I don't think anyone saw this coming. In a late night, last minute deal, and just in time for CBS upfronts next week, Two and a Half Men snagged Ashton Kutcher to fill the gaping, drunken, womanizing hole left by Charlie Sheen. Yeah, big time movie star Kutcher is going the network TV route. Dude, isn't that were you started (on That 70s Show)? Why are you going back? Oh, they're paying $1 million an episode? Oh, well that makes sense.
We're not sure what Kutcher's role will be, but we do know it's a brand new one. Don't worry Men fans, they're not actually replacing Charlie, just adding someone in to offset the off-kilter dynamic now that he's gone. The thing that's rather brilliant about this is that they'll probably snag even more viewers with this switch. The show is already beloved and now, with the Kutcher addition, I think it's safe to say we'll see a few more viewers flocking to that Monday night time slot. Hell, I can't usually sit through an entire Two and a Half Men episode, but I sure love me some Ashton. He's infinitely likable on all fronts and I can't see any way this won't be good for CBS.
Apparently, Charlie Sheen going bananas and pulling the rug out from under Chuck Lorre and friends was the best thing that ever happened to them. Suck on that, Warlock.
Source: Wall Street Journal