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Report: Chuck Lorre to reboot "Two and a Half Men" without Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen gestures toward a stuffed tiger given to him by a fan as he arrives for his "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Death is Not an Option" performance in Washington on April 19, 2011. Getty

(CBS) "Two and a Half Men" co-creator Chuck Lorre is reportedly planning to take the series in a direction that doesn't involve Charlie Sheen.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Lorre has come up with an idea to reboot the hit sitcom without the actor.

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Lorre reportedly presented the plan to close associates and series co-star Jon Cryer, and CBS and Warner Bros. are aware of his idea. THR, citing an insider, reports that Lorre has told Cryer that the reboot would involve a significant role for him and the introduction of a new, not-yet-cast character.

Talent representatives say that Warner Bros. is quietly seeking an actor to join the show next season, according to the report.

Sheen was fired from "Two and a Half Men" in March. He is currently suing Warner Bros. and Lorre for $100 million, and is crossing the country on his "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option" tour.

Neither CBS nor Warner Bros. has said whether "Men" will return for a ninth season.

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