Due to the chaotic cast changes, Two and a Half Men is plausibly the most-discussed returning series on network television. Up until recently, details about the removal of Charlie Sheen’s character and the introduction of Ashton Kutcher’s were kept secret. We now know that Charlie Harper (Sheen) will be killed, we know that Walden Schmidt, internet billionaire (Kutcher) will materialize, and we know that Alan (Jon Cryer) and Jake (Angus T. Jones) will do business as usual. Or will they?
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jon Cryer revealed some additional details about the upcoming season and his character, Alan Harper. When Walden Schmidt enters the lives of Alan and Jake, the newcomer is a lonely, broken-hearted eccentric genius without much experience in love. By default, Alan is now the new “experienced ladies man.” Thus, he becomes to Schmidt a sort of tutor in the venue. It sounds a little far-fetched, but Cryer says that is the feeling the show intends to emit; Alan giving anyone advice in romance is recipe for catastrophe, and the show will use this as a new fountain for humor.
Cryer revealed some more details about the new season. Charlie’s death will not be banished from the characters’ conscious after the premiere episode. The show will deal with the passing of the character throughout the season as Alan and Jake deal with it organically. However, Cryer also promises absolutely no sentimentality in regards to the storyline, as that is simply not the show’s forte.
Lastly, Cryer stated that one character (he doesn’t know which) will be institutionalized this season. It seems as though any one of them is up for grabs as a potential candidate: Alan, Jake, Rose, Evelyn… this is actually a long-time coming.
The new season of Two and a Half Men will debut Monday, September 19 at 9 pm.