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Ashton Kutcher Gets a Start Date for 'Two and a Half Men,' Charlie Sheen in Talks With 'Mad Men' Producers

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 1st 2011 6:00AM
Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. JonesThe new post-Sheen era on 'Two and a Half Men' is due to officially start Aug. 1st when new star Ashton Kutcher and the rest of the cast report to work for the first read-through of Kutcher's debut episode.

The hotly anticipated Season 9 premiere episode is due to air Sept. 19th, and it will allegedly see Charlie Sheen's character, Charlie Harper, killed off (almost certainly in a very nasty, very unambiguously final way).

Meanwhile, according to 'The New York Post,' Sheen may be closing in on a deal for a new cable TV sitcom with Lionsgate, the production company behind 'Mad Men.' The new show would debut in the summer or fall of 2012.

A source told the 'Post' that the new sitcom would most likely be a takeoff on Sheen's real tabloid-crazy life -- with Sheen playing a version of himself, an actor with spectacular personal demons.

Because it would air on cable, not network, TV there would be fewer strictures on language and nudity. (And you thought Charlie Harper was risqué ... ) Plus, Sheen would reportedly end up owning a piece of the show himself -- something he wanted but could never get on 'Two and a Half Men.'

Lionsgate has not commented publicly on the rumored talks, but the 'Post' reports that both camps are keen to get a deal signed before the new season of 'Men' premieres.

Sheen was fired from 'Men' back in March after a very public meltdown and protracted slanging match with the show's creator Chuck Lorre. Several high-profile names, including John Stamos and Hugh Grant, were linked with his empty place on the 'Men' couch before Kutcher signed on for one season.

'Men' is a huge money-spinner for CBS and Warner Bros. TV and industry sources predict that the Season 9 opener could be one of the most-watched episodes of a sitcom ever. Details of Kutcher's character and how he will be integrated into the series have been kept tightly under wraps. According to the 'Post' execs are so keen to keep it secret that it could be taped without a live studio audience.

'Two and a Half Men' Season 9 is due to premiere on Monday Sept. 19th, 9PM ET on CBS.

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