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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 Management. Sheen had been away because of a ban imposed by CBS, Letterman noted. “It’s nice to be back in the CBS family, even as a foster child,” Sheen said, adding, “They’re nice until they fire you.”

Sheen got nostalgic, saying that he would like to appear on the final episode of Men. Reminded that his character was killed off, Sheen quipped: “I am dead. But so is the show.”

The interview once again dissected Sheen’s 2011 meltdown, or as Sheen called it “meltforward.” Asked whether cocaine was a factor, Sheen said, “Not during the meltdown” before adding, “During the previous 30 years, sure.”

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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.

“We’ve told (Two And A Half Men producer) Warner Bros. TV that we would like to have a 11th season,” CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler said at TCA this morning. “They’re equally interested.” With the cast’s deals up at the end of the season, including star Ashton Kutcher, and the latest controversy surrounding Angus T. Jones, many have  speculated that the show may call it a day after 10 seasons, a high-profile leading man switch from Charlie Sheen to Kutcher and a ton of tabloid headlines.

But, after a slowish start, Men has been thriving in its new Thursday 8:30 PM, hitting season highs. And Lorre this week indicated that all has been forgiven with Jones, who is returning to work next week with a meaty new storyline featuring Emmy winner Jaime Pressly as his “cougar” love interest. “He’s part of our show. He’s part of our family. We love him… He’s 19, man. Cut him some slack,” Lorre said on Wednesday.

This morning, Tassler echoed Lorre’s sentiment. “We’d like him to be part of (the show) next year, I think he would like to come back too, and Chuck and Warner Bros. would do too,” she said on stage. She later continued: “You know what, the kid is 19 years … Read More »

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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 religious testimonial, in which he slammed the racy series as “filth” and urged viewers to “stop watching it.” In a sign that there are no hard feelings between 2.5 Men producers and Jones, whose character has been stuck Skype-ing from the Army for most of this season, he is getting a meaty storyline in his first episode back. Emmy winner Jaime Pressly has been cast as a new love interest for Jones’ Jake. She will be introduced in the episode, which starts production on Monday. In a guest starring and potentially recurring role, the My Name Is Earl alumna Pressly will play Jake’s “cougar” girlfriend from the sticks of SD.

In red carpet interviews at the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday night, Men executive producer Chuck Lorre confirmed that Jones will be back at work on Monday and indicated that the controversy over the actor’s viral anti-Men rant has blown over and all has been forgiven. “He’s part of our show. He’s part of our family. We love him,” Lorre said. “He’s 19, man. Cut him some slack.” Lorre even supported Jones’ most explosive comment. “I can’t really disagree … 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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Charlie Sheen Blames Chuck Lorre For Angus T. Jones’ Anti-’2.5 Men’ Rant

By | Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 8:22am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Back in early 2011 when Charlie Sheen went on a rampage trashing Two And A Half Men, the brunt of his attacks were directed at the show’s co-creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre.  Almost two years later, Sheen is back at it, blaming Lorre for his former co-star Angus T. Jones‘ controversial video testimonial for Forerunner Christian Church, in which the young actor referred to Men as “filth” and urged viewers to “stop watching it.” “Obviously, not having been there for some time, the Angus T. Jones that I knew and still love is not the same guy I saw on YouTube yesterday,” Sheen told TMZ. “I dare anyone to spend 10 years in the laugh-track that is Chuck Lorre’s hive of oppression and not suffer some form of an emotional tsunami.”

Related: Angus T. Jones Not Due Back On ‘Men’ Set Until 2013

For his part, Jones never took shots at Lorre in his comments on Men. And in his statement about the video remarks issued yesterday, Jones personally acknowledged Lorre as one of the people “responsible for what has been one of the most significant experiences in my life to date.” Here is a photo of the two a month ago when Jones attended … Read More »

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Angus T. Jones Breaks Silence About Controversial ‘Two And A Half Men’ Remarks

By | Tuesday November 27, 2012 @ 4:56pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Angus T Jones Two And A Half Men ControversyEXCLUSIVE: After 13 years in show business, Angus T. Jones is used to living in the limelight. But yesterday, the Two And A Half Men co-star found himself in a different type of spotlight — at the center of a major controversy triggered by statements he’d made in a video testimonial for Forerunner Christian Church. His comments, in which the 19-year-old actor referred to Men as “filth” and urged viewers to “stop watching it,” went viral, but Jones himself remained silent on the controversy until now. In a statement to Deadline released by Insignia PR, Jones expresses his gratitude to Two And A Half Men, co-creator Chuck Lorre, CBS, series producer Warner Bros TV and studio chief Peter Roth for “what has been one of the most significant experiences in my life to date.” He also apologizes “if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed.” Here is Jones’ statement in its entirety:

I have been the subject of much discussion, speculation and commentary over the past 24 hours. While I cannot address everything that has been said or right every misstatement or misunderstanding, there is one thing I want to make clear.

Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on Two and Half Men with whom I have worked over the past ten years and who have become an extension of my family.

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Angus T. Jones Not Due Back On ‘Two And A Half Men’ Set Until 2013

By | Tuesday November 27, 2012 @ 2:28pm PST

Looks like Angus T. Jones won’t have to endure that inevitable awkward moment on the set of Two And A Half Men until after the New Year. And it isn’t the teen actor’s recent video tirade against the “filth” of his CBS sitcom and TV in general keeping him off the show, but rather the schedule: Two And A Half Men only has two more episodes to shoot before it breaks for the holidays, and Jones isn’t appearing in either one. If the timing seems a little too convenient following Jones’ faith-based lambasting of Men, it is pure coincidence, a source says, as both episodes were written before Jones began urging viewers to not watch the show. With Jones’ Jake Harper character now in the Army, the actor hasn’t been appearing in every episode this year, and when he does, it is sometimes only briefly. Read More »

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‘2.5 Men’s Angus T. Jones Slams Show As “Filth”, Urges Viewers To “Stop Watching”

By | Monday November 26, 2012 @ 10:47am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Angus T. Jones FilthHere we go again… On Two And A Half Men, Angus T. Jones‘ character was always looking up to his uncle, played by Charlie Sheen. Now Jones is emulating Sheen in real life with a tirade bashing the racy sitcom. “If you watch Two And A Half Men, please stop watching Two And A Half Men,” the religious teenager says in a testimonial for Forerunner Christian Church (see the video below). “I’m on Two And A Half Men, and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it, and filling your head with filth…. If I am doing any harm, I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be contributing to the (Satan’s) plan,” says Jones, who has become very serious about his faith in the past several months. “You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that. I know I can’t. I’m not OK with what I’m learning, what the Bible says and being on that television show.” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Last Resort’ And ’2.5 Men’ + Miley Cyrus Up, ‘Elementary’ Down

By | Friday November 9, 2012 @ 9:42am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Miley Cyrus may become one of the most sought-after comedy actresses this coming pilot season after delivering another set of big ratings for CBS’ Two And A Half Men. With Cyrus back, the veteran sitcom (4.0/11) was up 11% from last week to match its season high posted by Cyrus’ first episode on the show last month. Men‘s lead-in The Big Bang Theory (5.0/15) was down a tenth from last week while matching an all-time high in total viewers (16.54 million). Person Of Interest (2.9/7) was flat in 18-49 while hitting a season high in total viewers (14.7 million). But Elementary (2.2/6), which just snagged the coveted post-Super Bowl slot, was down 8% from last week to tie its lowest rating to date. CBS won the night in 18-49 and total viewers.

After Nashville inched up in the ratings on Wednesday, another freshman ABC series waiting word on a back order posted ratings gains last nigh: Last Resort (1.4/4) was up 8% from two weeks ago. (ABC’s Thursday lineup was pre-empted for the CMAs last week.) Both series had been rumored to receive episodic orders, and the ratings upticks may have validated that. Grey’s Anatomy (3.2/8) also was up, by 7%, while Scandal (2.0/5) was flat. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Miley Cyrus Drives ‘Two And A Half Men’ To Season High, ‘Up All Night’ Also Up, ‘Beauty’ Dives In Week 2

By | Friday October 19, 2012 @ 9:26am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Miley Cyrus Two And A Half MenIn the spring of 2008, then-perennial bubble CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother got Britney Spears as a guest star. The episode shot up to series highs and fostered a turnaround for the show, which turned from an underperforming darling to a hit almost overnight. Four and a half years later, CBS this fall made a scheduling move that raised a lot of eyebrows: relocating long-time Monday anchor Two And A Half Men to Thursday. The veteran has struggled in its new environment, even falling below the delivery of utility player Rules Of Engagement in the slot at one point. Until last night, when the show featured another big teen draw: Miley Cyrus. With her, Two And A Half Men jumped 14% from last week to a 4.0/11 among adults 18-49, hitting season highs in adults 18-49, total viewers (13.6 million) and adults 25-54. Two And A Half Men already received a second lease on life with the introduction of new leading man Ashton Kutcher last season. Could Cyrus’ appearance be a “Britney” moment for the veteran comedy that would give it new momentum and help it age more gracefully in its new Thursday slot? The good news for Men is that Cyrus has already been booked for another episode, and given the ratings, she may be asked to do more. Unlike Spears, Cyrus is a sitcom pro, having started off on the Disney Channel hit Hannah Montana. Read More »

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Miley Cyrus To Do Arc On ‘Two & A Half Men’

By | Monday August 27, 2012 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Former Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus is returning to television and multi-camera comedy with a two-episode guest arc on CBS’ Two And A Half Men. She will play Missi, an old family friend of Walden’s (Ashton Kutcher) who comes to visit for a week and develops a relationship with Jake (Angus T. Jones) when he comes home from the army. Cyrus is best known for her title role on the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana and the hit movie it spawned. The 10th season of Two And A Half Men premieres Sept. 27.

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Marin Hinkle Made Regular On New NBC Drama Series ‘Infamous’

By | Wednesday June 27, 2012 @ 6:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Two And A Half Man‘s Marin Hinkle has landed a series regular gig on the upcoming NBC drama Infamous. Hinkle, who guest starred in the pilot of the mystery soap, has been upped to a regular and will continue on the series, slated to launch in midseason. Infamous, from Universal TV and BermanBraun, centers on a female detective (Meagan Good) who returns undercover to the wealthy and troubled Lawson family she grew up in — as the maid’s daughter — to solve the murder of the notorious heiress Vivian Lawson who was once her closest friend. Hinkle plays the wife of the Lawsons’ oldest child (Tate Donovan), the smart and cold CFO of Lawson Pharmaceuticals. The role of the other Lawson brother, Julian, is being recast. Hinkle has been on CBS’ Two And A Half Men since the pilot, playing Alan Harper’s (Jon Cryer) ex-wife Judith. She was originally a regular, transitioning to a recurring status last summer when she co-starred in the HBO pilot Spring/Fall.

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Charlie Sheen On ‘Men’: “Who Cares How It Ended; When It Was Good, It Was Great”

By | Monday June 25, 2012 @ 12:22pm PDT

Charlie Sheen is picking his 24 favorite episodes of Two And A Half Men to air as a 12-hour FX marathon June 28. That leads into the network’s premiere of Sheen’s new series Anger Management, which will air back-to-back episodes immediately after at 9 PM and 9:30. The best part of today’s announcement though is the addition of Sheen’s surprisingly reflective musings on the show he left after his very public meltdown and falling-out with co-creator Chuck Lorre:

Charlie Sheen Two And A Half MenI’ve said, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Being tasked with the opportunity of picking my favorite 24 episodes presented a scenario that was quite the opposite. As I culled through the mass of shows, eight-plus years, I was met with a theme of innocence.

I felt lighter, younger. I could still hear the jokes, and the stories we all told in place of rehearsals. I can still see nine-year-old Angus riding his Razor up and down the camera aisle; his self-appointed surrogate guardian Chuck Lorre watching with pride and also concern. I can hear the echoes of Jon’s genius, Conchata’s laugh, Holland’s leadership and Marin’s quiet grace. And the crew, the amazing crew.

These are the memories that I take from this epic time. Not necessarily the work, but the experiences, the friendships created instantly and over time. I hope viewers share a similar feeling or two and a lot of laughs when they tune in. Who cares how it ended; when it was good, it was great. We were in the middle of something big, the return of the sitcom. We were hungry and we were winning.

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EMMYS: Jon Cryer On ‘Two And A Half Men’

By | Tuesday June 19, 2012 @ 1:47pm PDT

Ray Richmond is a contributor to AwardsLine

Boardwalk EmpireJon Cryer probably deserves an Emmy just for surviving with his sanity intact after the much-publicized tumult of the past 16 months on Two And A Half Men. After losing one co-star (Charlie Sheen) and welcoming another (Ashton Kutcher), Cryer is not only still standing but was rewarded in May with a 10th season pickup by CBS. And after having received six consecutive Emmy noms as a supporting player for his role as Alan Harper (including a win in 2009), the 47-year-old actor has decided to switch categories this year back to lead actor.

AWARDSLINE: Congratulations on the 10th season pickup. You couldn’t have been all that surprised.
JON CRYER: Well, we’ve kind of been thinking of this now as a new show in many respects. Plus, I mean, this business has no rules anymore. I don’t know if you’ve noticed. Nothing makes logical sense in this industry. So you never know. I’m just grateful for another year.

AWARDSLINE: And it feels different now working with Ashton?
CRYER: He’s a terrific guy, and he’s got this oddball sense of humor. I remember when we were getting ready for the first show back, and there was this time in there where Walden (Kutcher) is supposed to walk out nude. We’re wondering how we’ll be able to handle that with a live audience. And Ashton says straight-faced, “I’ve got a huge prosthetic penis in my trailer if you need it.” In fact, he wasn’t even kidding! He had it sitting in his trailer. It had been used in a Punk’d prank. And that’s what we wound up using. Read More »

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‘Anger Management’ Promo Campaign Bets On Conceptual Trailers Over Show Clips

By | Monday June 18, 2012 @ 4:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Last year, the revamped Two And a Half Men with new leading man Ashton Kutcher was the most anticipated premiere of the fall. Now Anger Management, FX’s upcoming comedy starring fired Two And a Half Men star Charlie Sheen, is the highest-tracking new series of the summer among adults 18-49. The two premieres have something else in common — most of their contents have been kept under wraps until the actual broadcast. The Two And a Half Men campaign ran under the “All Will Be Revealed” slogan and didn’t feature any footage from the season premiere. Anger Management is employing a similar strategy, relying on conceptual trailers, like the big-budget Train Wreck one, instead of actual clips from the show. Two weeks before the June 28 debut, FX had rolled out on-air only 3-4 trailers cut from episodes of the series, each of them featuring 10-15 seconds of material, mostly one-liners of Sheen’s character. Of those trailers, only one was available online on the FX site. In the past couple of days, the network has put out the remaining of eight such teasers planned in the campaign. (You can watch one of them below) Compare that to the 3+min trailers the broadcast networks put out for their new series for next season.

The similarity to the pre-launch strategy of post-Charlie Sheen Two And a Half Men was not intentional, FX’s EVP of marketing and on-air promotion Stephanie Gibbons said. “That’s … Read More »

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EMMYS: Chuck Lorre Of ‘Two And A Half Men’, ‘The Big Bang Theory’, ‘Mike & Molly’

Mike Fleming

Boardwalk EmpireChuck Lorre has experienced the lows and highs of network TV situation comedies, from the challenging situation with Grace Under Fire (1993-98) and Cybill (1995-98) to his current status as co-creator and driving force behind a trio of CBS comedies: Two And A Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly. It doesn’t sound like it’s gone according to any kind of plan, and in fact that’s the case, as the sometimes fiery, always funny, veteran showrunner makes clear. If he deserves at least a humanitarian Emmy for surviving the ordeal of Two And A Half Men star Charlie Sheen’s three-and-a-half men meltdown the previous season, he’s been in the game long enough not to expect much.

AWARDSLINE: Let’s start with Two And A Half Men. Why was it important to you to keep it on the air even after part of that eighth season got scratched?
CHUCK LORRE: It wasn’t simply my decision. There were a lot of people involved and so forth. Including, you know, you’ve got Warner Bros. who had a Chuck Lorregreat deal with it, economically, at stake. But by and large there was a family of people that had worked together for eight years and a lot of people were counting on the show continuing for a number of reasons. One was it was a livelihood for a lot of people and we had a great time on it and had a lot of fun doing the show all the time. Read More »

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Chuck Lorre Still Figuring Out ‘Two And A Half Men’ After “Devastating” Charlie Sheen Experience

By | Tuesday June 12, 2012 @ 2:21pm PDT

Charlie Sheen’s attacks on the series Two And A Half Men and its executive producer Chuck Lorre, which led to Sheen’s firing last year, were “heartbreaking”, Lorre said today at the Banff World Media Festival. “The guy was my friend and colleague for 8 1/2 years. I don’t think we ever had an argument.” Lorre says he was proud of the show. “For it to end like that was devastating – I don’t know what to say about it other than I was heartbroken and hurt”, he said. What’s more, he and his colleagues didn’t have a firm game plan when they re-launched the show with Ashton Kucher. “There was no development process,” he says. “We actually made all of our mistakes on television….If you watch the 24 shows we did last year, you can watch us stumbling around trying to figure things out. I think we still are, honestly.” Read More »

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CBS’ 2012-13 Schedule: ‘Two & Half Men’ Moves To Thursday, ‘Mentalist’ To Sunday

By | Wednesday May 16, 2012 @ 5:44am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS 2012 UpfrontsEvery year, CBS goes for a couple of major scheduling moves in anchor slots. This year, it is 2 Broke Girls moving to the tentpole Monday 9 PM position after breaking out at 8:30 PM this season. After seven seasons in the Monday 9 PM slot, Two And A Half Men is moving to the Thursday 8:30 slot behind The Big Bang Theory. That is a role-reversal for the two comedies as Big Bang grew into a hit behind Men on Monday. The 2 Broke Girls move reflects CBS’ strategy to support “shows that have momentum, trying to catch them on the way up,” CBS’ scheduling guru Kelly Kahl said at the network’s press breakfast. As for sending Men to Thursday, “we’ve created a super comedy hour,” Kahl said. Men was brought over because the network had difficulty finding a show as broad as Big Bang for the 8:30 PM slot to create flow on the night and help 9 PM drama Person Of Interest grow.

Kahl took a snipe at ABC, NBC and Fox, which all scheduled single-camera comedies in the Tuesday 9 PM hour, calling the pileup “a comedy Sigalert”. “It’s good to have a drama there,” he said of CBS, which is sticking with NCIS: LA in the slot. CBS’ entertainment president Nina Tassler said it was a toss-up decision which CSI spinoff to cancel, which ultimately came down to whose slot the network found more suitable for The Mentalist as it didn’t want to have any of the veteran CSIs change nights again. “It was about keeping the flow, and Miami was the odd man out,” she said. As for veteran comedy Rules Of Engagement, “we’re still discussing it, no decision has been made,” Tassler said.

Related: CBS Update: ‘Rules Of Engagement’ Talks Down To The Wire, ‘Mentalist’ On The Move

CBS is introducing four new shows in the fall: comedy Partners and dramas Vegas, Elementary and Made In Jersey. The strategy was “protecting our new shows, with all of them having hits in front of them,” Kahl said. Partners follows How I Met Your Mother on Monday, Vegas is behind NCIS: LA on Tuesday, Elementary behind Person of Interest on Thursday and Made In Jersey behind CSI: NY on Friday.

Here’s the CBS 2012-2013 schedule:
(N=New, NT=New Time)

MONDAY

8 PM  HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

8:30 PM  PARTNERS (N)

9 PM  2 BROKE GIRLS (NT)

9:30 PM MIKE & MOLLY

10 PM  HAWAII FIVE-0

TUESDAY

8 PM  NCIS

9 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES

10 PM VEGAS (N)

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‘Two & A Half Men’ Renewed For Season 10

By | Saturday May 12, 2012 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS’ Two And A Half Men has been officially renewed for next season, the veteran comedy’s tenth, after the network has completed a new license fee agreement with series producer Warner Bros. TV. It came after the network closed new one-year deals with stars  Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones. CBS’ renewal announcement acknowledges the change at the helm of 2.5 Men for next season, with co-creator/executive producer Lee Aronsohn stepping down. Along with co-creator/showrunner Chuck Lorre, the comedy will be co-run next season by executive producers Don Reo and Jim Patterson. Another Men executive producer, Eddie Gorodetsky, will continue in its dual capacity as executive producer on Two And A Half Men and consulting producer on one of Lorre’s other two CBS comedy series, The Big Bang Theory. Aronsohn will serve as an executive consultant.

In its current ninth season, the first with Kutcher as star, 2.5 Men has averaged 15 million viewers and a 5.2/13 in adults 18-49 in most current ratings to rank as the No.2 comedy on TV in total viewers and third in 18-49. This is the 19th CBS series renewed for next season and the fifth comedy, alongside How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly and The Big Bang Theory. For my take on the CBS’ bubble series awaiting renewal, you can read my CBS update from last night. Read More »

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