Two and a Half Men‘s isn’t going quietly: The longest-running comedy on broadcast TV will conclude its run with a final season storyline that deals with gay adoption—sort of—and possibly marriage.
CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler gave some reporters the scoop after her executive session panel at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills Thursday. In the show’s 12th and final season, Walden (Ashton Kutcher) is going to have a major health scare that leads him to an “existential crisis” that causes the young playboy to want to “add more meaning to his life.”
So he decides to adopt a child. “He starts the [adoption] process and realizes it’s very difficult to adopt the child as a single straight man. So, once and for all, he decides he’s going to propose to Alan [Jon Cryer]—they’re going to adopt a child as a ‘gay’ couple,” Tassler said.
One reporter asked if CBS was concerned that the LGBT community might have an issue with the storyline (which somewhat resembles the 2007 Adam Sandler and Kevin James film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry). “I think it’s a very positive statement [to say] ‘I am going to adopt a child as a gay couple,'” Tassler said. “The reality is he can do that. And at one point you couldn’t do that, and now you can do that, so I think that’s a much more positive statement.”
Tassler was also asked if former co-star Charlie Sheen might make a return appearance in the final season. The executive replied, “We’re not having those conversations right now.” (Sure, Sheen’s character is dead—but why should that stop Men? After all, his ghost’s already made an appearance.)