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Ashton Kutcher replaces Charlie Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men'
CNN Entertainment ^ | 05/16/2011 | CNN Wire Staff

Posted on 05/16/2011 6:37:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

It's official: Ashton Kutcher is filling the gap left by Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men."

"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," Kutcher said Friday in a statement released by CBS and Warner Bros. Television.

"I can't replace Charlie Sheen but I'm going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people!"

Kutcher, who gained his early fame on a TV sitcom, "That 70s Show," has more recently been seen on the big screen. His last film was "No Strings Attached," which hit theaters in January.

He's also made his mark as a TV executive producer, most notably for MTV's hidden-camera show "Punk'd."

"Ashton is a pop culture triple threat -- film star, cutting-edge producer and a social media pioneer," said Nina Tassler, the head of CBS Entertainment. "He brings creativity, energy and personality to everything he touches. We are thrilled to have him."

CBS and Warner Bros. did not disclose how much Kutcher will earn. Sheen, who is embroiled in a lawsuit over his sudden dismissal from the show in March, was earning a reported $2 million for each episode.

Sheen responded to the news by praising Kutcher while taking a shot at the show's executive producer, Chuck Lorre.

"Ashton Kutcher is a sweetheart and a brilliant comedic performer. Oh wait, so am I!!," Sheen said in a written statement. "Enjoy the show America. Enjoy seeing 2.0 in the demo every Monday, WB. Enjoy planet Chuck, Ashton. There is no air, laughter, loyalty, or love there."

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: ashtonkutchner; charliesheen

Fans are not being "Punk'd." Ashton Kutcher will replace Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men".
1 posted on 05/16/2011 6:37:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

So, I guess they’ll rename it “One Man and Two Half Men”.


2 posted on 05/16/2011 6:39:50 AM PDT by nesnah
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To: SeekAndFind

Good luck with that. Look for it to be $h!tcanned by mid-season.


3 posted on 05/16/2011 6:39:55 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll be interested to see how he gets weaved into the story.

I presume he won’t just be a replacement Charlie the way they replaced Dick York with Dick Seargent on Bewitched and hoped nobody would notice.

I assume he’ll be a new character...will they kill Charlie off? Will Kutcher play some long lost illegitimate son of Charlies or perhaps a cousin of Charlie and Alan?


4 posted on 05/16/2011 6:41:25 AM PDT by RockinRight (Cain in 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind

i don’t get it. Is the new guy going to play the same character as the old guy? That’ll never work.


5 posted on 05/16/2011 6:41:47 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: RJS1950

Van Halen did not “replace” David Lee Roth with Sammy Hagar. They created a new band with the same name. This is going to be Ashton Kutcher playing Charlie Sheen, playing himself.


6 posted on 05/16/2011 6:43:36 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: RJS1950

Probably. They will likely have high ratings for a couple episodes due to curiosity though.

I just think of Kutcher as Kelso from That 70s Show...it’s really the only role he played well IMHO.


7 posted on 05/16/2011 6:43:44 AM PDT by RockinRight (Cain in 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind

8 posted on 05/16/2011 6:46:43 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Major mistake.


9 posted on 05/16/2011 6:47:03 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: SeekAndFind

THis sitcom has been going on for 8 years now, hasn’t it run it’s course already?


10 posted on 05/16/2011 6:47:06 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: qam1

More or less - I think had Sheen stayed on, his character would have married Rose, the cute stalker, and that would have been the end of it.

What’s odd to me is in the show, they live in CHARLIE’S house. How are they going to explain Charlie not being there, and all these people still living in the house?

They’d almost have to kill him off and have him leaving the house to Alan or something.


11 posted on 05/16/2011 6:48:37 AM PDT by RockinRight (Cain in 2012)
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To: nesnah

Toy boy replacing truther moron. I never watched that show anyhow.


12 posted on 05/16/2011 6:49:09 AM PDT by Rider on the Rain
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To: RockinRight

Yup. They certainly won’t be able to get away with pulling out one Dick and quickly slipping in a new Dick like they did back in the old days...


13 posted on 05/16/2011 6:51:33 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: RockinRight
Kelso was a great character. The movie Butterfly Effect was very well done by Kutcher. Otherwise he plays the same character in every movie he is in. I am still trying to figure out the reference to “social media pioneer”, what does that even mean?
14 posted on 05/16/2011 6:51:41 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not a big Kutcher fan and the “half” man of the title isn’t cute anymore.

Time to end the series gracefully.


15 posted on 05/16/2011 6:58:13 AM PDT by hattend (Obama is better than OJ... He found a killer while on the golf course.)
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To: hattend

That kid ain’t no “half” anything anymore.


16 posted on 05/16/2011 6:59:01 AM PDT by RockinRight (Cain in 2012)
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To: hattend

RE: Time to end the series gracefully.

Well, this is the one last grasp of the producers. I personally believe viewers will NOT take the replacement well and it will die a well deserved death soon ( besides, the cute littel boy has grown up and isn’t that cute anymore ).


17 posted on 05/16/2011 7:00:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s such a jerk.


18 posted on 05/16/2011 7:09:55 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

RE: He’s such a jerk.

Which one, Charlie or Ashton?


19 posted on 05/16/2011 7:11:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder how much his “old” lady paid to get him the part?

“He would be *perfect* for the role. He is smart, and funny, and has a really big... er, talent! So what are we looking at? $10m? $20m?”


20 posted on 05/16/2011 7:11:41 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: SeekAndFind

How old is the half-man? About 30?


21 posted on 05/16/2011 7:13:18 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: SeekAndFind
Somehow I think this is all part of a clever plot (and future lawsuit) to suck Sheen's bank account for non-performance...and also deny him the commish on re-runs.

Ashton as Charlie?? Ridiculous. That's like Jack Be Nimble playing the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk.

22 posted on 05/16/2011 7:13:48 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: svcw

They are speaking of things like Facebook and Twitter. I think it said he has 6 million followers.


23 posted on 05/16/2011 7:21:12 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator
Wow. If just having groupies makes you a pioneer that is a pretty low bar.
24 posted on 05/16/2011 7:24:30 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: SeekAndFind
Ashton Kutcher?
Isn't he Demi Moore's boy toy?
Just curious since I no longer can keep up with the coming and goings in Hollywood.
25 posted on 05/16/2011 7:25:02 AM PDT by Tupelo
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26 posted on 05/16/2011 7:25:24 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: svcw

Yes, the bar is low. I think he was the first to get X amount of followers or something like that...for what it’s worth.


27 posted on 05/16/2011 7:28:28 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: SeekAndFind
The limiting factor on this show would not be the two fully grown leads, but Angus T. Jones, the juvenile actor. He was 10 years old when the series started in 2003. He'll be 18 in October. Sitcoms generally have a life expectancy of 7 years. If it runs longer than that, you would probably want characters who don't age out of their roles.


28 posted on 05/16/2011 7:33:39 AM PDT by jmcenanly ( "We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him." -Samuel)
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To: WayneS
pulling out one Dick and quickly slipping in a new Dick

It seemed almost impossible to say that and not be filthy, but you pulled it off. Bravo.

29 posted on 05/16/2011 7:33:59 AM PDT by Living Free in NH
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To: WayneS
Yup. They certainly won’t be able to get away with pulling out one Dick and quickly slipping in a new Dick like they did back in the old days...

"'The New Dick'.....it's short and sweet and everyone wants to see it."

30 posted on 05/16/2011 7:36:59 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Tupelo

RE: Ashton Kutcher?
Isn’t he Demi Moore’s boy toy?


He would take exception to the term you use. Yes, he’s about 15 years younger than her, but get this -— THEY’RE MARRIED (and have been for 6 years).


31 posted on 05/16/2011 7:40:23 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind
Alan finally kills Charlie. One wisecrack too many and Alan splits his skull.

Realizing that if they tell the authorities about the crime they will lose the Malibu beach home, the vehicles, the income, etc., both Jake and Berta agree to keep Alan's crime a secret.

Wacky P.I. Michael Kelso (Kutcher), having relocated to southern California, is convinced Charlie was murdered. He repeatedly shows up at the house unannounced in various disguises hoping to get a confession.

The show is cancelled midway through the first episode.

32 posted on 05/16/2011 8:16:26 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: WayneS

Dick York, Dick Sargent, Sergeant York... coincidence, I don’t think so.


33 posted on 05/16/2011 8:19:56 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Rider on the Rain

grungy toy boy replacing truther moron..
More accurate.


34 posted on 05/16/2011 8:49:07 AM PDT by handmade
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To: RockinRight
What’s odd to me is in the show, they live in CHARLIE’S house. How are they going to explain Charlie not being there,

Chuck Cunningham on Happy Days

"We have always been at war with Eastasia"

35 posted on 05/16/2011 9:02:46 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: RockinRight

Yeah, he played that role well because like Sheen in 2-1/2 Men he played himself.


36 posted on 05/16/2011 9:43:14 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Living Free in NH

It’s akin to a sticker I saw in 72.

Don’t switch Dicks in the middle of a screw; Vote for Nixon in 72.


37 posted on 05/16/2011 9:46:04 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: RockinRight
That kid ain’t no “half” anything anymore.

Well, that may be the point of bringing in Kutcher. The kid moves to a full man, and Kutcher is the new half.

38 posted on 05/16/2011 9:56:14 AM PDT by ssaftler ("John Galt, we need you!")
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To: RJS1950
Good luck with that. Look for it to be $h!tcanned by mid-season.

You don't know what you're talking about. Bringing in the long lost cousin to replace a main character has always worked so well on sitcoms in the past... /s
39 posted on 05/16/2011 3:03:04 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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You don't know what you're talking about. Bringing in the long lost cousin to replace a main character has always worked so well on sitcoms in the past... /s

Would have been real funny if they brought in Ted McGinley.

40 posted on 05/16/2011 3:04:28 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Would have been real funny if they brought in Ted McGinley.

"Ace" Harper, their long-lost brother.

41 posted on 05/16/2011 3:11:09 PM PDT by Mr.Unique (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: traderrob6
Dick York, Dick Sargent, Sergeant York... coincidence, I don’t think so.

Here's a little-known fact for ya, Sammy:

Dick Sargent (Darrin # 2) was originally offered the role of Darrin when they were first casting the show. He could not do it, however, due to other acting commitments he had at the time, so the role went to Dick York. When York's deteriorating health prevented him from continuing with the show, they went back to their original choice, Dick Sargent.

42 posted on 05/16/2011 3:11:57 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: GreenHornet
Dick Sargent.

A very appropriate name for him.

43 posted on 05/16/2011 3:13:00 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

From one libtard to another.


44 posted on 05/16/2011 3:13:42 PM PDT by chemicalman ("The taxpayer - work for the Fed gvmt, but doesn't take a civil service exam. Reagan)
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To: RockinRight
My guess is that they'll kill off Charlie or put him in rehab (extended) and that Kutcher is the caretaker or beneficiary (multiple backstories here on how this came to be). Another option is Charlie is dead, Alan gets the house and takes on a boarder or is forced to (BIL for a girlfriend etc.)

Come to think of it, the writers are a bunch of lazy asses...they're probably waiting for us to come up with something neat.

45 posted on 05/16/2011 3:20:17 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: dfwgator

That’s actually not such a bad idea. Everyone knows the show is a total mess and on borrowed time now, they might as well have fun with it and bring in ol’ Ted for a cameo.


46 posted on 05/16/2011 3:21:49 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Gaffer

It will be as lame as Sanford and Son, when they had Grady stand in for Fred, while Redd Foxx was in a contract dispute.


47 posted on 05/16/2011 3:23:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
I wonder how much his “old” lady paid to get him the part?

Take a look at Demi Moore's last five years of work compared to Boytoy's. It's pretty clear he's the one bringing home the bacon. She hasn't had a lead role in a major movie since G.I Jane in 1997.

48 posted on 05/16/2011 3:29:11 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: SeekAndFind

My guess is that they’ll have Charlie enter the Witness Protection Program after he sleeps with some mobster’s wife. Ashton Kutcher will show up as a “cousin” - similar to “Three’s Company”. when Suzanne Somers’s character “Chrissy” was replaced by her cousin “Cindy” (Jenilee Harrison) when Somers left the show after a contract dispute. It doesn’t matter....this isn’t going to work anyway.


49 posted on 05/16/2011 3:30:01 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: GreenHornet
" It doesn’t matter....this isn’t going to work anyway."

I think it WILL work. Time will tell. It depends on how the rest of the crew looks upon Ashton.

50 posted on 05/16/2011 3:49:48 PM PDT by OldEagle
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