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First photos of Ashton Kutcher with 'Men' cast

Tweet worthy? Here are the first photos of Ashton Kutcher with his Two and a Half Men castmates on the CBS upfront stage at Carnegie Hall and the after-party’s red carpet. (Not that Kutcher went to the party, mind you; he hit the carpet then scooted.) Everybody’s all smiles… What do you think? Is the idea of Kutcher on this show starting to gel for you? Or is it still weird? READ FULL STORY

Ashton Kutcher takes CBS stage: 'I won the lotto'


Welcome to CBS, Ashton Kutcher: The “actor, producer and social media mogul” was officially introduced by CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler today at the network’s upfront presentation in New York. Kutcher — wearing a very casual beige jacket and slacks – said it was “awesome to be there” and “for some reason they are letting us talk.” (See the first photos of the cast here.)

Kutcher, as well as Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones (both of whom showed up in conservative, dark suits) came out on stage while snapping to the comedy’s theme song. But when Kutcher didn’t get the “men men men” lyrics just right, he quipped, “I’m still learning my lines.”  READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Kimmel mocks ABC, Kutcher, 'X Factor'

Jimmy Kimmel took the stage at ABC’s upfront presentation to advertisers Tuesday and once again skewered his network and rivals in a segment that ad buyers in the audience always enjoy:

ABC’s lineup: “Remember those shows we were so excited about last fall? We cancelled all of them. And yet here you are again. You might have a gambling problem.”

Fox: “Fox is getting ready to debut The X Factor. I think this is the best idea of 2002. It’s like American Idol meets a mirror.” READ FULL STORY

UPDATE: Charlie Sheen reacts to 'Men' hire, Ashton Kutcher responds

UPDATE: After drawing headlines for mocking Ashton Kutcher as the new Two and a Half Men star, Sheen just tweeted a complimentary reversal:

“#Winning Congrats to the cast and crew…CBS & WB..! My best to @aplusk!! [Kutcher's Twitter handle] The show must go on… You got the right guy! c”

Kutcher quickly tweeted back: “#2.5 @charliesheen Thank man. Always been a fan, always will be! BTW you were “born big”

PREVIOUS: Charlie Sheen has something to say about Ashton Kutcher taking his old job. Would you believe it’s not very gracious? READ FULL STORY

Jon Cryer 'jazzed' to work with Ashton Kutcher, 'proud' of Charlie Sheen

Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer says he’s “jazzed” about working with Ashton Kutcher (while, as you’d expect, also saying something nice about his former co-star Charlie Sheen).

Giving a statement to People, Cryer said: “I want to express my enormous gratitude to Charlie Sheen for eight great seasons. I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve done together, and I will miss him. But I’m also looking forward to this new beginning. Ashton is an extraordinarily talented guy, and his presence will be an asset to our show. We are old friends from our male modeling days, and we’re both looking forward to being judged for our comedic artistry, as opposed to our exceptional physical beauty. I’m jazzed about the news this morning that Two and a Half Men is coming back! For all the rest of the cast and crew I’m sure they are equally excited.”

For his part, Sheen also had something to say earlier today about Kutcher taking his old job, but it was a bit less kind.

Official: Ashton Kutcher joins 'Two and a Half Men'

It’s official: Ashton Kutcher has replaced Charlie Sheen as the star of CBS’ Two and a Half Men.

Kutcher joins returning stars Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Holland Taylor, Marin Hinkle and Conchata Ferrell on the top-rated series, which will be back on the air next fall. Production starts this summer.

“I can’t wait to get to work with this ridiculously talented 2.5 team and I believe we can fill the stage with laughter that will echo in viewers’ homes,” said Kutcher in a statement. “I can’t replace Charlie Sheen but I’m going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people!” READ FULL STORY

Ashton Kutcher: The one million dollar man?

It’s not close to Charlie Sheen money but it’s still not a bad payday to take over as a replacement: Ashton Kutcher is reportedly in line to earn nearly $1 million an episode to join Two and a Half Men. It’s not clear whether the salary includes any backend profits from reruns but it’s still hundreds of thousands more than what any A-list star would earn to join a show.

The news, which was reported today in the Wall Street Journal, comes only days after it was revealed that Hugh Grant passed up the chance to take over for Sheen on TV’s No. 1 comedy. It’s unlikely that Warner Bros. TV, which produces the comedy for CBS, will announce the hiring of Kutcher before Wednesday when the network announces its fall lineup to advertisers in New York.

On Thursday, Kutcher playfully seemed to confirm reports on Twitter, giving fans asking him about the reports a wink and tweeting “what’s the square root of 6.25?”

Ashton Kutcher near deal to replace Charlie Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men'

Ashton Kutcher is winning.

The actor is just about set to return to primetime TV as the new star of CBS’ Two and a Half Men, according to multiple reports.

First rumored earlier today as a potential replacement for Charlie Sheen, it would mark his return to the sitcom world where he first broke through on That ’70s Show. Hugh Grant was in talks for the role, and he could have been a great choice, but the Brit dropped out.

Kutcher playfully seemed to confirm reports on Twitter, giving fans asking him about the reports a wink and tweeting “what’s the square root of 6.25?” READ FULL STORY

Ashton Kutcher is latest rumored Charlie Sheen 'Men' replacement

Is Ashton Kutcher taking over for Charlie Sheen, or are we being punk’d?

Kutcher is the latest rumored name to surface as a possible new star of CBS’ Two and a Half Men, says trade publication B&C. CBS and Warner Bros. are hustling to find a suitable big-name comedic star to replace Sheen since the clock is ticking until the network’s upfront presentation to advertisers next week. If Kutcher lands the role, it would mark his return to the sitcom world where he first broke through on That ’70s Show. Hugh Grant was in talks for the role, and he could have been a great choice, but the Brit dropped out. WB, huddled in meetings readying for the upfronts, had no comment.

Hugh Grant was a stammer away from replacing Charlie Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men'

This couldn’t have been what Two and a Half Men fans were anticipating but oh, the missed opportunities here! A source close to the CBS comedy confirmed an online report about how Hugh Grant was thisclose to signing a deal to replace Charlie Sheen. A Brit on the beach! Could have been fun, right?

Just how much Grant would have earned remains a mystery, however. The source added that anyone who’s hired to fill the void on Men won’t be earning a huge payday like Sheen, who made around $2 million an episode before he was canned. Something north of $200,000 — the going rate for big stars on first year shows — seems more likely.

The news about Grant means that Warner Bros. TV, which produces the sitcom for CBS, is definitely serious about going on with the comedy despite the high-profile loss of Sheen. There have been various rumors about possible replacements for Sheen  – Jerry O’ Connell and Jeremy Piven were some more recent names that were floated — but insiders have quietly dismissed the chatter. And there’s always the possibility that Warner Bros. TV could end up plopping down far more than $200k-plus if it means scoring an A-lister like Grant.

Whatever the plan is, time is of the essence: CBS announces its fall lineup to advertisers in New York next Wednesday and it would be nice if the network were able to announce that its Monday tentpole comedy will return in September. CBS already has a deal in place with Warner Bros. for another season of Men. More news as it comes available…


Warner Bros: Charlie Sheen lying about 'Two and a Half Men' talks

Warner Bros. is shooting down Charlie Sheen’s claims that he’s been in talks to return to Two and a Half Men.

In a letter sent to Sheen’s attorney, the studio’s counsel wrote: “Those statements are false. As you know, there have been no discussions, there are no discussions and there will be no discussions, regarding his returning to or having any involvement with the series.”

Earlier this week while out promoting his live show, Sheen said that there’s “been discussions” with the studio about returning to the CBS hit. Who would have ever thought the man behind the Torpedo of Truth might lie? Guess this settles it: Sheen ain’t coming back… and –

UPDATE: Sigh. Sheen’s attorney tells TMZ that WB is the one who’s lying. “There have been discussions as late as Tuesday, and all parties have been involved — Warner Bros., CBS, Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen.”

So these two parties can’t even agree on whether they’ve had a conversation?

Charlie Sheen at Radio City Music Hall: He's not winning anymore. He's losing, big time


So much for out-of-town tryouts. On Friday night, Charlie Sheen brought his Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option tour to New York City, where he delivered an hour-long show to a more-or-less capacity crowd at Radio City Music Hall. There was no warm-up act, and the show has been shorn of bells and whistles, though the hour did include a replay of the overly long parody video of his Andrea Canning interview on 20/20, as if anyone needed to see that YouTube clip one more time. In speaking about the evening, let me not mince words: It was Detroit all over again, an aimless and slovenly disaster, with the crowd taking less than 20 minutes to turn on him. And once they did, the boos and the catcalls just kept slowly escalating. The rumors of a better, more disciplined and lively show that had emerged during the last week out of Chicago and Ohio never came close to materializing. Does Sheen wonder, at this point, what he’s doing wrong? It was obvious that he found the mounting audience hostility at Radio City a little flabbergasting. He jeered at the jeerers, and often seemed to be saying, with a grimace of attitude: Why the hell are you people heckling me if you paid to see me? He didn’t seem to get that the audience was answering back: Because we didn’t want you to suck. READ FULL STORY

'Mike and Molly' gets shot at 'Men' berth

Image credit: Michael Ansell/Warner Bros.

Here’s your chance to shine, Mike and Molly! CBS insiders have hinted they’ll play around with Monday’s lineup until they know whether Two and Half Men will return with original episodes, and that’s exactly what they’ll do on April 11. Chuck Lorre’s other CBS comedy, Mike and Molly, will get the prime 9 p.m. berth — but for one week only. A repeat of Men (because that’s all they’ve got, remember?) will air afterwards.

If CBS is looking at the possibility of moving Molly to 9 come fall, it will want to see if the freshman comedy can hack it in the anchor slot. More than likely, however, the change is due to the network wanting to break up the string of Men repeats.

Still, what if Molly rocks the slot?

Eh, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The episode focuses on Mike “breaking tradition” by inviting Molly (aka a girl, we suppose) to opening day for the Chicago Cubs.

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