agent to look into getting her her own television sitcom. Lindsay feels that the small screen would be a great way for her to revitalize her acting career and that a comedy would be the best bet,” an insider tells Radar.

Apparently, the sitcom idea came from former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen. “Lindsay feels most comfortable doing comedy and it was Charlie Sheen that told her she should do it. Charlie told Lindsay that it was an easy way to make very good money and help her to get her movie career back on track,” the source adds. “Lindsay is loving the idea of having her own sitcom and would love to play someone in a story based on her crazy life.”

Lohan “isn’t fazed” by the criticism heaped on Liz & Dick last night. She allegedly believes jealously is the driving force behind the critics who slammed her. “She thinks everyone is insanely jealous of her, and like it or not, she was trending on Twitter last night,” adds the insider.

A Liz & Dick review on complained that Lohan was “completely miscast” as the legendary Elizabeth Taylor, while Entertainment Weekly slammed Lohan’s “frozen face.” The 26-year-old actress has not commented.

64th Annual Emmy Awards Winners List

Drama Series: “Homeland,” Showtime.

— Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes, “Homeland,” Showtime.

— Actor, Drama Series: Damian Lewis, “Homeland,” Showtime.

— Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.

— Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey,” PBS.

— Writing, Drama Series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, “Homeland,” Showtime.

— Directing, Drama Series: Tim Van Patten, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO.

— Comedy Series: “Modern Family,” ABC.

— Actor, Comedy Series: Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men,” CBS.

— Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO.

— Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, “Modern Family,” ABC.

— Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family,” ABC.

— Writing, Comedy Series: Louis C.K, “Louie,” FX Networks.

— Directing, Comedy Series: Steven Levitan, “Modern Family,” ABC.

— Miniseries or Movie: “Game Change,” HBO.

— Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore, “Game Change,” HBO.

— Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys,” History.

— Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story,” FX Networks.

— Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Tom Berenger, “Hatfields & McCoys,” History.

— Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Jay Roach, “Game Change,” HBO.

— Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Danny Strong, “Game Change,” HBO.

— Reality-Competition Program: “The Amazing Race,” CBS.

— Host, Reality-Competition Program: Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC.

— Variety, Music or Comedy Series: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central.

— Writing for a Variety Special: Louis C.K., “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre,” FX Networks.

— Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards, CBS.

Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management Headed to FX

It looks like Charlie Sheen will be back on TV next summer! FX has confirmed they picked up 10 episodes of his new sitcom Anger Management. If the show is a hit, the network will commit to 90 more episodes.

“We think that Bruce Helford, Joe Roth and Charlie Sheen have come up with a wonderful, hilarious vehicle for Charlie’s acting talents — and a character we are very much looking forward to seeing him play. ‘Two and a Half Men’ has been an outstanding component of FX’s schedule for the past 14 months, and we have every confidence that Anger Management will soon be as well,” said FX President and General Manager John Landgraf.

Anger Management is loosely based on the 2003 film of the same name. Sheen will play “a mild-mannered, non-confrontational man ordered to attend group anger management sessions led by a therapist who could probably use some anger management himself,” according to Lionsgate.

Sheen, 46, was fired from the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men in March following weeks of bizarre behavior and a public feud with show creator Chuck Lorre. His character, Charlie Harper, was killed off and replaced by internet billionaire Walden Schmidt, played by Ashton Kutcher.

Ashton Kutcher “Concerned” About Two And A Half Men Success

Ashton Kutcher’s marriage to Demi Moore is reportedly falling apart and now the actor is said to be worrying about his new Two and a Half Men gig tanking. An insider claims Kutcher is “concerned” about the ratings dropping from 28.7 million viewers for the premiere to 15.8 viewers for this week’s episode.
“Ashton is concerned that the ratings are dropping each week. However, to be fair, the season premiere of Two and a Half Men last year when Charlie Sheen was still on the show, had around 16 million people tuning in,” the source tells “Ashton’s hopeful that the ratings on the show will stabilize, and the show will find it’s groove. Even though the show came in third for the first time this season, it was up against Monday Night Football, and Dancing with the Stars. CBS still won the coveted 18-49 demographic, and Two and a Half Men is still the number one comedy on television.”
Meanwhile, Kutcher has been accused of cheating on Moore with a San Diego woman. Sara Leal, 22, claims she had sex with the actor twice on September 24 – Kutcher and Moore’s sixth wedding anniversary.
“We had sex twice. Everything felt natural. We were having a good time. One thing led to another. He was good but it wasn’t weird or perverted or creepy. I was attracted to him, and he was attracted to me,” Leal told Britain’s Sun newspaper.
“I didn’t plan on doing it – it just ended up happening,” she added. “If I had known from the beginning that he was happily married, none of this would ever have happened.”
Neither Kutcher nor Moore has commented.

Ashton Kutcher Wears Wedding Ring Amidst Rumors

As rumors of trouble in his marriage to Demi Moore continue to swirl, Ashton Kutcher stepped out Thursday wearing his wedding band. The Two and a Half Men star was spotted visiting an L.A. motorcycle shop where he purchased two new helmets. He then returned to the Beverly Hills home he shares with Moore. Insiders say Moore arrived at the house around the same time as Kutcher.
Neither Kutcher nor Moore has spoken out specifically about the rumors, but both alluded to them in recent Tweets. “When we are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger,” Moore wrote.
After posting a link to his Spotify account where the song “Don’t Believe The Hype” played, Kutcher Tweeted, “When you ASSUME to know that which you know nothing of, you make an ASS out of U and ME.”

Charlie Sheen and Warner Brothers Reach Settlement In $100 Million Lawsuit

Charlie Sheen’s massive lawsuit against Warner Bros. Television and ‘Two and a Half Men’ creator Chuck Lorre has been settled to all parties “mutual satisfaction,” Warner Bros. announced Monday. The studio said the terms of the settlement will remain private.
“Warner Bros. Television, Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen have resolved their dispute to the parties’ mutual satisfaction. The pending lawsuit and arbitration will be dismissed as to all parties. The parties have agreed to maintain confidentiality over the terms of the settlement,” the studio said in a statement.
Sheen filed the $100 million lawsuit in March following his firing from Two and a Half Men. He sought compensation for himself and the show’s crew for the eight episodes that were canceled as a result of his departure. “Defendant Chuck Lorre… believes himself to be so wealthy and powerful that he can unilaterally decide to take money away from the dedicated cast and crew of ‘Two and a Half Men’ in order to serve his own ego and self-interest, and make the star of the Series the scapegoat for Lorre’s own conduct,” Sheen claimed in court documents.
Ashton Kutcher was introduced as Sheen’s replacement on the season nine premiere of Two and a Half Men. The episode raked in 27.8 million viewers – the highest viewership ever for an episode of the show.

Two and a Half Men Premiere Rakes In Nearly 27.8 Million Viewers

It looks like Two and a Half Men is going to be just fine without Charlie Sheen. Season 9 of the show premiered Monday night to 27.8 million viewers – the highest viewership ever for an episode of the show.

The premiere introduced depressed billionaire Walden Schmidt, played by Ashton Kutcher, as the replacement for lead character Charlie Harper, who was killed off because CBS fired actor Charlie Sheen earlier this year. Schmidt buys the house Harper shared with his brother Alan (played by John Cryer).

CBS’ new sitcom Two Broke Girls also received good ratings. About 19.2 million viewers tuned in to the premiere while ABC’s Dancing with the Stars followed close behind with 18.6 million viewers. NBC’s The Playboy Club and Sing-Off fell short with about 5 million viewers each.

Ashton Kutcher and Hugh Laurie Are Highest Paid Actors

House, M.D.: Season Two

Ashton Kutcher has joined Hugh Laurie as the highest paid actor on TV in America, according to a new magazine study.

Both stars will earn $700,000 per-episode for Two anda Half Men and House, respectively, when the two high-rated shows return to TV next month (Sep11), but Kutcher also reportedly has a deal in place, where he’ll profit further if his sitcom is a hit.

Kutcher is replacing fired Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men.

However, both actors’ 2011/2012 TV salaries won’t match Simon Cowell’s package when he kicks off his new X Factor show – the study, carried out by TV Guide magazine, suggests he’s on a whopping $75 million-per-year.

And the music mogul’s replacement on American Idol, Jennifer Lopez, has signed a new deal to return to the talent show reportedly worth $20 million (£12.5 million) for the second season.
Also among the big U.S. TV earners: chat show hosts David Letterman and Jay Leno bring in $28 million and $25 million annually, NCIS star Mark Harmon ($500,000 -12,500-per-episode), and Kutcher’s Two and a Half Men sidekick Jon Cryer ($600,000 -per-show).

Ashton Kutcher Invests in Internet Travel Site

Ashton Kutcher is eager to boost his earning potential by ploughing money into the internet – he’s invested in a new travel website.

The actor, who landed one of the biggest jobs on TV after taking over from troubled Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men, is a huge fan of the web and was one of the first celebrities to become hooked on social networking phenomenon Twitter.
And the star is hoping his online knowledge will make him an internet entrepreneur after he invested a large sum into – a site which helps users plan their vacations.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the site is a place “where people can list and book places and things (apartments, sailboats or even the occasional castle) for traveling and vacations.”