Charlie Sheen is shown in a scene from the CBS comedy, "Two and a Half Men." (GREG GAYNE/AP)

Taping for the first Sheen-less of CBS’s Monday hit “Two and a Half Men” is scheduled for later this week, and rumors about how they’ll handle Sheen’s departure are this week’s favorite sport among The Reporters Who Cover Television.

Currently topping the list: Sheen’s character — Charlie Harper — dies, there’s a funeral, ex-girlfriends return, the house is put on the market, and Ashton Kutcher is among the prospective buyers.

Kutcher, of course, being the replacement named just two months after Warner Bros. fired Sheen from the comedy for “self-destructive conduct,” following a series of very public Sheen meltdowns and radio rants.

Then, not to be left out of all the fun, Comedy Central announced that it would air the “Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen” on Sept. 19 at 10 p.m., shortly after the ninth season premiere of “Men” on CBS.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate announced last month that it is shopping a sitcom starring Sheen, based on the 2003 movie “Anger Management,” and will feature Sheen as a counselor with some issues of his own. Lionsgate president Kevin Beggs later assured reporters, “[Sheen’s] not as big a risk as you might think.”

Reps for both Warner Bros. and CBS had no comment about “Two and a Half Men” season premiere.