Ashton Kutcher’s ‘Two and a Half Men’ Deal is Only For One Year

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 10:04 pm,

When CBS pulled Ashton Kutcher on stage for the network’s upfront presentation, announcing him as the new star of the number one rated sitcom Two and a Half Men, the belief seemed to be the actor would be around as long as the show was.

Today comes news that Kutcher’s time may be far shorter than anyone had presumed.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the much-ballyhooed contract between Kutcher and CBS only entitles the network to the star’s services for one season – or entitles the star to the network’s money (upwards of $20 million) for one season, depending on your perspective.

While there are likely many reasons for the deal being structured in the limited way that it is, one solid reason is immediately clear: Two and a Half Men only has one more year under contract with CBS. That may sound as if the network is admitting the end is nigh for the show, but many people close to the program insist (if things work out) the network is interested in keeping their beloved sitcom around for at least two or three more years.

You didn’t think that after all CBS and Warner Bros. have been through over the last year they would simply let Two and a Half Men fade into the annals of history, did you?

Though it is purely speculative at this point to suggest Kutcher or CBS wouldn’t want to continue with such a potentially lucrative venture, the simple fact of the matter is the former star of That ‘70s Show is untested in the role, and (perhaps more importantly) the network is more than a little hand-shy. Kutcher’s deal provides the actor the opportunity to say ‘no thank you’ to another $20 million (or more) payday while also giving the network piece of mind that, if for any reason, they want to move forward with yet another actor – they won’t end up in an additional public brawl with their leading man.

Financially speaking, $20 million for Kutcher is a bargain – especially in comparison to what the network reportedly offered Hugh Grant. Given that Two and a Half Men has proven to be a major cash-cow, CBS knows if the actor proves successful, and maintains the high ratings that flailing star Charlie Sheen was credited with, the network will have some serious negotiations in store for any future seasons. Based on the reported $1.8 million an episode Sheen was bringing in, it looks like the network may have some room to work if they intend to ask Kutcher to extend his stay.

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Two and a Half Men with Ashton Kutcher will air Monday nights @9pm this fall on CBS.

Source: TV Guide, The Wall Street Journal

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  1. I think CBS should have picked Neil Patrick Harris to replace Sheen.

    • That is an idea, but it probably wouldn’t work, because Neil Patrick Harris already has a contract with How I Met Your Mother.

  2. I think its doomed no matter what

  3. After all the Lorre vs Sheen saga & the effort taken just to hire Kutcher, I doubt the show will be over after just 1 season. Perhaps if ratings dont do well, then that’s a different story.

  4. I’ve only seen one or two episodes of the show (the comedy just doesn’t hit for me) but now I’m actually interested in watching the upcoming season.

  5. Just get Charlie Sheen back I love the show but without Sheen it will fail!!! Sheen is the only reason people toon in!!!

  6. I loved Charlie also, but I do think with the right leading character it will still be a great show. Lets face it, who would want any of the main characters replaced even if Charlie were still there. I absolutely love Berta, Rose, Jake, alan and good ol mom. I’m not sure going with Ashton as Billionaire character is believable though. I do like Ashton very much. Someone mentioned Hugh Grant, he is great also and could definitly play the good ol bad boy too. I would have brought in a unknown stepbrother no one new about from somewhere. With their family history it would have been perfect. But they can still do that if this doesn’t work out, I am hoping they kill Charlie off in a way that he could come back if he cleans up his act and he and Lorre work it out. I love the show and plan to give it a chance. Good luck to the whole cast. Can’t wait. By the way I know Charlie has been a serious problem, but I really can’t stand Lorre the man, but he is a great writer. I do wish he would stop his stupid vanity cards.

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  8. the network should have gone with Matt LeBlanc….maybe he still got the “Joey Tribbiani” in him….how u doin????

    • I like the show with Charlie. Never watch it with Kutcher.
      Is there another charlie out there??????

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