Ashton Kutcher Discusses New Gig on ‘Two and a Half Men’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 9:49 pm,

With one simple presentation, CBS officially said good-bye to the tumultuous days of Charlie Sheen and ushered in the (hopefully) bountiful days of new Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher.

Late last week, after some volleying and speculation, Kutcher was offered the Two and a Half Men role, and now the network is proudly displaying their new acquisition. During the CBS upfront presentation, it was made very clear that the dust had settled in regards to the Charlie Sheen matter (though not legally), and that the network, series creator and producer Chuck Lorre, and series co-stars Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones have officially begun the process of moving on.

At CBS’ recent upfront presentation in New York, Kutcher took to the stage to assume the throne of America’s number one sitcom. The actor touched briefly on the media blitz surrounding the announcement of his new role by stating:

“Honestly, I never probably in my 13 years in show business received more emails and phone calls from people congratulating me for this job.”

Kutcher went on to express his gratitude for the role – likely due to the reported $750,000 per episode paycheck he will be receiving.

“You’d almost think I won the lotto or something, which I kinda did. I got the best job in show business and I’m ecstatic about that. When I was very young somebody told me that if you want to be successful in life, surround yourself with the best, work your ass off and you can get there. And I am surrounded by the best and I will work my ass off and I could not be more excited.”

While the word ‘dude’ was never brought up in Kutcher’s address, neither was any mention of the man he is replacing. Although it is clear the powers that be at Two and a Half Men­ (i.e. Chuck Lorre) have certainly cut the cord, it’s a given Sheen’s recently underperforming Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour won’t be the last we will see of the actor. In addition to potential film work, many producers like Doug Ellin (Entourage) have already begun to seek him out for television roles.

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Kutcher in ‘Killers’

Though he’s earned less-than-favorable reviews for many of his films like Killers and Valentine’s Day, Kutcher has managed to maintain a fairly positive and profitable appeal in Hollywood – if his massive Twitter following is any indication. Along with his throngs of fellow tweeters, the most important thing Kutcher will bring to his role on Two and a Half Men is less off-camera drama, and a more genuine sense of likeability.

Kutcher’s new co-star, Jon Cryer, all but breathed a sigh of relief when he said, “I brought myself to a place of incredible excitement about our new beginning, which I’m going to refer to as One and Two Half Men.” Whether that likeability will translate into excitement from the fans – and the kind of ratings success Sheen enjoyed – remains to be seen.

The rebooted Two and a Half Men will be back on CBS Monday nights @9pm this fall.

Source: TV Line

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  1. The reason of success of the show was Charlie Sheen. I don’t think Sheen was the only person who could’ve played Charlie Harper, but after 8 seasons he *is* the only person audiences want to see play Harper. There is no other Charlie Harper.

    • I disagree with this a bit because without the great supporting cast, Sheen would not have been able to “shine”. It took both for it to work but without Sheen there is a void not even Kutcher can sufficiently fill.

    • Its a good thin that Kutcher isn’t playing Charlie Harper. He’s playing a new character.

  2. agreed.
    Leave the show done.
    Hope Charlie wins the lawsuit.

  3. This show is dead. No Sheen means no viewers,

    • Chris,
      Charlie was probably getting tired of the show and ready to go on to something new. He will prevail. The show will still continue to be watched as much. At least I have faith it will. :)

  4. When will Ashton’s first appearance on the show start airing? My husband and I watch the show all the time. We are happy Ashton is taking Charlie’s place. It seemed Charlie was getting bored with the show. It was, in my opinion, time for him to move on to something else. I know this is a very popular show, but Charlie was getting a little bit rude with the cast. I overlook it a lot of times. I figure he was just have one of his bad days. It was beginning to happen a lot. Welcome to the show Ashton. Looking forward to seeing you soon.
    Stay cool and again, Welcome!!!

  5. I find the Sheen supporters well basically siding with a drug addicted ego-infused-mad-with-power-hasbeen.

    If that’s winning, I’ll try something else. Thanks.

    • So we aren’t allowed to like the show itself and how the characters interact with one another? If the actor does questionable things or is a “bad person” that means we, out of some misplaced sense of moral superiority, can’t still like the work they do?

      Supporting Sheen’s quirky life style and thinking he is a good actor are two COMPLETELY different animals. As long as he shows up for work and does his job, then why should I care? Must be difficult going to movies and watching TV with that attitude because a LOT of Hollywood live less than a stellar and upstanding life.

      Oh, I would advise staying away from anything Schwarzenegger does considering recent events ;)

      • god bless you for that comment you put him right into place

  6. If this works, it will be the turnaround of the century. Replacing a popular actor in a popular show is VERY difficult, but with Kutcher, the show may have hit the jackpot. His proven record on TV and his likeability offer a formidable force. I will certainly be checking it out and hoping that he takes the show to a new level of comedy. And we should all face the fact that the old formula was merely repeating itself anyway; it was time to either move on or change.

    • I loved Kirstie Alley in Cheers much better than Shelley Long. So it can work having someone fresh come in. If he saves Jon Cryer’s job, the kid’s too, well, bravo for taking the chance.

  7. I erally don’t know… I still see Ashton and think “Kelso”. Let’s see if that will do any good here.

  8. I really can’t stand Ashton Kutcher. There are some people that just rub you the wrong way. Kutcher is that for me. The dim boy act might have been funny when he was a boy, but the man is 33 now and still the Peter Pan routine. Yuck.

  9. He is going to end up being Charlies son. Charlie is going to die, Kutcher will show up to the funeral or something stupid and likely inherit his fathers “fortune.” How else could they make this work? He is their long lost brother? That just starts living in the house randomly? With Lorres hatred towards Sheen I am sure his character will be bashed in the premier. What better way to get back at Sheen than simply killing him off? That and a son who shows up simply for the money to try and kick out the uptight dead beat dad that needed to live with his brother even though he is a chiropractor? I like Sheen and it would have been hard replacing him, which is why they did not replace him. The show can still be good depending on how you look at it. I want to see how Kutchers character is crafted into the show.. The tone of the show is going to change dramatically unless they can make him as likable as Charlie while being an asshole and treating women like dumpsters. I will give it a chance. The ratings will drop after the first few episodes. I think people are more interested in seeing where they are going with this rather than being genuinely excited about it continuing without Charlie. Kind of like driving by a car accident or an EMT wheeling a body out on a stretcher. You dont want to see that wreckage but can’t look away and if you are in your car you don’t stop to watch.

  10. He is going to end up being Charlies son. Charlie is going to die, Kutcher will show up to the funeral or something stupid and likely inherit his fathers “fortune.” How else could they make this work? He is their long lost brother? That just starts living in the house randomly? With Lorres hatred towards Sheen I am sure his character will be bashed in the premier. What better way to get back at Sheen than simply killing him off? That and a son who shows up simply for the money to try and kick out the uptight dead beat dad that needed to live with his brother even though he is a chiropractor? I like Sheen and it would have been hard replacing him, which is why they did not replace him. The show can still be good depending on how you look at it. I want to see how Kutchers character is crafted into the show.. The tone of the show is going to change dramatically unless they can make him as likable as Charlie while being an a**hole and treating women like dumpsters. I will give it a chance. The ratings will drop after the first few episodes. I think people are more interested in seeing where they are going with this rather than being genuinely excited about it continuing without Charlie. Kind of like driving by a car accident or an EMT wheeling a body out on a stretcher. You dont want to see that wreckage but can’t look away and if you are in your car you don’t stop to watch.

    Sorry if this posts twice, maybe a moderator will be nice enough to get rid of one? I used the A word in my first posting. Woops

  11. Not sure if this is going to work, but I will check it out. However, they should have casted Ted McGinley to replace Charlie. :P

  12. I know this is an old thread but since sheen has been gone and Kutcher took his place the show has sucked, actually sucked so bad in fact, that they started only airing the old shows with Sheen! And for that, im happy. Kutcher is def. one of those people that i cannot stand for some reason. Hes got this dumbish side and i guess thats what most people like about him.

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