Sorry, Charlie

I’m probably the only human on earth that has not seen a single episode of the hit sitcom ‘Two and a Half Men’ but lately it’s been pretty difficult to avoid the sordid trainwreck-of-a-life that is Charlie Sheen. I’m sure Leno, Letterman and CoCo are nearly wetting themselves over how easily this late-show fodder writes itself, but Sheen’s claim of stone-cold sobriety through his exclusive interviews seem devoid of any professional PR influence. One minute he’s claiming that he doesn’t recall the last time he ‘used’ then in the next breath brags about how invincible he is when it comes to partying and doing drugs (“I was bangin’ seven-gram rocks and finishing them because that’s how I roll”). Clearly the poor man is self-destructive and he doesn’t seem to care.

Chuck Lorre, the producer of Sheen’s hit show claimed that he would be ‘really pissed’ if Charlie lived longer than him. Instead of being upset, Sheen took it in stride saying, “This is like a gigantic compliment. Chuck offered an olive branch. That’s how I interpreted it…This is about him personally. It doesn’t get to me, it’s not about me until the end. It’s a reflection of how he feels, in comparison to how insane my life appears at times. So, I took it as a huge compliment. He basically wrote a brilliant little piece of literature and called me Superman. Don’t people get it?”

Nope, can’t say that I do.

Everybody Loved Raymond

When flipping through the channels the other day, I caught some heated ‘discussion’ between Debra and Ray Barone. For nine seasons Everybody Loves Raymond commanded our love and adoration with it’s comical take on the neuroses that can be the American marriage and family. One of my all time favorite episodes is “The Can Opener”. I know that many a ‘discussion’ has been known to start over simple misunderstandings between my wife and I, but to see it acted out the way Romano and Heaton did was genius. I don’t know what Ray Romano has been up to recently (maybe having coffee with Jerry Seinfeld) but he certainly deserves to toast his success. I think Everybody Loves Raymond‘s widespread syndication guarantees that this sitcom is another American classic.