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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Earlier this week, actor Charlie Sheen announced he was ready to go back to work.

Jamie Widdoes, director of “Two and a Half Men,” said he is too.

Widdoes is back in Pittsburgh this weekend for the Steeltown Film Factory.

He’s pretty familiar with Pittsburgh too because he grew up in Squirrel Hill and used to ski down Negley Hill.

“I used to work for my mother at the Arts Festival right here, and I would help pull up the Pavilion awnings at the start of every day,” Widdoes said.

The Hollywood director knows the entertainment business. He was in “Animal House” in 1977.

However, his current hit, “Two and a Half Men,” has been on hiatus because Sheen was in rehab.

“I supposed it depends who you ask. I don’t think there is any question that this was a really good thing to happen for Charlie, for the show,” Widdoes said.

Fans of the show got some good news when Sheen said he was ready to return to work.

“Charlie’s in really good shape. I saw him a couple days ago, and we’re really thrilled for that. He’s thrilled for that, and we are ready to go back in a week and do four more episodes,” Widdoes said.

It’s four fewer episodes than planned. Yet, in eight seasons, “Two and a Half Men” has earned millions of loyal followers.

“It’s never fun to say to the fans of the show, who are so numerous, that you know what, you are going to have to deal without original episodes. But in this particular case, it was the best thing to do, and hopefully, you know, we move on from here with all good stuff,” Widdoes said.

Widdoes said this is his third trip to Pittsburgh in the past month.

He came home for both Pittsburgh Steelers playoff games.

New episodes will begin airing next week.

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