It appears that Two and a Half Men will live on with…Ashton Kutcher? While it seemed like Hugh Grant was set to take over in the show, he backed out because he couldn’t wrap his head around the idea of doing a television show for a whole year.
Kutcher, meanwhile, is no stranger to television after starring in the FOX comedy That ’70s Show and being the host of Punk’d on MTV. His movie career hasn’t taken off as many had hoped, so a return to television seems like the right move for Kutcher.
While the addition of Kutcher might not keep the ratings where they were with Charlie Sheen, I don’t think the show will ultimately fail either. I doubt we’ll see 13-15 million viewers and 4.0 in the 18-49, but I can see it hitting around 10-12 million and around a 3.0.
Two and a Half Men still has a strong supporting cast that includes Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Marin Hinkle, Holland Taylor, and Conchata Ferrell. They could also possibly bump Ryan Stiles and Courtney Thorne-Smith, who have been on recurring status, to regulars next year to give the show more chances of bringing in steady viewers.
Is that a win for CBS? It is better than the alternative and losing millions of dollars in syndication deals. If the new Kutcher and Cryer version of the show can make it for another two years, I’m sure CBS will be very happy. It’ll just be very important that the show remains very ensemble based, and I think it’ll be just fine.
Do you guys think Ashton Kutcher will help Two and a Half Men? Or…who really cares? Sound off!