The hype over Ashton Kutcher and Two and A Half Men has finally settled down and the ratings are starting to show it: The sitcom posted a 5.8 rating/13 share and 15.8 million viewers on Monday — down 7% to its lowest rated episode this season, according to early results. But hey, the competition should be so lucky to report such “dips” in the ratings: CBS still won the night in the key 18-49 demo (3.9/9), even though all of its comedies — and one drama — posted season lows. How I Met Your Mother earned a 3.9/11 and 8.9 million, followed by 2 Broke Girls (4.2/10, 10.5 million), Mike & Molly (4.0/9, 11.7 million) and Hawaii Five-0 (2.6/6, 9.7 million). READ FULL STORY
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Less than eight minutes into the second episode of Two and a Half Men, Ashton Kutcher — as the internet billionaire Walden Schmidt — is seen lounging on the couch with his laptop open, annoying the crap out of his ex on the phone. But it’s not the conversation that is significant (though his yuk about using baby shampoo is pretty funny). It’s his laptop: Stuck to the top of his computer are a series of bright-colored decals touting specific companies, including ones favored by the actor himself.
Turns out the stickers represent a bunch of companies that Kutcher has a financial stake in — including Foursquare, Hipmunk, Flipboard and GroupMe, as reported by Variety. Another decal touts the company Chegg, which Kutcher isn’t personally invested in but receives social-media help from the actor’s production company, Katalyst. Look who’s winning now! READ FULL STORY
It’s finally and officially over: Charlie Sheen and Warner Bros. TV have settled their differences.
The studio that produces Two and a Half Men just released this statement: “Warner Bros. TV, Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen have resolved their dispute to the parties’ mutual satisfaction. The pending lawsuit and arbitration will be dismissed as to all parties. The parties have agreed to maintain confidentiality over the terms of the settlement.”
The payout to Sheen wasn’t disclosed, though some publications have speculated it to be as high as $25 million.
Warner Bros. TV pink-slipped the actor last winter after he publicly derided Men creator Chuck Lorre. Sheen fought back in March by filing a $100 million suit demanding payment for unproduced episodes and compensation for the crew while claiming the studio “wrongfully attributed the suspension of the series and termination of Mr. Sheen’s contract on Mr. Sheen’s alleged statements, conduct, and condition, despite the fact that Mr. Sheen is in compliance with his contract.”
At the 63rd Annual Emmys earlier this month, Sheen seemed to indicate that a settlement was on the horizon after making an unexpected appearance to say ”I want to take a moment to get something off my chest and say a few words to everybody at Two and a Half Men. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television.”
Sheen is focused on developing a new sitcom called Anger Management with Lionsgate TV and veteran TV scribe Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show).
Two and a Half Men may have found a way to build upon its stellar premiere week ratings: Alcide is coming to Malibu!
EW has learned exclusively that True Blood star Joe Manganiello will make an appearance in the Oct. 24 episode of the CBS comedy. He’ll play the smoldering hot boyfriend (as if he could play anything less) of Bridget, the ex-wife of Walden (Ashton Kutcher). Bridget will be portrayed by Judy Greer, who makes her first appearance on Monday.
Manganiello just wrapped his fourth season of True Blood but he’s definitely staying ripped for other, um, important endeavors: EW already reported exclusively that he will play Big Dick Richie in Steven Soderbergh’s movie about male strippers. He’s also set to star opposite his old school chum Matt Bomer in an episode of USA’s White Collar that will air in January.
It’s been an interesting year for Charlie Sheen. From getting fired from his gig on Two and a Half Men to flooding Twitter with non-sensical ramblings (#winning anyone?), and most recently, appearing on the Emmys to wish his old co-stars good luck, he’s had his share of ups and downs. And tonight, he got called out for them.
Comedians Seth MacFarlane, Jon Lovitz, Jeffrey Ross and Mike Tyson (?), among others, were all on-hand for Sheen’s sometimes brutal Comedy Central roast, which aired shortly after his character’s mock funeral on Two and a Half Men (poetic timing much?).
Charlie Sheen’s seemingly cold-sober, warlock-free round of humble media interviews continues this morning with his appearance on NBC’s Today show, where he told Matt Lauer he’d be up for a guest appearance on Two and a Half Men.
Wait. What? You mean the show in which his character dies in the upcoming season premiere?
Prompted by Lauer that he should do an “amazing guest appearance” on the comedy hit, Sheen said: READ FULL STORY
Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer has remained relatively silent during this exciting Charlie Sheen year (with the notable exception of a self-deprecating appearance on Conan.) But on today’s edition of Ellen, the actor discusses his perspective on the controversy that nearly ended his show. In a promo for the episode, Cryer explains that Men wasn’t the first thing on his mind during the crisis: “I was worried that Charlie was going to die.” Host Ellen Degeneres helpfully notes that Cryer was “so gracious” at a time when Sheen was publicly calling Cryer “a troll.” Cryer sounds almost apologetic about the whole incident, explaining: “It was in the heat of the moment I imagine when he said it. So I did not put a whole lot of credence in it at the time.” The two actors have not spoken since Sheen left the Two and a Half Men set last season. Check out the promo: READ FULL STORY
Alan’s ex-girlfriend is coming back.
Courtney Thorne-Smith is set to reprise her role on CBS’ Two and a Half Men in the highly anticipated ninth season.
The former Ally McBeal and Melrose Place star previously had a 10-episode arc on the show as Lyndsey McElroy, a love interest for Jon Cryer’s character Alan Harper. Lyndsey was introduced at the end of the seventh season last year, with Alan landing a model-esque ideal woman instead of Charlie. Thorne-Smith continued on the show through last fall, but then things went south between the couple (in one memorable episode, Alan accidentally burned down her house). Thorne-Smith’s last episode was in January, after Alan became convinced Lyndsey was secretly dating Charlie. READ FULL STORY
Ashton Kutcher’s ex-wife is none other than Kitty Sanchez.
Judy Greer has been cast in CBS’ revamped Two and a Half Men, playing the wife of Kutcher’s character Walden Schmidt. Greer was George Bluth Sr.’s loyal assistant in Arrested, does the voice of the airy nympho Cheryl on FX’s Archer, and will play a recurring character on Men.
On the revamped Men, Schmidt and his wife break up, leaving him distraught. He buys Charlie Harper’s beach pad and convinces Alan and Jake to stay there with him, with Alan serving as his love mentor. More breaking details about the new Men format in EW’s in-depth Q&A with Jon Cryer here.
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