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 … 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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … 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 Read More »

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‘Two And A Half Men’ Co-Showrunner Lee Aronsohn Steps Down, Don Reo & Jim Patterson To Replace Him

By | Tuesday May 1, 2012 @ 2:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Two And A Half Men, whose renewal by CBS is now a formality after stars Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones all have reached deals in principal to return, is reshuffling the showrunner deck for Season 10. Executive producer Lee Arohnson, who co-created Men with Chuck Lorre and has been co-running the series with him for the past nine seasons, is stepping down. Serving as co-showrunners alongside Lorre next season will be sitcom veterans Don Reo and Jim Patterson, who have served as executive producers on Two And A Half Men this season. 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. Going forward, Aronsohn will serve as an executive consultant.

Related: ‘2.5 Men’s Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer And Angus T. Jones Set To Return Next Season

UTA-repped Patterson has been on Men since Season 2, rising through the ranks to executive producer this season. Paradigm-repped Reo, who previously co-created and ran ABC’s sitcom My Wife And Kids, served as a consulting producer on Men last season before joining full-time as executive producer this season. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Posts First Monday Night Demo Win Against ‘The Voice’

By | Tuesday May 1, 2012 @ 10:09am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Two And A Half Men‘s first demo victory over NBC’s The Voice two weeks ago was not a fluke. In the two shows’ followup original-to-original face-off last night, Men (3.7/9 in adults 18-49 vs. 3.5/9 for The Voice) won again, this time by a wider margin. Men, which featured Kathy Bates as Charlie Harper’s ghost, was even with the fast nationals for its last new episode two weeks ago (down a tenth from the final), while The Voice was down 5% from its fast national last week (8% from the final) to hit a performance show low. There were two other firsts for CBS last night. Rookie 2 Broke Girls (3.5/9) tied The Voice for the first time and CBS finished No.1 on the night in 18-49 with regularly scheduled programming for the first time since The Voice launched on Monday after the Super Bowl. Read More »

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‘2.5 Men’s Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer And Angus T. Jones Set To Return Next Season

By | Tuesday May 1, 2012 @ 8:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Two And A Half Men Contracts CBSEXCLUSIVE: The leading men of CBS‘ veteran comedy Two And A Half Men are staying put. I’ve learned that Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones, whose contracts were up at the end of this season, are inches away from an agreement in principal for new one-year deals that will bring them back for next season — the series 10th and second with Kutcher as the star after he replaced Charlie Sheen. Word is that the trio are returning at their current salaries, with all three getting signing bonuses. Kutcher is believed to be earning about $700,000 per episode, Cryer a bit less and Jones $300,000 an episode. Jones’ bonus at the last contract re-upping was $500,000.

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Charlie Sheen Acts Up For Marty Singer

By | Wednesday April 18, 2012 @ 9:38pm PDT

Keeping it classy, Charlie. Sheen made a ‘surprise’ appearance tonight as the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Entertainment Law Section honored Marty Singer as its Entertainment Lawyer Of The Year. Singer, of course, represented Sheen during the legal war with Warner Bros and executive producer Chuck Lorre over the actor’s messy exit from the hit CBS TV series Two And A Half Men. Alluding to that battle, Sheen claimed onstage, “I never screwed any hooker as hard as Marty screwed Warner Brothers. I got a 100 million reasons to say thank you to Marty.” Sheen then stopped and assured the Lavely & Singer litigator, “Marty, I didn’t write this shit.” Longtime Singer client Tom Arnold emceed the dinner, whose celeb guests included Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Dog The Bounty Hunter in person at the Beverly Hills Hotel. William Friedkin and Sharon Stone were guest speakers, as were last year’s honoree Ken Kleinberg and Singer’s daughter Jacqueline. Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Scarlett Johannson, Priscilla Presley, Don Rickles, Paula Abdul and publicists Stan Rosenfield and Paul Bloch appeared in a tribute video to Singer. Earlier in the evening, Jeff Goldblum narrated a video about the history of the BHBA. “Here, tonight, I recognize some of the people I sued,” Singer joked. Read More »

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