'Two and a Half Men' Won't Even Try for Best Comedy Series Emmy

Producers decline to submit the show for consideration in the wake of a season overshadowed by Charlie Sheen's meltdown

Here's something new for Charlie Sheen to rant about.

Though it's been nominated three times, Two And a Half Men has never won the Emmy for outstanding comedy series. And it looks like the hit show won't be winning one this year, either -- its producers have decided not to submit Men's troubled eighth season for Emmy consideration in that big category.

Obviously, the show had to wrap early this year in response to Sheen's public flameout back in January. But producers still could have made a bid for Emmy love; they had filmed 16 episodes, more than enough to be eligible. An insider at Warner Bros. TV tells Deadline.com that those involved in the decision didn't consider it appropriate to put the show in the running, given all the negative hype that Sheen had generated this year.

They have, however, submitted the names of Sheen's costars -- Jon Cryer, Holland Taylor, Angus T. Jones and Conchata Ferrell -- for consideration in the acting categories, and the studio will be mounting ad campaigns to support them. Sheen is naturally free to submit himself in the best actor category. Though Sheen missed the April 29 submission deadline, he is eligible to enter himself in the race belatedly -- and, given his "winning" attitude of late, that would seem like a probable next move for him.

The fact is, the show probably wouldn't have won anyway. The last time it nabbed a best comedy series nomination was in 2008. Sure, it's the highest-rated comedy on the air, but its Emmy appeal has been relegated mostly to the acting races (Cryer won for outstanding supporting actor in 2009). Of course, if there was a category for juiciest behind-the-scenes drama, the show would win hands-down.

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