Two and a Half Men will end after Season 12, CBS network confirmed.
“[Producer] Chuck Lorre is creating a season-long event. Chuck is very psyched about this, he’s got some great ideas and very big surprises,” said CBS entertainment executive Nina Tassler.
Nina Tassler didn’t know whether bringing Charlie Sheen’s character back from the dead would be one of the shocks in store.
CBS confirmed the last episode will air in 2015.
Two and a Half Men has seen a number of real-life controversies since it began in 2003. As producers announce it is ending, we take a look back at some of the most talked-about moments.
After months of media reports about his personal life, Warner Bros terminated Charlie Sheen’s contract after “careful consideration” in March 2011.
Production on the show stopped in February after Charlie Sheen insulted producer Chuck Lorre in several interviews.
Two and a Half Men will end after Season 12
In previous weeks, Charlie Sheen had given a number of angry, rambling interviews. He insisted he was drug-free after undergoing rehabilitation earlier in the year.
Charlie Sheen had a contract for $2 million per episode but before his sacking had said he was being paid too little and demanded $3 million.
A court had ordered Charlie Sheen to rehab in 2010 after he pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife at the time, Brooke Mueller Sheen.
Ashton Kutcher, known for his previous roles on That 70s Show and the prank show Punk’d, was announced as Charlie Sheen’s replacement in May 2011.
“I can’t replace Charlie Sheen but I’m going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people,” Ashton Kutcher said at the time.
Ashton Kutcher would later go on to be the highest paid actor on US TV, earning $24 million in 2012 according to the Forbes rich list.
The first episode of Season 9 was watched by 28.7 million people in the US when it was aired in September 2011, giving the show its highest ratings since it began.
It saw Charlie Sheen’s character, Charlie Harper, being killed off, after his real-life sacking from the program.
Old girlfriends turned up at his funeral before it was revealed he had been killed by a Paris Metro train. The episode also saw the arrival of Ashton Kutcher’s character.
Angus T. Jones, the child star of the show, stepped back from Two and a Half Men after describing it as a “filth” and urging viewers not to watch it.
He reportedly made $350,000 an episode.
Angus T. Jones later apologized and appeared in a number of episodes in 2013, before eventually quitting entirely.
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Ashton Kutcher has topped Forbes Highest-Paid Actors List for the second year running, having earned an estimated $24 million for his role in Two and a Half Men.
Not only did he replace Charlie Sheen in the lead role on the hit show, he also took his place at the top of the Forbes TV earnings list in 2012.
Ashton Kutcher’s co-star Jon Cryer jumped from seventh to second, earning $21 million.
Last year Charlie Sheen, who was fired from the CBS show, did not earn enough to get into the top 10.
This year his role in Anger Management saw him make it to joint ninth, with $10 million.
Twenty-year-old Angus T. Jones, who also stars in Two and a Half Men as Jake Harper, made the list taking home an estimated $11 million.
Ashton Kutcher has topped Forbes Highest-Paid Actors List for the second year running
One of those who fell out of the Forbes list was British actor and comedian Hugh Laurie, who last year earned $18 million for his lead role in House.
To make the list Forbes estimated the entertainment-related income of celebrities between June 2012 and June 2013 by talking to agents, managers, producers and executives.
Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey, Dexter’s Michael C Hall and Mark Harmon of NCIS also feature in the top 10.
Forbes Top 10 best paid TV actors:
1 Ashton Kutcher, $24 million
2 Jon Cryer, $21 million
3 Ray Romano, $16 million
4= Neil Patrick Harris, $15 million
4= Mark Harmon, $15 million
6 Patrick Dempsey, $13 million
7= Tim Allen, $11 million
7= Angus T Jones, $11 million
9= Michael C Hall, $10 million
9= Charlie Sheen, $10 million
CBS boss Len Moonves has spoken out about the extraordinary rant unleashed by actor Angus T. Jones on the set of Two and a Half Men and admitted that they now have “other plans” for the show.
Angus T. Jones, 19, who branded the show “filth” in a now viral religious video, is thought to want to show up for the rest of his schedule after January there have been murmurs show bosses are not keen to have him back for a new season as a main character.
And now Len Moonves has confirmed that they’re resolving the issue of Angus T. Jones’ status.
“I don’t know what our status is with him,” Len Moonves told the Wall Street Journal.
“We took this boy who started with us when he was eight years old, and it seemed to be what happens with child stars over the course of time.
“He’s now making $300,000 per week, which is not a bad salary for a 19-year-old kid, and he went on a religious channel and urged people not to watch the show because it was filth. By the way, he’s still collecting his $300,000 a week,” Len Moonves laughed.
And when asked if they were looking for another “half man”, Len Moonves replied: “We have other plans. I don’t think it’s quite been resolved, but after going through what we went through with Charlie Sheen, this is a piece of cake.”
And it might not be too hard for the show to “resolve” Angus T. Jones the way of Charlie Sheen as EW are reporting that if he had the typical non-disparagement clause in his contract, he’s obviously in violation.
Angus T Jones, who branded Two And A Half Men filth in a now viral religious video, is thought to want to show up for the rest of his schedule after January
A source close to the star told People: “Angus expects to report to work after the holiday break in January.
“He intends to honor his contract through the end of the season.”
Angus T. Jones’ character Jake joined the army at the end of season 9 and has only appeared in a few episodes of the current season.
“He won’t be in every episode,” the source added says of the remaining season 10 episodes.
“How much they use him will be up to [creator] Chuck Lorre. The intention wasn’t ever for him to be in every ep this year anyway. Now it might be less.”
Network CBS has yet to pick up the show for season 11.
But sources told E!: “Should Two and a Half Men be renewed, it’s unlikely that Jones will return as a series regular. You might see him for a few guest spots.”
Those closest to Angus T. Jones, who is a Seventh Day Adventist, say the teenager doesn’t want to risk turning into troubled Charlie Sheen so became involved in the church.
“Part of the reason Angus is so wary of the [TV] industry and so involved with the church is that he’s seen what’s happened to Charlie [Sheen] front and center.
“He doesn’t want to end up like that. Who would?” the family friend told E!.
Angus T. Jones issued a statement apologizing, in the most tenuous sense, for making a video branding Two and a Half Men “filth” then entreating viewers to switch off from the show that made him both rich and famous.
In his statement, Angus T. Jones, 19, speaks up for his bosses on the CBS show, by saying: “Chuck Lorre, Peter Roth and many others at Warner Bros. and CBS are responsible for what has been one of the most significant experiences in my life to date.”
The document obtained by TMZ continues: “I thank them for the opportunity they have given and continue to give me and the help and guidance I have and expect to continue to receive from them.”
Without actually taking back anything he said, the teenager attempted to appease his cast: “I apologize 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. I never intended that.”
Meanwhile, Christopher Hudson – the Seventh Day Adventist guiding Angus T. Jones – denied that he was exploiting the actor, as the young star’s mother Carey fears.
Christopher Hudson, who is believed to be in his 40s, confirmed that he recorded the video in the actor’s trailer on the set of Two and A Half Men last week.
Angus T. Jones – who makes $350,000 per episode playing Jake Harper – was seen urging fans to “turn off” the show, saying it would damage their brains.
Angus T. Jones, actor in one of the biggest comedies on US television, Two and a Half Men, has described the show as “filth”, while urging viewers not to watch it.
In a video posted online by a Christian group, Angus T. Jones said he no longer wanted to take part.
Angus T. Jones explained that the show’s raunchy humor conflicted with his recent bible studies.
Angus T. Jones, who has been in the show since he was 10, said viewers should question the impact such programmes had on them.
The clip was posted by the Forerunner Christian Church in California, where Angus Jones, who reportedly makes $350,000 an episode, says he sought spiritual guidance.
“I’m on Two and a Half Men and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it,” he says in the online video.
“Please stop filling your head with filth. Please. It’s, you know, people say it’s just entertainment.”
He adds: “Do some research on the effects of television and your brain and I promise you you’ll have a decision to make when it comes to the television and especially with what you watch on television. It’s bad news. It’s bad news.”
Angus T Jones, actor in Two and a Half Men, has described the show as filth, while urging viewers not to watch it
Warner Bros Television, which produces the show, and CBS, which airs it, has made no comment.
In Two and a Half Men, which has run for nine seasons, Angus T. Jones is the underachieving son of an uptight father, played by Jon Cryer.
The series originally starred Charlie Sheen as the womanizing uncle of Angus T. Jones’s character.
But Charlie Sheen was fired in March last year after a bizarre rant against the show’s lead writer, and Ashton Kutcher replaced him.