Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sheen Axed from Two And A Half Men … Kutcher to Replace Him

We’ve all heard about the news with regards to Mr. Charlie Sheen; his debacle with the producers of “Two And A Half Men,” and his crazy off screen antics that have him soaking up the limelight of America’s interest as he touts his two “goddesses” around and flaunts them for every paparazzo known to man. Then there’s his former show, the big time CBS and Warner Bros. Television primetime blockbuster smash hit, Two And A Half Men.
Moore and Kutcher in September 2008Image via Wikipedia

It’s no news to anyone that Sheen was the mainstay and staple behind the show’s comedic prowess. His smooth delivery, his sleek ambience and his onscreen bravado has defined the ethos of this show. However, as we all know far too well, it’s his off screen behavior that has seen him canned from a show that he was reportedly earning more than seven figures per episode to act on (which is somehow every reminiscent of another popular come and gone sitcom, “Friends” – where the actors made seven figures per episode – or even “Seinfeld”). (Relive Seinfeld with our awesome Seinfeld Festivus T-shirt or reignite your love of Friends with our Friends Central Perk Indigo Blue Adult T-Shirt.)


Now, the news is working its way along the major networks, and they are all reporting that CBS has finally made two very important decisions. The first, which many fans of the show were eager to hear, was that they are planning on keeping the show around for another season. The second, which was an equally as anticipated decision, was that the producers had finally found a replacement for Sheen, and one that hopefully would save them from embarrassment when composing himself offstage.


The new main star of the show is: Ashton Kutcher.


Best known for his role on “That 70’s Show,” Kutcher has won a large fan base over the years due to his comedic onscreen endeavors, and notably, his marriage to A-lister Demi Moore. But Kutcher also brings his own fanfare to the show, which may answer the question on whether the show will tank or not without Sheen around anymore.


For instance, Kutcher’s Twitter account has nearly 7 million followers, and his Facebook (9 million friends) both share similar numbers, which tells us that millions of prospective viewers will be encouraged to at least see if Kutcher is a good fit for the show.


Some experts in the industry happen to think Kutcher is the right man for the job, too.


TV Guide’s LA Bureau Chief, Michael Schneider told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column that, “Ashton was a wise casting choice, they managed to keep a still-successful and major money-making show alive by casting a well-known talent who knows his way around a sitcom stage.”


Sheen, however, tends to differ with a more bitter and somber opinion of his replacement on his throne as King of Comedy on Primetime. “Enjoy planet Chuck, Ashton,” Sheen told TMZ.com, talking about his nemesis and the creator of the show, Chuck Lorre. “There is no air, laughter, loyalty, or love there,” he said.


Kutcher has some words of his own to say to fans: “I can’t replace Charlie Sheen but I’m going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people,” he said in a statement to the press.


Question of the day: Do you think that Two And A Half Men will make it with Kutcher? Or more importantly: Do you think that the show will bomb without Sheen?


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