CBS and Warner Bros. TV, which produces the show, announced Friday (May 13) that Kutcher will take over for Charlie Sheen on the sitcom next season. Reports of him joining the show leaked yesterday, and the deal is now done. The show will be Kutcher’s first regular TV work since “That ’70s Show” ended in 2006.
“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,” he says. “I can’t replace Charlie Sheen, but I’m going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people!”
There were strings of happy quotes from “Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre, CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler and Warner Bros. TV head Peter Roth as well.
Lorre: “We are so lucky to have someone as talented, joyful and just plain remarkable as Ashton joining our family. Added to that is the deep sigh of relief knowing that our family stays together. If I was any happier, it’d be illegal.”
Tassler: “Ashton is a pop-culture triple threat — film star, cutting-edge producer and a social media pioneer. He brings creativity, energy and personality to everything he touches. We are thrilled to have him, and excited beyond words for what he brings to the next season of ‘Two and a Half Men.'”
Roth: “Ashton Kutcher brings a new and distinctive comedic flavor to ‘Two and a Half Men.’ He is a big-time talent whose unique style will blend seamlessly with Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones and the rest of this terrific ensemble. We look forward to a great future for this revamped and re-energized show, helmed as always by the extraordinary Chuck Lorre, whose creative skills and consummate professionalism make him the best in the business.”
So now that it’s a done deal, what do you think? Will Kutcher keep you watching “Two and a Half Men”?