The always reliable and resourceful Deadline.com reports at approx. 3 pm Friday:
Following Charlie Sheen's hospital visit yesterday that allegedly followed days of heavy partying involving drugs, the Two and a Half Men star has checked into a rehab, while the hit CBS comedy has been put on a production hiatus. "Charlie Sheen has voluntarily entered an undisclosed rehabilitation center today," Sheen's publicist Stan Rosenfield said in a statement. "He is most grateful to all who have expressed their concern. "This is a sharp reversal from the statement issued by Rosenfield this morning, which stated that the Two and a Half Men star will return to work on Tuesday as scheduled.
In Regis & Kelly News, TV Newser reports on Regis at NATPE and the ABC vs. NBC ratings:
And speaking of the 9am hour, despite what Regis Philbin said at NATPE earlier this week that “LIVE” has beaten NBC at 9am, “Every day of every week of every year for 28 years,” the third hour of “Today” not only beat “Live with Regis & Kelly” for the 2009-’10 season, the Natalie Morales-Al Roker-Ann Curry hour is up +2% in Total Viewers and up +9% in A25-54 viewers so far this season.
The averages for the week of Jan. 17:
* Total Viewers: NBC: 5.60M / ABC: 4.92M / CBS: 2.83M
* A25-54 viewers: NBC: 2.60M / ABC: 1.94M / CBS: 1.19M