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Review: “Two and a Half Men” welcomes Kutcher, and gives Sheen the boot

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Morgan Minyard

Staff writer

This fall season kicked off with a variety of season and series premieres alike. One season premiere in particular had audiences in anticipation: Two and a Half Men.

People across the country were excited to see what the new season had in store. Fans were eager to see what kind of character Ashton Kutcher would play on the hit series, and if he can really fill Sheen’s shoes.

After Charlie Sheen was fired by CBS and Warner Bros from the cast of Two and a Half Men on March 7, no one knew what the future had in store for the show. Sheen was the highest paid actor on television, earning $1.8 million per episode the show.

Even with that success, Sheen was making more headlines for his alcohol and drug abuse rather than for the success of his acting career. Perhaps the last straw that led to Sheen’s firing was when he began to constantly attack the television show’s creator, Chuck Lorre, by posting videos online for the public to view.

On May 13, CBS and Warner Bros announced that Ashton Kutcher would replace Charlie Sheen’s character, Charlie Harper, on the popular series. At first, Sheen would not comment on the recent news about his on replacement, but on Sept 18 at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards Sheen finally spoke his mind about the show and his replacement.

“To everybody here from Two and a Half Men, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season,” Sheen said. “We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television.”

When the season nine premiere kicked off on Sept. 19, it was believed to have been the most-watched episode of in the show’s history. People tuned in for one reason: to meet Ashton Kutcher’s character, Walden Schmidt.

Kutcher’s character was introduced during the half way point in the episode. He plays the role of a tech billionaire who threw himself into the ocean hoping to commit suicide because his wife left him, but finally got out because the water was too cold.  This is how he eventually ends up at the home of Alan, played by Jon Cryer.

Unfortunately, the show was not liked by all. There have been many mixed reactions among fans and critics as to whether they enjoyed the show or not. Some people thoroughly enjoyed Ashton’s energy and comedic style that he brought to the show, while others did not.

“Well, unfortunately between Kutcher’s terrible acting and a horribly written character, it all just felt awkward. Was Walden supposed to be bright like his character and wealth indicated? Because all I saw was the trait that has permeated every character Kutcher has ever played: stupidity,” said television critic Eric Hochberger.

As of right now it is too early to know if the show will still remain a television hit, but one thing is for sure: Kutcher has fans of his own, who will be curious to see how he’s used, and what new energy he brings to the series, while others debate on whether or not Kutcher will be the “Half Man.”

With only two episodes shown so far, the real question is: Is Two and a Half Men still “winning” without Sheen?