It was only a matter of time before CBS replaced Charlie Sheen on its smash comedy hit Two and a Half Men.
CBS and Warner Bros. Television confirmed this morning that Ashton Kutcher, best known for his role as the airhead Kelso on Fox’s That ’70s Show, will replace Charlie Sheen in its top-rated comedy, Two and a Half Men. Chuck Lorre, creator and executive producer of the hit comedy said, “If I was any happier, it’d be illegal.”
It was reported last week that Kutcher, 33, had been approached for the role and was quite receptive. The two sides spent the past several days working out the details, reported to be in the neighborhood of $265,000 per episode, which is considerably less than Sheen was making. He will join existing cast members Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Holland Taylor, Marin Hinkle and Conchata Ferrell.
The role is perfect for Kutcher, who’s been married to Demi Moore since 2005. His trademark ability to be a little flighty and superficial should provide for plenty of laughs. His high-energy alone should be enough to propel the show to heights previously unimagined, and his star power will draw fans of all ages to the revamped offering. Said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. “He brings creativity, energy and personality to everything he touches.”
This news brings an end to the speculation running wild on the internet about Sheen’s replacement. Other actors considered for the role include John Stamos and Hugh Grant. Stamos was spotted having drinks with Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS, but denied ever being interested in the role. Hugh Grant had been in actual negotiations for the role, but ultimately turned it down citing “creative differences.” I guess it’s better to know whether you will get along with Lorre before signing anything.
CBS and Warner Bros. Television will include the new Two and a Half Men in its fall lineup.