In Thursday’s episode of Two and a Half Men, Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) wanders into the local watering hole and picks up a conversation with a dude named Sid Olsen. So who’s the guy behind the old age makeup? Hint: It’s not Tom Skerritt or William H. Macy.
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Chuck Lorre is (sorta) trying to make good with Bachelor producers and fans after making a dig at the show last week.
In an online version of his weekly vanity card, the Two and a Half Men/Big Bang Theory executive producer made an off-hand remark about the ABC reality series while tackling a number of larger political issues in anticipation of the then-upcoming presidential election. “What does it say about us when we think the institution of marriage is threatened by gay people who love each other, but not by idiotic game shows like The Bachelor?” he wrote in part. (Read the full card here, which was censored when it aired after Big Bang Theory.)
After Bachelor Nation took offense (a producer, an ABC exec, and even host Chris Harrison tweeted responses), Lorre used Thursday night’s card to clear the air, saying he was “looking at the show through the tired old eyes of ’60′s feminism” and that “women are now free to do anything they want, and that includes going on a reality show and using all their female wiles to snag Mr. Right.”
Charlie Harper may be gone, but his stalker isn’t!
EW has learned exclusively that Melanie Lynskey will reprise her role as awkward hanger on Rose for two episodes beginning Oct. 25. This time, she sets her sights on Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher).
“I suppose she is never really out of stalker mode,” says Lynskey, who has recurred on the comedy since its first year. “I don’t want her to grow up! I’ve spent most of my career doing independent movies and playing roles that are sort of naturalistic, real women who are struggling. What’s so fun about this job is that I do it a couple of times a year and I get to be this person who exists in a different reality. Just the way she looks at the world is so bizarre. I don’t ever want her to change.”
That said, it still surprises her that the character resonates so much with fans. “I started as a guest star in the pilot, then they asked me to come back because there was something about Rose that people responded to,” recalls Lynskey, who currently co-stars in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. “That always troubled me a little bit!”
Miley Cyrus and her new haircut are joining Two and a Half Men.
CBS made the long-rumored guest spot official with an announcement yesterday and also revealed that Cyrus, who is currently engaged to Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth, will play a love interest for Jake (Angus T. Jones).
Cyrus will appear in two episodes, playing Missi, an old family friend of Walden’s (Ashton Kutcher) who develops a relationship with Jake when he returns from the Army.
Is Charlie Sheen preparing to leave television after his FX show Anger Management succeeds (or fails)?
That’s what the former star of Two and a Half Men told the New York Times on Sunday. Sheen, whose comedy premieres on June 28, said he’s been acting for 30 years and “there’s a lot more out there to do than make-believe, you know?”
“I mean, I’m grateful,” he told the newspaper. “I’ve got a dream life as a direct result of television, you know? But at some point you just get tired of wearing somebody else’s clothes, saying somebody else’s words and working in somebody else’s space. I’m also aware of the fact that you don’t get these kinds of shots in the same lifetime. You’re only supposed to have one hit show, unless you’re Kelsey Grammer.
“When I’m done with this business it’s just going to be about soccer games and amusement parks,” he added, in reference to his children with ex-wives Denise Richards Brooke Mueller. “And when this ends, I’m done. This is my swan song.” READ FULL STORY
With the fall TV schedule now complete (below), we get to step back and take a look at the hellish battleground that broadcast hath wrought. There’s some very tough-to-predict match-ups this fall:*
Tim Allen vs. Whitney Cummings (Fridays, 8-9): “No, my show’s lamer!” ABC and NBC have their low-expectations comedies airing on Fridays this fall, and they might run head-to-head depending on when NBC launches (ABC’s comedies premiere in November). NBC has Whitney and Community and ABC has Last Man Standing and new comedy Malibu Country. (Community fans, if your ass beat by Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin, we have no words for you). At least 9 p.m. shows Shark Tank and Grimm will have half-way decent lead-ins for once. Our prediction: Edge goes to ABC.
Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera: OK, so one this is kind of a cheat. The Voice and X Factor won’t air on the same nights, let along in the same time period. But if you think their lack of head-to-head scheduling will matter to the media, you deserve to be hit, baby, one more time. Everybody will obsess over how these two compare. NBC’s The Voice has the wind at its back, averaging 6.2 in the adult demo this season compared to X Factor‘s 4.4. We all want to see how Spears handles the reality show spotlight, but many wonder if she can pull off being entertaining and analytical. Mark Burnett cast The Voice with big names who are charismatic and have the cojones to criticize a singer. Simon Cowell seems to like big names — who are just big names. Prediction: You can’t hold down Xtina. READ FULL STORY
Even a high-speed collision with a mighty locomotive can’t stop Charlie Sheen, who’s set to return to TV this June on FX’s Anger Management. The second teaser for his new series pokes fun at Sheen’s storied reputation by showing Sheen walking away from a literal train wreck unscathed — then saying, with a smirk, “Come on. Everyone deserves a 24th chance.”
This is the second Anger Management teaser that neglects to include footage from the show itself. FX’s decision to advertise its sitcom this way is a little curious, considering how well Anger tested in a preview screening. Then again, Sheen’s fans likely don’t care about the details of his next series — they just want to see Charlie being Charlie. And on that end, FX’s teasers deliver. Judge for yourself by watching the clip below.
Freshman hit 2 Broke Girls takes over the anchor spot on Mondays while Two and a Half Men moves to Thursdays behind The Big Bang Theory in the new CBS schedule unveiled today in New York. CSI: NY now opens Fridays and The Mentalist moves to Sundays behind The Good Wife.
There was some thought that CBS would go with a two-hour block of comedies on Thursdays but instead the block of Big Bang Theory and Men leads into Person of Interest and the new Sherlock Holmes-like drama Elementary. “We had the guns to go to four comedies,” admits CBS head of scheduling Kelly Kahl. “This is simply the way the schedule felt strongest and looked best to us.”
Here it is:
|CBS||HIMYM||Partners||2 Broke Girls||Mike & Molly||Hawaii Five-O|
|FOX||Bones||The Mob Doctor|
|ABC||Dancing with the Stars||Castle|
|CBS||NCIS||NCIS: Los Angeles||Vegas|
|NBC||The Voice||Go On||The New Normal||Parenthood|
|FOX||Raising Hope||Ben and Kate||New Girl||The Mindy Project|
|ABC||Dancing with the Stars the Results Show||Happy Endings||Don’t Trust the B—||Private Practice|
|CW||Hart of Dixie||Emily Owens, M.D.|
|CBS||Survivor: Philippines||Criminal Minds||CSI|
|NBC||Animal Practice||Guys with Kids||Law & Order: SVU||Chicago Fire|
|FOX||The X Factor|
|ABC||The Middle||Suburgatory||Modern Family||The Neighbors||Nashville|
|CBS||The Big Bang Theory||Two and a Half Men||Person of Interest||Elementary|
|NBC||30 Rock||Up All Night||The Office||Parks and Recreation||Rock Center with
|FOX||The X Factor Results||Glee|
|ABC||Last Resort||Grey’s Anatomy||Scandal|
|CW||The Vampire Diaries||Beauty and the Beast|
|CBS||CSI: NY||Made in Jersey||Blue Bloods|
|ABC||Shark Tank / Last Man Standing, Malibu Country||Primetime: What Would You Do?||20/20|
|CW||America’s Next Top Model||Nikita|
|CBS||The Amazing Race||The Good Wife||The Mentalist|
|NBC||Football Night in America||The Celebrity Apprentice||Do No Harm|
|FOX||The Simpsons||Bob’s Burgers||Family Guy||American Dad|
|ABC||Once Upon a Time||Revenge||666 Park Avenue|
|KEY: ABC: PINK | CBS: BLUE | FOX: ORANGE | NBC: GREEN | CW: PURPLE Note: New shows highlighted in red | NT: New Time Slot|
In addition, CBS will bow a new drama called Golden Boy in midseason that tracks one cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective to police commissioner. There is also a new comedy called Friend Me, about twentysomething best friends, Evan and Rob, who move from their hometown of Bloomington, Ind., to Los Angeles to begin their exciting new lives working at GroupOn.
Undercover Boss will be back, too, as well as a new Mark Burnett show called The Job. It’s a competition that leads to a dream job.
No ruling yet, however, on whether Rules of Engagement will return.
Surprise: NBC’s America’s Got Talent premiered lower in the ratings this year despite the high-profile addition of Howard Stern as the show’s new judge.
Monday’s two-hour Got Talent returned to 10.3 million viewers and a 3.6 rating, down 16 percent from last year. EW’s Ken Tucker suggested Stern’s performance was almost too nice.
Before everybody points fingers at Stern, however, here’s a big mitigating factor: Last year Got Talent premiered at the very end of May and was paired with The Voice. This year, Got Talent faced a full boat of competition from rival networks, so the talent competition might have returned lower in the ratings due to the scheduling change. NBC points out last night’s rating matches Got Talent‘s performance two years ago. At 10 p.m., NBC’s Smash (6.1 million, 1.8) finale was steady. [NBC, ABC and Fox's 2012-13 fall schedules posted here]. READ FULL STORY
As expected, CBS has renewed Two and a Half Men for the fall season.
Warner Bros. TV, which produces the hit sitcom for CBS, has already inked deals with stars Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer, and Angus T. Jones.
Men wraps its ninth season this month. It is averaging 15.0 million viewers, up 13 percent from last season, and a 5.2/13 in adults 18-49, up 27 percent.
Men is CBS’s fifth comedy and 19th series to be renewed for next season.
Each year, the month of May brings the promise of warmer weather, the start of big summer movies…and the torturous, agonizing time when we have to bid farewell to our favorite primetime characters. TV addicts that we are, we feel your pain. So to curb the stress, we’ve put together a master list of when your beloved shows will be signing off. Grab your remotes and ready those DVRs as we present this year’s finales: READ FULL STORY
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