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
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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.
Jon Cryer reveals 'Men' details: Alan is Ashton's love mentor, Charlie's death addressed all season -- EXCLUSIVE
Things are pretty different on Two and a Half Men this fall — both on the hit series and behind the scenes — and EW has some fresh intel about the newly top-secret comedy: Jon Cryer’s character Alan Harper will now be the experienced ladies man on the show. Charlie Sheen’s character not only dies in the much-discussed premiere, but his absence will be dealt with throughout the entire season. New hire Ashton Kutcher (who plays Walden Schmidt, a brokenhearted billionaire) is helping keep stress levels low off-camera by providing the Men crew with access to his decked-out party trailer and massage therapist. And all the while, the comedy’s storylines are suddenly under guard like on a Christopher Nolan thriller, with studio-audience members signing nondisclosure agreements and actors getting watermarked scripts.
Below, the Emmy nominee gives his first (and quite funny) in-depth must-read interview about all the changes on the new Two and a Half Men:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So how are things going on that certain CBS sitcom that’s been getting so many headlines this past year?
JON CRYER: You’re talking, of course, about The Big Bang Theory. No, things are going great. Working with Ashton is a blast. Audiences have been going nuts for him. He’s clearly a guy who missed doing sitcoms quite a bit. He just lights up on show night. It’s a lot of fun for he and I because we have to discover what works between us, and he’s game for anything. There’s already — lines have been crossed already that probably never should have been crossed, as you’ll see in the first episode.
Ashton Kutcher showed on up on Late Show with David Letterman for his appearance tonight in his “anti-fatwa” gear, poking fun at the jihadist death threat against the talk-show host. “You can’t be too careful sitting next to a guy with a fatwa,” Kutcher said.
Then Kutcher discussed his new role on Two and a Half Men and agreed with a strong prediction about its chances for success. “From the beginning, I said this was a tremendous combination,” Letterman said of Kutcher’s casting on the long-running comedy. “It’s going to go through he roof.”
“I think it’s going to go through the roof,” Kutcher agreed. “I’ve been laughing really hard.” Here’s a video preview: READ FULL STORY
Jon Cryer is bored with all of his Emmy nominations!
Not really, but the funny man from Two and a Half Men made a crack about his sixth consecutive Emmy nod on a Los Angeles TV station Tuesday by saying he’s become one of those actors who forgot about the nominations. “This year was a total surprise,” Cryer told the anchors on KTLA. “I don’t know if you heard but some weird stuff went down on this show this year.”
Speaking of which, Cryer acknowledged there are some weird stories circulating about how Charlie Sheen’s absence is addressed in the season premiere on Sept. 19, but he assures fans that it doesn’t happen as the result of some combustible catastrophe. “There is no meat explosion,” he said, in reference to one particularly strange rumor floating about the much-anticipated episode. “I don’t want Americans to be afraid of the meat. It’s not some entrée that ends disastrously. I’m not allowed to say much about it.”
Strangely, the firing of Sheen brought clarity to the cast and crew, Cryer said. “My perspective has been great through all of this. For many fans of the show, [Sheen's departure] meant a great deal, and that’s important to us. It was an awful thing to be a part of, and I’m glad that some measure of peace has come out of all of it. I never want to go through it again.”
As expected, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler was hammered with plenty of questions today regarding the big changes on Two and A Half Men and what, if anything, she learned from the firestorm that resulted in the high-profile departure of Charlie Sheen.
“Oh where do I begin?” she told reporters at a CBS press conference at the Beverly Hilton. “What we learned is that we have an extraordinary cast. I was just at the table read, We have extraordinary writers, extraordinary actors and there is great value in hiring an actor like Ashton Kutcher. He is extra professional, a funny, talented gifted actor who comes with a tremendout amount of commitment and enthusiasm. What I’ve learn is the show is brilliantly written, extraordinarily produced and that you have an opportunity moving forward to create an exciting new character and deliver a great show.” READ FULL STORY
Oh boy, the first episode of Two and A Half Men could be a doozy. After rumors swirled online that creator Chuck Lorre could kill off Charlie Sheen’s character to make way for Ashton Kutcher, Deadline is now reporting that a funeral is, indeed, in the works for the comedy’s ninth season premiere on Sept. 19. The not-so dearly departed? Sheen’s Charlie Harper, of course. READ FULL STORY
Here’s CBS’ latest Two and a Half Men publicity shot, taking an image from the show’s traditional red curtain opening, only Ashton Kutcher stepping up to the microphone instead of Charlie Sheen. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
Teasing “All Will Be Revealed” during its season premiere, Two and a Half Men launched a new teaser campaign that shows Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones and Ashton Kutcher seemingly naked holding up a their launch date. Effective? Sure, it plays off the curiosity around the recast show and hints at characteristic Men raunchy humor. Though we don’t want to speculate what Cryer is frowning at… READ FULL STORY
Regrettably, the studio behind Two and a Half Men had no comment about a report suggesting that Charlie Harper — a.k.a. the hedonistic character played by Charlie Sheen — will be killed off in the premiere episode of the CBS comedy this fall to make way for the introduction of Ashton Kutcher. (Specifically, Charlie may drive his car off of a cliff.)
Though TMZ hedges that the “first script isn’t locked” and that creator Chuck Lorre “often makes changes until close to taping,” it’s entirely possible that Men will want to wipe the slate clean. Nothing says good riddance to an ugly chapter in a show’s life than offing a character for good. READ FULL STORY
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