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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Charlie Sheen tapes 1st show since his arrest

Charlie Sheen tapes 1st show since his arrest

PASADENA, Calif. -- Charlie Sheen is back at work at ''Two and a Half Men'' and his producer said Saturday the actor's first show taping since his Christmas Day arrest was a big success.

Sheen taped an episode of the top-rated CBS comedy on Friday. He was arrested Dec. 25 in Aspen, Colo., on suspicion of domestic violence and other charges. Sheen's wife, Brooke, told police he put a knife to her throat, an accusation the actor denies. Attorneys say the couple wants to reconcile.

Sheen showed up at work Monday and rehearsals went well, said Chuck Lorre, the show's creator and executive producer. He said the incident wasn't ignored, but wouldn't say how it came up backstage. Lorre said Sheen seems to be doing as well as he can under the circumstances.

''We did a live show in front of a studio audience and it was a big success for us,'' Lorre said. He described the audience as ''incredibly supportive'' of Sheen.

''We just came back to work,'' he said.

The ''Two and a Half Men'' production schedule was not altered because of the incident, he said.

Nina Tassler, CBS entertainment president, said the network has been ''very sensitive to the fact that this is a very personal and private matter for Charlie.''

CBS took the same ''the show must go on'' tack last fall when David Letterman admitted to affairs with staff members following an alleged extortion attempt.

Court rules in favor of mother of octuplets

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A California appeals court ruled in favor of octuplets mother Nadya Suleman Friday, denying a call for an independent guardian to monitor her children's finances.

The 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana called the petition an ''unprecedented, meritless effort by a stranger'' and directed an Orange County probate court to vacate its order for an investigation into the family's finances.

Paul Petersen, an advocate for children in the entertainment industry, argued that Suleman's children were vulnerable and that an independent guardian should be appointed to look after their financial interests.