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D-Day looms over future of Sheen's sitcom

TV bosses have two and a half weeks to decide the fate of Two And A Half Men -- with or without Charlie Sheen.

With CBS unveiling its autumn schedule for advertisers in New York on May 18, deadline pressure is on Warner Bros and Men executive producer Chuck Lorre to develop a post-Charlie Sheen version of the sitcom or kill what's been a highly lucrative property for all.

Whether the show is returning, who's in the cast and whether a revamped format would be ready for a fall debut or be delayed until midseason will be resolved before the sales presentation to Madison Avenue.

Speculation has swirled about who might fill the void left by Sheen, joining Jon Cryer and Angus T Jones in the cast that also features Holland Taylor. Some actors seen as potential candidates, including John Stamos and Rob Lowe, have indicated their interests are elsewhere.

Jay Mohr says he'd jump at the chance. The actor-comedian, whose credits include the sitcoms Action! and Gary Unmarried, is playing what was described to him as a Sheen-esque type in USA's Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

It's been nearly two months since Warner fired Sheen in the show's eighth season, after the hard-living actor's bouts of wild partying, repeated hospital stays and a bitter media campaign against his studio bosses.

Since then, Sheen has launched a $100 million lawsuit against Warner and Lorre.

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