Mark Cuban, Charlie Sheen, to develop TV show?
Charlie Sheen is in talks with billionaire Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, to possibly develop a reality series or talk show for the cable network HDNet.
Sheen, a 45-year-old actor and the highest-paid star on television, has been making headlines due to a series of on-air rants and ramblings made after "Two and a Half Men" producers halted production on his CBS comedy series last month following insulting comments he made about the show's co-creator and his recent stint in rehab.
Last week, Sheen maintained that he has been sober for a while. His rants have spurred a number of catchphrases, such as "Duh, winning!" and "Tiger blood" and broke a Guinness World Record for reaching 1 million Twitter followers the fastest. The actor, who opened a social networking account after the scandal began, has since acquired more than 2 million.
"You've got somebody that everybody has a whole lot of interest in who's doing some interesting things, to say the least, and we always look for interesting programming by featuring interesting people doing interesting things," ESPN quoted Cuban, who owns HDNet, as saying before the Mavericks' game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.
"I reached out and we've had some conversations, and we're going to work on doing some things," Cuban added. "Right now, we're taping a lot of different things that he's doing and we'll try to figure it out. It's still not 100 percent certain." Sheen has not spoken about a deal but the actor did call Cuban "a mad genius" and named him as one of three "Gnarls Gnarlingtons," aka winners, on his first uStream webcast show, "Sheen's Korner," which took place on Saturday.
"We'll do something together, but it's not certain it will be a show," Cuban said. "It'll come down to what he wants do and what his situation is. We'll just figure it out from there, but it's a unique opportunity, I'll say that."
Some 116,000 viewers tuned in to the first installment of "Sheen's Korner," which featured Sheen sitting at a table in his Los Angeles home with his friends, as well as his live-in girlfriend Natalie Kenly, one of his "goddesses." During the webcast, the actor showed off a new tattoo of the word "winner." Thousands of viewers quit watching in less than an hour. Sheen called the first episode a "shameful trainwreck filled with blind, cuddly puppies."
"Everybody wants to critique a Web show that got put together in a few hours," Cuban told ESPN. "That's not the point. It gave him a chance to be himself and have some fun. The thing I like the most about Charlie is that he just loves to mess with the media. You guys fall hook, line and sinker."
Sheen appeared in another webcast on Sunday, this time by himself. During the episode, dubbed "Torpedoes of Truth," he appeared to hold a camera to his face while speaking and swearing to someone on the telephone.
"I know I'm better solo. I am solo. I invented solo. There was like, two guys in a plane and one of them jumped out and said, 'It's Charlie Sheen, it's called 'Solo,'" Sheen said, before pointing his camera to the telephone and calling it "The weapon of the trolls."
"There's one side to me, and it's me, and it's gnarly and it's crazy and it's more than they deserve and it's more than they can process," he added. "I tried to use their format. I don't fit into their format. Their format is (expletive). Their format is cat (expletive). Their format is cat (expletive) stuck to the bottom of my sprinting show, of my world-record breaking, sprinting, perfect, platinum Nike. "
At the end of the second webcast, Kenly then came into the room and announced that Sheen's dog, a pug naemd Betty, had passed away.
"Betty was the (expletive)," Sheen said. "But now she's dead and she's another dimension flashing her razor fangs, making her owner, her master proud. People die, dogs die - what are you going to do ? Bring them back? Good luck, you're not me."
Meanwhile, Sheen is dealing with a custody battle over his twin sons Bob and Max, who turn 2 next week. Last week, Sheen said he and their mother, estranged wife Brooke Mueller, had come to a verbal agreement. She had filed a temporary restraining order against him earlier this month and removed their sons from his care, citing domestic violence and calling him "insane."
Sheen has denied her claims. The two married in 2008. The actor filed for divorce from Mueller in November.
In August 2010, Sheen pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge regarding a confrontation with Mueller that had occurred in December 2009. He was sentenced to 30 days in a rehabilitation center, 30 days of probation and 36 hours of anger management.
UPDATE on Monday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. ET: Charlie Sheen was fired from "Two and a Half Men."
Check out episode 2 of "Sheen's Korner" below (Warning: Contains explicit language).