It debuted last month, dominating entertainment headlines, cable news, and late-night talk show punchlines. It was aired four days in a row with the first episode attracting nearly 115,000 viewers, only to fizzle out and not be seen (or “Sheen”) again.
That’s right, I’m referring to the short-lived webcast known as Sheen’s Korner. Was it deemed as a failure by Sheen as well as countless critics across the entertainment spectrum, or is Sheen’s “winning” mind and “tiger” blood better as a live act? So far the live act, or Torpedo of Truth tour, is much longer-lived than Sheen’s Korner. This is probably due to more money being made from ticket sales rather than advertising. Advertisers can pull their sponsorship of Sheen’s Korner if they are not satisfied with the show, but ticket holders most likely will not get their money back if they are not happy with Sheen’s Torpedo of Truth. As Sheen pointed out to one unhappy member of the audience at his opening show of the tour in Detroit, “I already got your money, dude.”
It’s pretty safe to say that the heavy viewing audience of Sheen’s Korner as well as the Torpedo of Truth tour can be linked to Sheen’s doctor calling 911 back in January after Sheen called him, complaining of stomach pains and sounding very intoxicated. This sparked speculation among the media and eventually the producer of the show Two and a Half Men (of which Sheen starred in) that Sheen had been abusing drugs and alcohol. Sheen responded to this speculation defensively, going so far as to insult Chuck Lorre, the producer of Two and a Half Men. It wasn’t long before Sheen was dropped from the show and there has not been a replacement for him since.
With the tour coming to an end soon (May 3rd, to be exact), many are wondering if Sheen’s Korner will be back on the web. If so, will it be in a different format? So far, the webcast originated in the form of an online radio show, in which Sheen was the host and was accompanied by a sidekick, a sound effects engineer, and an assistant (who is also one of Sheen’s “goddess” girlfriends). The three episodes that followed consisted of Sheen on the speaker-phone with his media advisor, spouting whatever weird thoughts came into his head in a conversation that went nowhere, and ranting insults about the executives of CBS, Warner Brothers, and Two and Half Men.
Whatever Charlie Sheen decides to do next, there will surely be people watching.