Sitcom Two and a Half Men will be returning for its 11th season on the CBS television network.
Stars Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer are on board to continue their roles as series regulars (for a staggering $700,000 per episode) on the hit show, but Angus T. Jones will only show up for an occasional guest appearance as his character “Jake Harper” is in the Army.
Jones got into hot water last year when he denounced the show as filth and told people to stop watching. He had a change of heart, apologized, and appeared on the show this past season on a sporadic basis explained by his military service. So, the “half man” will only appear half of the time, or less.
The series is also in heavy rotation in syndication.
Kutcher and Cryer are returning on one-year contracts — thereby leaving the future of the show beyond the upcoming season up in the air — and are said to be the highest-paid actors currently on television. After Charlie Sheen’s well-publicized meltdown and feud with executive producer Chuck Lorre, Kutcher replaced Sheen in season nine of Two and a Half Men.
The sitcom has continued to do well in the ratings despite a change in schedule, which is often a death knell for TV programs. “Two And A Half Men, which was moved away from Mondays for the first time last fall, has helped rejuvenate CBS’ Thursday lineup, proving a very compatible companion to blockbuster The Big Bang Theory and providing a strong lead-in for Person Of Interest.”
The show has been nominated for numerous industry awards over the years; in 2011, Jon Cryer won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series.
Are you a fan of Two and a Half Men? Is the show better or worse with Ashton Kutcher in the cast or has there been no discernible change?