It’s the end of a dynasty! Hm…okay well maybe not a dynasty but definitely an era. After eleven years, three cast changes, and twelve seasons CBS’ hit sitcom Two and a Half Men is coming to an end.
The network made the announcement last Wednesday at the upfront press breakfast. CBS boss Nina Tassler announced that the final season will model after the How I Met Your Mother final season by being a season long event. No offense to the creative individuals writing the show, but I am I the only one who got a little annoyed with an entire season focusing on just one event?
Now we cannot talk about Two and a Half Men without talking about the elephant in the room…Charlie Sheen. Sheen was infamously fired from the show in 2011 for his bizarre antics in his personal life and claiming during every single encounter that he was, “winning.” Chuck Lorre, the show’s producer, gave Sheen chance after chance throughout the show. In February of 2010 filming for the show had to be put on hiatus after Sheen entered a rehabilitation facility. In April of that same year, rumors started swirling that Sheen quit the show claiming a million dollars was not enough for each episode. A month later he was signed to a new contract detailing for each episode Sheen would be paid $1.78 million. In January of 2011 Sheen once again landed in rehab forcing the filming to once again be put on hiatus. In February of 2011 Sheen blasted Lorre in interviews forcing production of season eight to cease. Finally the next month CBS announced Sheen’s termination which resulted with Ashton Kutcher taking his place.
The show is surrounded by infamous interviews and comments. In 2013, when Kutcher was brought in, it seemed that was the end of the show’s troubled past. How wrong we all were… Shortly after Kutcher’s addition to the cast Angus T. Jones, one of the few original cast members left, went on record saying the show was “filth,” and asked his fans not to watch the show. Those comments eventually led to his resignation on the show.
During his time on the show, Sheen was the highest paid actor on television earning $1.8 million an episode. Kutcher, demands a much smaller amount of $700,000. John Cryer is right behind Kutcher with $620,000 an episode.
Let’s see what surprises are in store for this final season. Will the show take a page out of How I Met Your Mother’ book and leave a cliffhanger that creates internet uproar? We will see.