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Charlie Sheen's classy Emmy appearance

Posted by Alan Wirzbicki  September 19, 2011 03:54 PM

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I never thought I’d be using “Charlie Sheen” and “classy” in the same sentence — at least, not so soon. But that’s the only right way to describe his appearance at last night’s Emmys, where he made a surprise appearance to present the award for best lead actor in a comedy. He looked calm, sincere, and (dare I say it?) sober, and offered a message to his former colleagues on CBS’s “Two and a Half Men”: “From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best from this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together, and I know you will continue to make great television.”

Should we be cynical here? The Emmy producers certainly did, when they teased Sheen’s appearance during a commercial break. (The announcer purred something like, “You’ll never guess who’s presenting next!”) An upstanding, calm public Charlie Sheen appearance is a newsworthy thing, and Sheen does have an incentive to make news. He has tonight’s Comedy Central Roast to promote, and I imagine that the proceedings therein will not be classy in the least.

But since the TV industry is not known for kindness or contrition — and our culture, these days, is woefully short on both — I’m inclined to take some good-heartedness at face value. So, wow, thanks, Charlie. In the midst of a lackluster telecast, you really made my night.

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill: Charlie Sheen presents the award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards yesterday.

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