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Two and a Half Men: Ashton Kutcher to Replace Charlie Sheen

Two and a Half Men Ashton KutcherHave CBS and Warner Bros. just been punk’d? Actor and producer Ashton Kutcher has signed a deal to join the cast of Two and a Half Men. The news comes after months of speculation about who would replace Charlie Sheen on the most popular sitcom in primetime television.

Though the casting of Kutcher isn’t as bold a choice as Hugh Grant might have been, he does have impressive credentials. He has experience shooting a multi-camera sitcom since he spent seven seasons as a series regular on FOX’s That 70s Show, from 1998 to 2005. He’s got solid comedic timing and is familiar with the week-to-week schedule.

Kutcher’s an experienced producer (Punk’d, Beauty and the Geek, The Real Wedding Crashers, Opportunity Knocks) and has a good professional reputation in the industry. That should be a welcome change for executive producer Chuck Lorre who was tired of butting heads with Sheen for so long.

Though Kutcher’s movie career has certainly cooled, many still flock to his romantic comedies and his casting could bring new female viewers to the series. He also has 6.5 million Twitter followers and, as Deadline points out, that’s more than watched the repeat of Two and a Half Men this week.

Kutcher teased his Twitter followers last night, writing, “what’s the square root of 6.25?” The answer is 2.5.

What do you think? Is Kutcher a good replacement? What should his role be — a relative that comes to stay that Alan can’t get rid of? Will you tune in to see how they handle the change?

 

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cheryl May 21, 2011 at 9:28 am

My prediction is they will bring Ashton in as a long lost brother. (from an afffair his mother had) . I doubt the could pull off that Ashton is Charlie’s son. I think they will say Charlie moved to London and married Rose. I think they will bring in Judith’s daughter who will be around 5 or so. I don’t think Jake will have as large of a role as he did because he is getting too old.

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cheryl May 21, 2011 at 9:19 am

Eveyone has preferences. Personally I think Two and a Half Men was hilarious. Not because of Charlie Sheen but because of Jake, Berta and Rose. I did feel last season was boring with Chelsea. We will see how the replacement changes the show. I am going to give it a chance.

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Kat May 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Ashton Kutcher can make any show funny, not that I watched Two and a Half Men before or will now. His Twitter post was great, though; very funny! Charlie Sheen doesn’t deserve to come back and shouldn’t get one more penny from this show or the associated studio, etc.

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Mike May 14, 2011 at 11:59 am

Even after what Mr. Sheen has done, the show wouldn’t be the same without him and i wouldn’t watch it

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Joe May 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Maybe this hire will finally put the nail in the coffin of this stupid show that is not at all funny.

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diana batovsky May 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm

berta and jake is the only things left on the show it will probably only last a few epedisodes

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DeeDee May 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Never liked Ashton on That 70′s show. Thought he was way overrated. 2 1/2 Men became a one note, one joke travesty a couple of years ago. It should have been left to die a quiet death. I agree with Bo. Human Target and Lie To Me are good shows and so is Fringe but apparently having to think at all while viewing is frowned upon in this country. So crappy reality shows and bad comedies are free to go forth and multiply.

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Mike May 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm

This should certainly ring the death knell, unless Berta, Mom, Rose and someone else steps forward. This guy just doesn’t fit.

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Jeff May 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Crappy show, crappy actor. Perfect.

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Bo May 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Cannot believe they renewed this garbage… with or without Sheen. Why does the networks cancell GOOD shows (i.e. Human Target) and leave this kind of crap on ?
Can’t believe this…….

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todd May 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm

he made that 70 show good got it good reviews so all i say is ashton welcome to 2 and 1/2 men

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