'Two and a Half Men': Ashton Kutcher close to finalizing one-year deal
The haggling is all but done and Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones are apparently moments away from signing on for Season 10 of "Two and a Half Men." Deadline is reporting that Kutcher's salary will be in the $700,000 per episode range, with Cryer coming in at slightly less. Jones will bring home $300,000 per show.
Kutcher's return was an item of some concern. While he'd indicated he was satisfied working on the show, Kutcher initially signed a one-year deal after Charlie Sheen was fired. And with no shortage of opportunities for Kutcher, anything was possible.
Kutcher's addition has been good for the comedy. For the 2011-12 season, "Men" is averaging nearly 15.3 million viewers. This makes the program the 11th highest-rated show and the second-best comedy, only trailing "The Big Bang Theory."