ASPEN, Colo. – Charlie Sheen could work at a Colorado theater company by day and spend his nights in jail under a deal reached with prosecutors that calls for him to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in his domestic abuse case, an attorney said Monday.

In exchange, prosecutors would drop criminal mischief and felony menacing charges stemming from an argument Sheen had with his wife on Christmas Day at an Aspen home where they were on vacation, said Yale Galanter, an attorney for Brooke Mueller Sheen.

The deal calls for Sheen to serve a 30-day sentence and three months probation, the lawyer said.

A judge must still approve the deal. A hearing set for Monday was continued until July 12. Attorneys planned to meet today to discuss the case, Galanter said.

Sheen was at the courthouse with his lawyer Richard Cummins, but neither offered any comments after the proceedings.

Lawyers met privately at the courthouse, with prosecutors asking a judge for more time to work out the deal. Pitkin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin didn’t provide further details.

After the meeting, Galanter refused to say what had caused the delay but noted that the work-release proposal wasn’t a glitch.

“Right now, we’re really back at square one,” Galanter said outside the courthouse.

 

 Actor posing tough queries on science series

NEW YORK – Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman isn’t shying away from tough questions on his new Science Channel series about space exploration. On Wednesday’s first episode, he asks, “Was there a Creator?”

The question is more likely to lead to more questions than it is to answers. That can be said for most of the topics he discusses on the eight-episode series.

Freeman’s participation as host and narrator of “Through the Wormhole” coincides with the Science Channel’s efforts to make science less stuffy — and bring some celebrities in who are passionate about it to attract viewers.

 

Demi Moore set to spill in memoir due in 2012

 

NEW YORK – Demi Moore, an actress famous for showing all, will now tell all.

HarperCollins announced Monday that it had acquired a “candid” memoir by the raspy-voiced star. The book will cover her life and career and is tentatively scheduled for release in 2012.

The book doesn’t have a title yet. Moore had shopped the book around with several publishers.

The 47-year-old Moore has acknowledged a troubled upbringing. HarperCollins says the narrative will be “framed by her complicated relationship with her mother, Virginia King.”

Moore is known for her work in such films as “Ghost” and “Indecent Proposal.” She appeared nude on the cover of Vanity Fair while pregnant and married to Bruce Willis. She has been married to Ashton Kutcher since 2005.

 

Seeking the next Oprah

 

NEW YORK – Oprah Winfrey wants to give someone else a chance to follow in her footsteps on her new cable network.

The talk show host is teaming up with reality TV producer Mark Burnett — the man behind such shows as “Survivor” and “The Apprentice” — on a show searching for the next big TV personality. “Your Own Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star” will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Aspiring hosts can upload audition videos to Oprah.com.

“Your Own Show” is scheduled to premiere in January. The host has yet to be announced.