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Is 'Two and a Half Men' Cursed?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 5th 2011 6:10PM
'Two and a Half Men''Two and a Half Men' has survived its fair share of TV scandals. I mean, we all saw what happened to Charlie Sheen, right? But the latest headlines about Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's marital troubles have us asking: Is 'Two and a Half Men' cursed?

Hear me out. During his eight-season stint on 'Men,' Sheen racked up two marriages and divorces, the birth of four children, an arrest, a stint in rehab, the departure of his two best goddesses and one very public personal and professional meltdown.

Now that Kutcher has taken the reins at 'Men,' his personal life and six-year marriage to Moore have become the focus of an increasingly salacious series of reports. Rumors have been swirling about naked hot-tubbing with a 23-year-old girl (the same age as Moore's eldest daughter, Rumer Willis, I might add), and the latest headlines say that he's moved out of their house.

For a couple hitherto known for tweeting playful and sexy pictures of each other, their cryptic Twitter activity of late is quite a 180. And the timing couldn't be more interesting ...

Not to say that Kutcher's reported travails compare to Sheen's epic misadventures, but there are some similarities that can't be overlooked. (If in a year Kutcher embarks on a bizarre "comedy" tour, don't say we didn't warn you.)

Even their 'Men' characters are alike. Both Sheen's character, Charlie Harper, and Kutcher's character, Walden Schmidt, are wealthy womanizers not used to hearing the word "no." I was actually shocked to see that, in a move meant to re-energize the show, Kutcher wound up playing someone so similar to the guy Sheen made famous. Could these characters' worst attributes have influenced the actors playing them? Is this a case of life imitating art?

Sheen was making $1.25 million an episode, and Kutcher is now making about $1 million an episode, putting them both in the "beyond financially stable" category occupied by their characters. Maybe headlining a hit TV show and topping the list of highest paid TV actors is giving these guys a false sense of entitlement.

While the ratings for the new reboot have been better than solid, industry experts are wondering how long that will last. With the show in its ninth season, this shake-up not really shaking too much up and the biggest headlines still focusing on the personal lives of the stars and not the series, maybe it's time to throw in the towel and send 'Two and a Half Men' to the showers once and for all.

What do you think: Are the Kutcher headlines just a coincidence? Or is it time to consider kicking him (and the show) to the curb as well?

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Richard Clarkin

its such an awful show anyways could they please just kill it ? pretty please ???

November 06 2011 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't you know that the Kardashian's didn't spend a penny of their own money for their ridiculously over the top wedding. It was all paid for by sponsors who hope you will watch their reality tv show and then go out and buy products branded Kardashian, a group of people whose only claim to fame is their stepfather, whose stepdaughters have now branded themselves as products as a way to make a living. Americans who support this branding of celebrity merchandise are stupid sheep following advertisers brainwashing so that the corporations they're sponsored by can make tons of money and pay less taxes than the 99% of people who do real jobs for a living. What a state of affairs America has come to. I'm glad to finally see the Occupying Protests going on in NY on Wall St and Philadelphia. Wake up America and stop paying to make rich people like the Kardashians, Martha Stewart, JayLo and Paris Hilton rich because you're stupid.

October 10 2011 at 1:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kim Kardashian's wedding? Just because they spent $10 million on the wedding it's supposed to rank? They'll be divorced in a few years, just like the rest of them. The west coast celebrities are always crying about spreading the wealth and helping others. The money spent on this wedding was obsene and hypocritical. "Do as I say, not as I do" comes to mind here.

October 09 2011 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The show, 2&1/2 Men has run its course. Last year the writing was terrible. They tried a girlfriend for Charlie,that didn't work. A girlfriend for Allen,that didn't work. Allen's ex-e got re-married, that didn't work. Now they had Allen naked in bed with Kutcher. They're grasping at straws. Time to call it a day.

October 09 2011 at 5:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this show sucks! charlie could come back, how about the idea that rose faked his death so she could have him all to herself. think about it

October 09 2011 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show was done for soon after Charlie left I agree get either his real life brother or evern father to be on it ayone else but kutcher he can't act from beans

October 09 2011 at 12:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Coca Cola changed their formula in the 80's with disastrous consequences; the Two and Half Men retool is about as bad. They messed with the formula and it is just not the same. The other character’s are strong but Charlie’s relationships with the other characters was just such a key element of the show. That is gone now and it’s just not the same. Ashton's character is just strange, and I think the ratings will start falling. I watched the first few shows and I done with it.

October 08 2011 at 8:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who cares about 2 1/2 men. It is NOT the same show nor will it ever be without Charlie. As messed up as he was he WAS that show and no matter who replaces him it will never be the same. As for Kardashian.............PFFFFFFFT!!!

October 08 2011 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The cast is phenomenal, with or without Sheen, Jon Cryer is the center of that show and always has been, Without him there would be no show, While I agree that Ashton's character is a bit doofy, I am willing to give the show a chance out of respect for the remaining characters who got caught up in a bad situation but who are very talented and should not not be punished for Charlie's meltdown!

October 07 2011 at 3:25 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Allen is still a decent guy....however the rest f the cast should take a permanent sabbatical. It went from funny to dirty.I have seen enough ........find another story . You don't need Charlie.
thank you.

October 07 2011 at 2:36 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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