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Ashton Kutcher to Replace Charlie Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men'

by Harley W. Lond, posted May 12th 2011 8:30PM
UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has just confirmed that Ashton Kutcher will replace Charlie Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men.' The Hollywood trade reported that "two sources close to the deal-making (said) that the actor is putting the final touches on a deal to replace Charlie Sheen ... The exact dollar figure he will be paid is not known but a source says Kutcher is getting a 'huge payday'."

Earlier: The soap opera known as 'Two and a Half Men' keeps getting better and better. No, we don't mean the TV show, we mean the behind-the-scenes casting show.

TV Squad previously reported that Brit Hugh Grant had been in negotiations to replace errant Charlie Sheen in the blockbuster series that has been gilding Warner Bros.' and CBS' coffers for years. The latest news, however, is that Grant is out and -- ready for this? -- Ashton Kutcher is next in line for the role.

Grant's name reportedly came up about a month ago and CBS boss Les Moonves and CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler thought it was a good idea. Talks began and, allegedly, Grant was offered $1 million per episode (though later, insiders at WB downplayed that figure). Grant was close to sealing a deal when the thought of the grind of TV series work made him reconsider and he backed away.

So now add Kutcher's name to the 'Men' wannabes, according to Broadcasting & Cable. Kutcher, of course, is a star of both the small and big screen, with long stints on 'That 70's Show' (1998 - 2006) and 'Punk'd' (2003-07) and has a half dozen rom-com movies under his belt. He'd bring a gigantic constituency to the show (don't forget, he's the king of Tweeters, with 6.7 million followers).

Filling Sheen's shoes is an important goal for WB, which has billions of dollars riding on the series (for original, syndication and cable deals), and it's equally important to CBS, which charges $200,000 per 30-second spot in the sitcom, which is TV's most-watched. Previous names bandied about: John Stamos, Rob Lowe and Jeremy Piven.

CBS and Warner Bros. had no comment on this latest development.

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hi kathy

yea without charlie i won't be watching, if u did one with cryer maybe

September 09 2011 at 6:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hi kathy

hey two and a half men: I agree charlie sheen is the show so are all the rest i love jon cryer, and without the real cast of the show its not going anywhere. either get him back, or do one where he's dead or gone a really long time no one can fill his shoes

September 09 2011 at 6:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rosemaryram

Although I truly liked Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper, it was his choice to leave the show in a hostile manner, insulting the creator, Chuck Lorre, and a cast member, Jon Cryer. One does not publicly curse the boss nationally and then expect to be welcomed back. YOU DO NOT BURN YOUR BRIDGES BEHIND YOU. The show must go forward with Ashton Kushner, wishing him good luck with hope that he will even improve the show for its nineth season.

May 17 2011 at 11:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hello MeeMaw

CBS needs to pay attention to what these viewers are saying,no one else can even come close to being Charlie Harper!!
Charlie Sheen makes that show what it is,no one else!!! He might have his "problems",but who doesn"t? As far as we know-he has removed himself from the drugs-and even when he was on drugs,no one watching the show could tell!!
Ashton will make the show "bomb",he will not do for the show what Charlie does-NEVER! So it will be cancelled like all the rest of the shows that are being cancelled-that supposedly no one watches.The shows going off the air{as we"ve heard this morning}are ones that everyone likes!GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!!

May 17 2011 at 9:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dsanfrlady

wont last one season.....

May 17 2011 at 9:07 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
gerripeter

Nothing against Ashton, but Two and Half Men is Charlie Sheen and original great cast......I agree, Sheen has been a very bad boy ,but if the show is to continue and be a hit as it it has been. in the past.. .....it will not survive without Sheen.

Unless Sheen is back I will not be watching it.

May 16 2011 at 7:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Jaime

If I cannot tell people that I at 46 am only 30 nor should Chucky Sheen be replaced by someone that physically is early thirties. YES I UNDERSTAND EVEN THOUGH SHEEN ACTS LIKE A CHILD DONT REPLACE HIS CHARACTER WITH ONE.
My suggestion, Sheens character (and the actor playing him) are fully established friends of the bottle. the character has driven intoxicated before. Chuckles Sheen dying in a alcohol related accident would be a good thing for many to see Perhaps during one of his binges he alters his will and Jake owns the house and calls the shots on dad?
Bottom line is Sheen is replaceable with a hot water bottle, if you don't have one dont worry about it you will survive without it.

May 16 2011 at 1:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
clyhrrt

I can't wait to see that, I like two and a half men. i really liked charlie sheen as well, but i want to see the new show with kutcher.

May 15 2011 at 11:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
candygal53

I think they should have ended this show when Charlie Sheen lost any resemblance of manners and the 1/2 person become a 1 and 1/2 person compared to the other 2 stars. They lost their lustre when the kid got big and very foul mouthed and should cancel something that is no longer family oriented and outlived its 2-1/2 mentality and looks.

May 15 2011 at 8:50 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
barbden907

I was getting pretty disgusted with Sheen and his disgusting antics both on and off the screen but kept watching the show in the hopes it would get better.Since it has been announced that Ashton Kucher will be replacing him I absolutely will not be watching the show anymore.

May 15 2011 at 4:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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