When Chuck Lorre decided to keep Two and a Half Men going after Charlie Sheen’s departure by bringing on Ashton Kutcher, the new star agreed to a one-season contract. Replacing Sheen was a big risk, and quite a few believed that the show would fail in its new form. However, Two and a Half Men continues to perform favorably and thus begins the question: will Kutcher return for another season?
Kutcher has been positive regarding his work on Two and a Half Men. According to TVGuide, Kutcher declared a tentative interest in returning to the CBS sitcom during the TCA Panel earlier today:
“I’m having a lot of fun on the show with these guys and would be interested in coming back if we can work that out…I have a couple features I’m going to do this summer hiatus. Right now I’m looking at it as a hiatus…The deal that we’ve structured for the show was kind of a test…Can we get the show on? Can we get it going? The show is outperforming the numbers from before I was here, so I think that people are responding to it. For me, having a show that people like and people want more of, that will dictate my decision.”
It seems like a strong possibility that Kutcher and the series will return to CBS next fall. But this doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing some changes on the show. On next week’s episode of the show, Kutcher will pioneer a clean-shaved, short-haired appearance as his Internet billionaire character Walden Schmidt. Apparently, this new image will play a part in the episode’s story.
Would you like to see Two and a Half Men continue on with Kutcher at the reins? What do you think the show has in store for its possible tenth season?