Angus T. Jones Says He Was A “Paid Hypocrite” On CBS’ ‘Two And A Half Men’ And Wants To Act In “Bible-Based Stories”: Video

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 10:01am PDT

Reception To Celebrate The Release Of Chuck Lorre's "What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Bitter"Angus T. Jones, formerly the highest-paid child actor in TV history, says he was a “paid hypocrite” during his time on CBS‘ comedy Two And A Half Men because he “wasn’t OK” with being “part of something that was making light of topics in our world where there are really problems for a lot of people.” Jones, now 20 and a student at the University of Colorado in Boulder, talked to Houston TV station KHOU over the weekend; he was in town to speak at the World Harvest Outreach, a Seventh-Day Adventist congregation, the station said. “I really want to come into the light because I know that is where the healing is and I’ve seen God do amazing things,” Jones said. World Harvest Outreach Church Pastor James R. Doggett Sr told the station, “I’m not sure [Jones] cares a whole lot about being an actor or being well known, in that regard.” Watch here:

But, of course, if he were not a well-known actor whoangusjones co-starred in one of the country’s most successful recent comedy series, no one would care about his thoughts about the role of TV comedy in larger society. And, of course, his celebrity is bringing this Houston church pots of attention — like the KHOU interview — and this post. Ditto the Forerunner Chronicles church, which, in November 2012, posted the video that went viral, in which Jones announced, “If you watch Two And A Half Men, please stop watching. I’m on Two And A Half Men and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth.” Some actors also got traction off of Jones’ video with parodies. Read More »

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CBS Renews 9 Drama Series, 5 Comedies, 2 Reality Shows For Next Season; No ‘Mentalist’, ‘Crazy Ones’ Or ‘Intelligence’

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712__131121001522“With the addition of the NFL on Thursday night our schedule is pretty darn tight,” CBS’ CEO Les Moonves told investors this week, indicating the network planned to only add two new drama and two new comedy series for next season. Here is the proof of just how tight the network’s 2014-15 schedule is shaping up to be. As it does every year, in one fell swoop the network has renewed the bulk of its lineup. That includes nine drama series — flagship NCIS, NCIS: LA, Criminal Minds, Person Of Interest, Elementary, CSI, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods and critical darling The Good Wife — and five comedies: 2 Broke Girls, freshman The Millers and the three Chuck Lorre series, veteran Two And A Half Men, Mike & Molly and freshman Mom. They join Lorre’s The Big Bang Theory, which was just given a big three-season pickup. On the reality side, The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss are being renewed, joining Survivor, which is set for a milestone 30th cycle next season, as well as newsmagazines 60 Minutes and 48 Hours. All in all, 20 programs.

Related: CBS Will Launch ‘Big Bang Theory’ On Different Night As NFL Begins

still-mentalist-season-6-episode-11Not picked up is The Mentalist, the veteran procedural’s first time not being among the early renewals. The long-running drama has been on the bubble and, unlike Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods or The Good Wife, whose ratings have been on par or lower, Mentalist is not owned by CBS, making off-network money for the company the way the other three shows do. But The Mentalist is a very important property for Warner Bros TV with a very lucrative syndication deal and strong international sales, so expect the studio to fight hard for a seventh-season renewal, especially after the post-Red John creative reboot of the show was deemed successful. (The Mentalist creator/showrunner Bruno Heller’s expected departure to run his new series, Gotham at Fox, is not expected to be a major factor in the decision-making.) Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Scandal’, Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Crazy Ones’ Down, ‘Two & A Half Men’, ‘Elementary’ & ‘Reign’ Up, ‘Wonderland’ Returns Even

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 9:06am PST

KERRY WASHINGTONReturning strong last week after a long winter break, both ABC’s Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy took a hit last night. Back for the second week since its break, the Shonda Rhimes produced political intrigue series drew a 2.8/8 among adults 18-49 last night. That’s a sharp 18% drop from last week’s results. The Washington D.C.-based show was led in by Rhimes’ Seattle-based Grey’s, which also had returned on February 27. The medical drama pulled a 2.6/7 in the key demo – a 16% slide from last week. ABC started the night with the return of another show that had taken a long hiatus. Back with its first new show since December 12, 2013, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (0.8/3) was even with that last original. That left the fantasy-drama tying a series low.
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Mila Kunis To Guest Star With Ashton Kutcher On ‘Two And A Half Men’

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 12:29pm PST

mila2014It will be an on-screen reunion for the two former stars of That ’70s Show. Mila Kunis is set for a guest appearance on an episode of Two And A Half Men in April opposite her real-life beau … Read More »

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CBS Swaps ‘Two & Half Men’ & ‘Crazy Ones’, Schedules ‘Bad Teacher’ On Thursday, ‘Unforgettable’ On Friday

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS is tweaking its Thursday comedy lineup and Bad Teacher CBS Thursdayadding two series in late midseason, new comedy Bad Teacher and returning procedural Unforgettable. Beginning February 27, the first week after the Sochi Olympics, veteran Two And A Half Men and freshman The Crazy Ones will switch places, with Men airing at 9 PM, followed by Crazy Ones. This is a more conventional lineup, with established shows (The Big Bang Theory, Men) as 8 PM and 9 PM anchors and newbies (The Millers, Crazy Ones) in the hammock positions behind them. I hear the reason CBS didn’t go with this schedule last fall was to try to protect Elementary at 10 PM, which was losing its drama lead-in as the cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712network expanded its comedy block to two hours. A seasoned performer, Men was slated at 9:30 PM to lead to Elementary. After a huge launch in September behind an hourlong Big Bang, Crazy Ones has been delivering middling ratings, most recently posting a 1.7 in 18-49 last Thursday vs. 2.7 for its lead-in, The Millers, and 1.8 for lead-out Men. Crazy Ones also is a single-camera comedy sandwiched between two multicams, and Men will likely do better airing behind two other shows of its kind, Big Bang and Millers. Crazy Ones will wrap its 22-episode order on April 17 and will be replaced at 9:30 PM by another single-camera comedy, Bad Teacher, on April 24. The Men-Crazy Ones switcheroo is being done in part to prepare a launch pad for Bad Teacher, based on the hit feature, which will have three weeks to prove itself to CBS brass before they set the schedule for next season. Read More »

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Chuck Lorre Scores Rare Four Top 20 Shows

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 4:53pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

lorreChuck Lorre already is the showrunner with most current series, four. Last week, the prolific producer scored a first for a showrunner when all four ranked in the Top 20 among adults 18–49 — something no writing producer had accomplished … Read More »

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UPDATE: Charlie Sheen Apologizes To Ashton Kutcher Via Twitter — Then Threatens Great Bodily Harm (Video)

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 2:25pm PST

UPDATE, 2:45 PM: Well, Charlie Sheen has (heh) apologized for the evil of his ways. But then the contrite mood lifted, and the old Sheen resurfaced. Check out his first Twitter response to Ashton Kutcher, followed by a tweet from awhile later with a mild shift in tone:… Read More »

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Kimberly Williams-Paisley Joins ‘Two And A Half Men’ As Recurring

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 1:24pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Kimberly Williams-Paisley EXCLUSIVE: After recently wrapping her major arc on ABC drama Nashville, Kimberly Williams-Paisley has been tapped for another recurring gig, this time on the comedy side. The According To Jim alumna is set for a multi-episode arc … Read More »

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CBS Comedy Stars Top TV Money-Makers

By | Tuesday October 15, 2013 @ 5:17pm PDT

Those people (and TV critics) wondering why Will Arnett would take a role on a CBS multi-cam sitcom with a running fart gag in the pilot, for crying out loud, even if it is exec produced by Greg Garcia, need look no further than Forbes’ just-out list of the highest-paid TV actors. It’s topped entirely by CBS comedy stars. (Note the somewhat apologetic tone of Arnett’s recent multi-cam explanation to Digital Spy: “I’ve spent the last 10 years doing single-camera shows, from Arrested Development to 30 Rock to Running Wilde to Up All Night and, it sounds lame, but I just thought it would be really fun.”) Ashton Kutcher is ranked No. 1, paid $24 million between June of ’12 and ’13, because he’s the guy who enabled Warner Bros TV to retain a big franchise and CBS to hang on to an important piece of its campaign to take over comedy on Thursday nights while maintaining a four-comedy slate on Mondays — a good thing too, given the early demise of We Are Men. Kutcher’s co-star Jon Cryer, who last fall won an best-actor Emmy for having survived the Charlie Sheen years, is No. 2 on the list. Heck, even the show’s Angus “Don’t Watch This Filth” Jones made the list, which presumably eases the pain of being phased off the show this season, after which he will have to make do with his earnings from the show’s syndication. Former CBS star Ray Romano is No. 3 on the list, owing, Forbes says, in large measure to the money he’s still making off of Everybody Loves Raymond repeats. And, at No. 4: Neil Patrick Harris, star of CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother, tied the network’s Mark Harmon, who is star of the country’s most-watched scripted series NCIS. Read More »

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Amber Tamblyn Upped To Regular On ‘Two And A Half Men’

By | Wednesday October 2, 2013 @ 8:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A Harper offspring once again will be a permanent fixture on Two And A Half Men. Amber Tamblyn, who had been signed for a five-episode recurring stint playing Charlie Harper’s (Charlie Sheen) long-lost … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Sets Premiere Record, ‘The Crazy Ones’ Opens Strong, Tops ‘Michael J. Fox Show’

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: The finals Live+same day are in, and the 8:30 PM episode of The Big Bang Theory went up to 20.44 million viewers, an all-time high for the series. Its demo numbers also were adjusted up, to a 6.1 in 18-49 (for the 8:30-9 PM half hour).

PREVIOUS: It may have lost out on the best comedy Emmy on Sunday, but last night The Big Bang Theory proved it is the biggest entertainment show on broadcast television and, in Season 7, shows no signs of slowing down. The hourlong season premiere of the comedy juggernaut was its biggest ever, drawing a 5.6 rating in adults 18-49 — up 17% from its 18-49 fast national last year when the opener was a half-hour — and 18.3 million viewers. CBS doubled up on its flagship comedy to boost newbie The Crazy Ones, and it worked. The series starring Robin Williams drew a 4.0 in 18-49 and 15.6 million viewers to rank as the most watched series premiere so far this season and deliver CBS’ best 18-49 rating in the half-hour in almost four years (11/12/09, CSI). The Crazy Ones also handily won the hyped Robin Williams vs. Michael J. Fox face-off (4.0 vs. 2.1, 18/3 million vs. 7.2 million). CBS achieved its goal of expanding its Thursday comedy block to two hours with one caveat: veteran Two And A Half Men (2.9, 11.5 million) performed below par, down 17% from last season’s debut as the show established its new dynamic last night by introducing Charlie Harper’s long-lost daughter. The 11th season premiere was the lowest rated ever for the comedy, though it maybe a bit early to sound the cancellation alarm as familiar shows, especially comedies, tend to draw back viewers once the sampling of new shows is over. At 10 PM, Elementary‘s trip to London for the second season premiere resulted in a 2.1 18-49 rating, down a big 32% from the series premiere last year, which faced Scandal instead of Grey’s Anatomy.

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Bob Newhart Gets His Due With First Emmy Win, Will Return To ‘The Big Bang Theory’

By | Sunday September 15, 2013 @ 10:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

This was moment Bob Newhart had given hope would come — landing an Emmy Award. After a record losing streak (Newhart had been nominated six times before), he even had his series The Bob Newhart Show and NewhartRead More »

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Amber Tamblyn To Play Charlie Harper’s Lesbian Daughter On ‘Two And A Half Men’

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After a lengthy search, Amber Tamblyn has been tapped for the buzzy new role on veteran CBS comedy Two And A Half Men. Tamblyn will play Jenny, Charlie Harper’s (former 2.5 Men star Charlie … Read More »

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‘Two & A Half Men’ Adds New Series Regular — Charlie Harper’s Long Lost Daughter

By | Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 11:20am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Two And A Half Men Charlie Harper Daughter CastEXCLUSIVE: Charlie Harper had an offspring?! CBSTwo And A Half Men will look more like Two Guys And A GirlRead More »

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UPDATE: Ashton Kutcher & Jon Cryer Set For Just-Ordered Season 11 Of ’2.5 Men’, Angus T. Jones Won’t Return As Regular

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 9:05am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

2ND UPDATE MONDAY 9 AM: CBS just put out a release officially announcing the renewal of Two And A Half Men for next season, the return of stars Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer and the departure of Angus T. Jones as a regular. “The renewal comes after new agreements were reached for next season with series producer Warner Bros. Television as well as cast members Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer,” CBS said. “Producers are in discussions with Angus T. Jones about a recurring role next season while he is attending college.”

UPDATE, FRIDAY 3:25 PM: CBS just confirmed on Twitter that the show has been renewed for the 2013-2014 season.

PREVIOUS, FRIDAY 3:15 PM: CBS’ veteran comedy Two And A Half Men is dropping the “Half” for the upcoming 11th season. I’ve learned that co-star Angus T. Jones won’t return to the veteran comedy, at least not as a regular. He may do guest-starring appearances. Meanwhile, I’ve learned that stars Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer have closed new one-year deals to return, paving the way for an 11th season renewal of Two And A Half Men, which is now pending. I hear the duo are returning at salaries close to what they earned last season, about $700,000 per episode for Kutcher and just a bit less for Cryer. They remain as the highest-paid TV actors.

Jones’ departure is not surprising. He had indicated his desire to go to college and originally planned to leave after last season until he had a change of heart at the last minute and signed on to return. But with his character Jake in the Army, Jones has appeared only sporadically on the show this season. And then there was the young actor’s ill-advised comments in a religious video testimonial, in which he called Two And A Half Men “filth,” which went viral in November. Jones later apologized and subsequently returned to work. Read More »

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Charlie Sheen Takes A Snipe At CBS, ‘Two And A Half Men’ On David Letterman: Video

By | Tuesday January 15, 2013 @ 8:45am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Two years after his infamous meltdown that led to his firing from hit CBS comedy Two And A Half Men, Charlie Sheen was back on the broadcast network last night for a guest appearance on Late Show With David Letterman to promote his new series, FX’s Anger Read More »

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CBS Wants 11th Season Of ’2.5 Men’ With Angus T. Jones, Warner Bros. “Interested”

By | Saturday January 12, 2013 @ 9:10am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Will Chuck Lorre have four series on CBS next fall? It certainly looks that way, with veteran Two And A Half Men eying an 11th season renewal.

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Angus T. Jones Returns To CBS’ ’2.5 Men’, Gets Jaime Pressly As Love Interest

By | Friday January 11, 2013 @ 10:17pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

He’s back! After a month-a-half hiatus, Two And A Half Men co-star Angus T. Jones is returning to the set of the CBS comedy next week to film his first episode following the release of his controversial Read More »

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Actors Use Angus T. Jones Parodies To Promote Own Shows: Video

By | Thursday November 29, 2012 @ 9:51am PST
Nellie Andreeva

It’s not surprising when a video goes viral for parodies to start cropping up. That is the case with Two And A Half Men co-star Angus T. Jones, whose “‘stop watching’ Men because it’s ‘filth’” testimonial spurred a string of video skits. But entrepreneurial actors who have comedy series on the air are using Jones parodies to plug their shows, as is the case with these mildly amusing videos of Matthew Perry of Go On and Rainn Wilson of The Office. Of course, neither of the shows hail from CBS or Warner Bros. TV, the network and studio behind Men.

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