On Wednesday, CBS bellowed the very announcement that so many of us high-minded television viewers had been waiting years to hear: Two and a Half Men would finally be coming to an end, following its upcoming twelfth season (via Deadline). For more than a decade now, the Chuck Lorre sitcom has represented to our fair, noble, completely infallible community a ravenous black hole that was eating up time slots, viewership, and funding that might otherwise go to sitcoms of wit and emotional merit. In fact, throughout Two and a Half Men's dozen-year run, CBS has given the axe to a legion of comedies that were indisputably far better to the Sheen/Cryer/Kutcher phenomenon. All of them more worthy of the network's love than Two and a Half Men, we're running through the ill-fated half-hour series that suffered cancelation while Duckie and his revolving door of brother figures reigned supreme. Check out the list of undeniably superior series below, and join in our outrage that these gems didn't get their fair chance.
$#*! My Dad Says
Canceled after how long? 18 episodes.Was it good? Well, no.Was it better than Two and a Half Men, though? Sure! Probably. A little.
Accidentally on Purpose
Canceled after how long? 18 episodes.Was it good? Eh, no.Was it better than Two and a Half Men, though? Yeah!
Canceled after how long? 11 episodes.Was it good? No...Was it better than Two and a Half Men, though? I mean, you know. It's a baby. Babies are cute.
Canceled after how long? Six seasons.Was it good? Yes!Great! So, better than Two and a Half Men? You'd becker believe it.What? Nothing.
Canceled after how long? 19 episodes.Was it good? It was fine.Better than Two and a Half Men? You get an A+ for that assessment!Stop. Okay.
Center of the Universe
Canceled after how long? 10 episodes.Was it good? Not really, but you know what was good? Andy Richter Controls the Universe. That's what I first thought this was when I read the title.Well, was it better than Two and a Half Men? Which one, Andy Richter? Absolutely. Oh, you mean this one? Yeah, sure.
Canceled after how long? Two episodes.Was it good? See above.Okay, but was it better than Two and a Half Men? I mean... at least it was about something (it was a satire about homophobia in the political sphere).So yes? Let's go with yes.
Canceled after how long? Eight episodes.Was it good? Well, if you liked Dharma & Greg, but you... oh, you didn't like Dharma & Greg? Well... if you liked that one scene in Can't Hardly Wait...So wait, was it better than Two and a Half Men? It was.
The Crazy Ones
Canceled after how long? 22 episodes.Was it good? It wasn't terrible.So it was better than Two and a Half Men? Yes.
Canceled after how long? Two seasons.Was it good? Watchable!Better than Two and a Half Men, I take it? Indeed.
How to Be a Gentleman
Canceled after how long? Two episodes.Was it good? God no.Was it better than Two and a Half Men, though? Okay, I'm really, really trying to prove a point here...
Canceled after how long? 22 episodes.Was it good? Not quite.Was it better than Two and a Half Men, though? At the very least, it wins for the Jason Alexander factor.
Canceled after how long? Eight episodes.Was it good? Yes!Better than Two and a Half Men, then? Sincerely!
Canceled after how long? 13 episodes.Was it good? It was okay!Better than Two and a Half Men, I assume? Yeah!
My Big Fat Greek Life
Canceled after how long? Seven episodes.Was it good? It was very much not.Was it better than Two and a Half Men, though? Objectively speaking, yes.
The New Adventures of Old Christine
Canceled after how long? Four seasons.Was it good? Yes! I mean, not great... but you know, good. It was good.Better than Two and a Half Men? It was better than Two and a Half Men, yes.
Out of Practice
Canceled after how long? 22 episodes.Was it good? We'll give it this: it had some funny people in it.So, better than Two and a Half Men, then? You're gonna tell me that a show with Henry Winkler, Ty Burrell, and Stockard Channing isn't better than Two and a Half Men? You're gonna stand here and tell me that?
Canceled after how long? 13 episodes.Was it good? Try "regrettable."Wow! But was it better than Two and a Half Men? ...yes.
Canceled after how long? Eight episodes.Was it good? Don't....Um, so, was it better than Two and a Half Men? Please, seriously, don't....But we really need — JUST DON'T.
Rules of Engagement
Canceled after how long? Seven seasons.Was it good? It was run-of-the-mill. Potently run-of-the-mill.Better than Two and a Half Men? Leagues.
Canceled after how long? Four seasons.Was it good? I remember laughing!Better than Two and a Half Men? For sure.
Canceled after how long? Three episodes.Was it good? I've got to be honest with you, I have no memory of this existing.Hm, okay. So do you think it might have been better than Two and a Half Men? I'd bet my soul on it.
We Are Men
Canceled after how long? Three episodes.Was it good? You know, "good" is such a relative term...Any chance it was better than Two and a Half Men? Really, who are we to say what's "better" or "worse" than anything else in this world?
Welcome to the Captain
Canceled after how long? Five episodes.Was it good? Was it ever!You didn't answer the question. It was not.Better than Two and a Half Men? You know what? I'm going to let you decide this one.
Canceled after how long? 16 episodes.Was it good? It should have been called Best Week! Because this show was the best!Are you lying? I might be.Was this show better than Two and a Half Men? Some schools of thought would deem it so, yes.
Canceled after how long? Six seasons.Was it good? You know what, it was totally acceptable!Ah, good. So definitely better than Two and a Half Men? DEFINITELY. Can we end here?Yes, we're out of shows. Oh thank God.
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Two And A Half Men star Jon Cryer has landed a deal to write a tell-all memoir. The actor has promised to tell fans everything about his breakthrough role as Duckie in 1986 movie Pretty in Pink to his portrayal of Alan Harper in hit sitcom Two And A Half Men, including his time with controversial former co-star Charlie Sheen.
In a statement, the star jokes, "In these times of truly global crisis when fear is outracing hope, I think we can all be grateful that the guy who played Duckie in Pretty in Pink is writing a book. It'll be filled with just what you'd expect from me; juicy tidbits on international monetary policy, catty comments regarding agriculture in Central Asia and of course, forbidden anecdotes about stamp collecting. And maybe I'll talk about Charlie Sheen."
The tome will be released next spring (15).
Legendary soul star Diana Ross is set to receive the Ella Fitzgerald Award this summer (14) when she makes her debut as a headliner at the Montreal Jazz Festival in Quebec, Canada. The I'm Coming Out hitmaker, who will turn 70 later this month (Mar14), will be honoured for her repertoire, range and versatility at the 35th annual event as she marks her 55th year in the music industry.
Rufus Wainwright, Michael Buble, Bobby McFerrin and Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite will also join Ross on the bill.
The Montreal Jazz Festival will take place from 26 June to 6 July (14).
Singer Dave Matthews has teamed up with Jakob Dylan to form a new band named the Nauts. The group, which also includes Bob Dylan guitarist Charlie Sexton, his brother Bill and drummer Brady Blade, formed out of a project Blade organised to bring different musicians together for a jam session, according to Mixonline.com.
The Nauts are now working on their self-produced album and will reportedly make their onstage debut at the next Unscene! concert, which takes place each month in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Double Trouble's Tony Franklin, bassist Roy Harper, vocalist Noah Hunt and pianist Riley Osborne are also working on the Nauts album.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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It’s hard to believe there is actual innovation happening on television. There are constant remakes like Ironside or abuse of the public domain with shows like Sleepy Hollow and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. However, a few seemingly random shows have managed to sneak through and change the face of television.
Here are some series that have created their own new genres.
Super Fun Night
Rebel Wilson is a genius. She has an understanding of comedy and entertainment few people can dare to grasp. She found success in America with Pitch Perfect and her small role in Bridesmaids. In Australia, she wrote and starred in her own series Bogan Pride. Her new show Super Fun Night focuses on the sadness and pathos of a group of single, socially awkward girls. Despite that downer, these gals have great spirit, good morals and strong bonds of friendship. This pathomedy or Sad-com is unique. It may not win over American audiences but it does allow room for the future for different types of characters like the "best friend" or "wacky neighbor" to be the lead of a television series.
Say what you will about Lena Dunham. Some believe she’s a shamelessly nude, entitled hack and others see her as the mouthpiece of her generation. Regardless of how you feel about her, she has created a whole new genre - the home theater of the grotesque. Even if you hate Girls, you can’t deny that it has created room in television to take it to the limit and break all the rules. Whether it show people doing lines of coke off toilet seats, eardrums ruptured with Q-tips, or Dunham’s breasts, nothing is too much for this series. This brazen honesty has trickled into the mainstream and allowed shows to delve into dark and uncomfortable places and still be funny.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy was witty and chock full of action. It blended punchy dialogue with an evolving, twisting plot that developed over the series with Buffy eventually defeating "The Big Bad." This series has created the teen hero saga. You take a socially awkward or disenfranchised teen, give them something that sets them apart from their peers but makes them able to save lives, then set them up against a mysterious enemy for 22 episodes. It has changed the face of The CW’s line-up and influenced series like Veronica Mars, Smallville, The Vampire Diaries and The Tomorrow People.
Honorable Mention: The musical episode of Buffy, "Once More with Feeling," also reinvigorated attempts at musical television. Before this episode, Cop Rock was one of the only shows to try its hand at a musical TV series. Shows like Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother went on to have musical episodes. Buffy also set the stage for musical TV series like Glee and Smash.
Seinfeld will be forever remembered as "a show about nothing." Many people scoff at the series finale finding the four leads in prison. What they don’t realize is that the four main characters were self-centered, rutheless and generally bad people. This spawned the Despicable We genre. The entire cast is filled with generally unlikable characters that get into awkward and zany hi-jinks. This helped lead to the success of shows like Will & Grace with their constant insults and self-absorbed issues. It also reached a crescendo in Don't Trust The B**ch in Apartment 23, where Krysten Ritter shone as one of the most likeable, yet despicable, characters on television.
Two & A Half Men
Chuck Lorre seems obsessed with addiction. Two and a Half Men started with the mother of all addicts, Charlie Sheen, playing Charlie Harper, a heavy-drinking, sex-addicted lothario, taking in his high-strung brother and precocious nephew. It became a huge metaphor for life with an alcoholic. His follow-up Mike & Molly began with two characters finding love at a Overeaters Anonymous meeting. The new series Mom finds a mother (Allison Janney) and daughter (Anna Faris) going to Alcoholics Anonymous. This series also made room for a show like Go On, about grief-counseling, to get on the air.
Golden Girls influenced every show featuring four female leads in the nearly 30 years since it premiered in 1985. It was a show about four aged women but manages to resonate with people of all ages. It created a new genre of the quartet comedy. Now ever series with four female leads seems to have the snarky leader, the slutty one, the innocent one and the outspoken one. It influenced shows like Sex and the City, Hot in Clevleand, and even Girls.
Actress Amber Tamblyn has been given a big TV boost - her lesbian character in hit sitcom Two And A Half Men has become a regular. The former House star joined the show for a five-episode stint, portraying the long lost daughter of late character Charlie Harper - and now she has been promoted to ex-castmate Angus T. Jones' full-time replacement.
Jones, 19, quit the show to attend college.
Former TV Wonder Woman Lynda Carter is heading back to the small screen to join the cast of Two And A Half Men. The actress will play "a version of herself" in the upcoming 11th season of the sitcom.
Carter won't be the only new face on the show this season - actress Amber Tamblyn has joined the cast as the lesbian daughter of deceased character Charlie Harper, who was played by Charlie Sheen.
Tamblyn will replace Angus T. Jones as a regular on the show. Jones quit at the end of the last season after growing tired of his own TV celebrity.
Teen actor Angus T. Jones walked away from his lucrative role on hit U.S. sitcom Two And A Half Men to pursue a higher education, according to his co-star Ashton Kutcher. The 19 year old rose to fame as Jake Harper, the nephew of original lead actor Charlie Sheen's character, when he was just 10, but he stepped down as a show regular earlier this year (13), just months after he apologised to programme bosses for branding the comedy "filth" and urging viewers to turn it off in a testimonial video for the religious organisation Forerunner Chronicles.
Reports suggested Jones' exit from the programme was linked to his controversial comments, but now Kutcher, who replaced Sheen as the main star in 2011, insists the youngster simply wanted to attend college like a "normal kid".
He says, "Angus has been on the show his entire childhood and last year, he's like, 'Man, I really want to go to college and be a normal kid.' I was like, 'Angus, please come back, do one more year and then go to college', and so he came back last year and this year he decided he really wanted to go to college, so he's going to go off to college."
Jones, who is said to have banked $6 million (£4 million) a year on the show, has yet to speak out about his departure from Two and a Half Men, but Kutcher is hoping he will still make guest appearances in the near future.
He adds, "(Jones' character) went off to the military last year and so he's off fighting wars on behalf of the United States government... Maybe we could get him to Skype in or something... I don't know how they (writers) are gonna do it."
Actress Amber Tamblyn has since been cast as Jones' replacement and will star as his character's lesbian cousin.
Actress Amber Tamblyn has signed on to play Charlie Sheen's lesbian daughter in the new season of hit TV comedy Two And A Half Men. The former House star will replace Angus T. Jones as a regular on the show.
Jon Cryer's Alan Harper will discover her character, Jenny, is his long-lost niece - the illegitimate daughter of his late brother, who moved to Los Angeles to become an actress.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Tamblyn's character will appear in at least five upcoming episodes of the TV show, with an option to become an official series regular.