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CBS Chief Les Moonves Thinks 'Two and a Half Men' Could Last for 'Many Years'

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 18th 2011 3:30PM
Les MoonvesYou could forgive CBS CEO Leslie Moonves for being a little stressed; after Charlie Sheen's acrimonious exit from 'Two and a Half Men' earlier this year, America's biggest sitcom was in serious danger of imploding, leaving the network wondering if they might have to slaughter their golden goose just to save face.

Against all odds, 'Two and a Half Men' bounced back bigger than ever with the addition of Ashton Kutcher this season, but lately it seems as though Moonves has simply traded one headline-grabber for another. From engaging in a war of words with the Village Voice over sex trafficking to making a twit of himself on Twitter with an uninformed comment about Joe Paterno, Kutcher is developing a reputation almost as noisy as Sheen's -- and his impending divorce from Demi Moore over rumors of infidelity won't help matters much.

Still, despite Kutcher's antics, Moonves apparently doesn't think his golden goose is in danger any longer. According to Deadline, the CEO spoke confidently about the future of 'Two and a Half Men' at the recent Hollywood Radio and Television Society Newsmaker Luncheon in Beverly Hills.

"With these numbers, I'm hoping this show will last for many, many years," he insisted, also praising Kutcher's performance. "We're more than happy with how well Ashton has done, other than his comments about Penn State."

As for the controversy surrounding Sheen's exit, Moonves succinctly summed up the situation with: "S**t happens," though he admitted that the whole incident was "unfortunate" and that the experience "wasn't fun. There's no good when there are lawyers involved with a television show."

Although Moonves wouldn't be drawn into committing to a multi-year renewal for 'Men,' he was pleased that the ratings had improved upon what they were a year ago when Sheen was still involved. "I'm happy that Charlie has a show with a very good showrunner and a very good studio in Lionsgate. We wish him well," he said diplomatically, referencing Sheen's new 'Anger Management' sitcom, which is set to air on FX.

Despite doom and gloom predictions for the state of network TV in general, Moonves remained optimistic about keeping viewers interested. "I still believe in the power of network TV," he told interviewer Brian Lowry. "I talk to the advertisers all the time, and there's something we give the audience that can't be done by cable. By the way, there's fabulous work being done on cable. But look at the numbers; Mad Men is a spectacular show, I love it, it's won something like the last 19 Emmy Awards. But it's watched by 10 percent of the [viewing audience] who watch NCIS ... AMC is a great place, but it's just a different ballgame."

Do you think 'Two and a Half Men' will stay in production for many years to come? Is Ashton Kutcher in danger of becoming the next Charlie Sheen?

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Two and Half men does suck really bad with Ashton. CHarlie was a smart funny guy well dressed it just worked. Now ashton is the equivalent of a dumb blond. Hes not funny, hes scruffy and stupid in the show - it doesnt work at all !!! I dont watch it anymore. I look forward to the re-runs with charlie in it!

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November 21 2011 at 9:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The new Two and Half Men sucks. However, it isnt just KR who isnt funny., it is the story lines. THey are lame and disgusting at times. I will stick to the reruns. g.price

November 20 2011 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

2 1/2 Men was my fav show. NEVER liked Kutcher. He's just not funny. I like funny not stupid. Miss ALL the old characters. Watched the new one once and am done. Bye Bye 2 1/2 Men. It was great while it lasted.

November 20 2011 at 3:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Susie Hunt

It won't be back for another season. Ashton's character is a man-child and I grew tired of him after the first episode, but decided to give it a couple more weeks. More of the same. Berta was my fave, but now with her drooling over her new employer all the time, it's just creepy. Goodbye 2 1/2 Men...it was fun while it lasted. :-(

November 20 2011 at 2:15 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I've watched every episode this season hoping for improvement. This week was the last I'll waste my time on. If it was gonna get better it should have by now.

November 19 2011 at 11:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I personally think Ashton is ruining the show. Other than Alan becoming more of a scheming loser than before, the other characters, Jake, Berta, Judy, etc., are almost writen off completely. The show is not fun to watch anymore, its more stupid than funny. If this keeps up, I will be tuning out. The reruns with Charlie are still funny, I'll watch those.

November 19 2011 at 10:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

He can "wish" all he wants, but this show has taken a serious nose dive!! It now SUCKS with Ashton Kutcher in the lead....

I was a long time fan, but now I CAN NOT stand the show and no longer watch it!!

November 19 2011 at 10:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

People come and go, its life, I wish Charley was still there but he has brain-overload and needs some time to get his
head on straight again. Maybe someday Ashton will be funny, and maybe the writers will give Allen some backbone!
Lets hope so!

November 19 2011 at 10:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was(that is WAS) a big fan of the show. Charlie Sheen made the show. I have tried to watch the "new" one with Ashton Kutcher; but after 3 of them I give up. There is no story line-it's just flashes of different scenes with different people-it's just not working! Jake,Berta and Evelyn ALL made the show-now you barely see them or they might have a few lines--and sorry-Allan is more pathetic than ever -have no interest in seeing Ashton naked-REALLY?- he was great in the "70's Show, back when, but his acting hasn't improved one iota--he's still the big dumb guy who is NOT funny anymore! Sorry--I'll keep watching the reruns!

November 19 2011 at 10:22 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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