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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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