Cryer on New ‘Men’: It’s Different, But the Same Too

Jon Cryer welcomes newcomer Ashton Kutcher to "Two and a Half Men" (Photo: CBS)

Jon Cryer welcomes newcomer Ashton Kutcher to "Two and a Half Men" (Photo: CBS)

Jon Cryer reveals some details about the new “Two and a Half Men” while keeping mum about other behind-the-scenes tidbits in a new interview posted on

It’s all part of the network’s effort to drum up excitement for the newly revamped show without spilling too many actual plot points before Ashton Kutcher makes his debut Sept. 19 as Charlie Sheen’s replacement.

Here are just a few of the many topics Cryer addresses:

On Comedy Central’s Charlie Sheen roast: “I’m not participating in any way. I’ll DVR it, out of curiosity.”

On how long “Two and a Half Men” will acknowledge the “death” of Charlie Harper (Sheen): “The history of the show does not go away at all. It will be dealt with all through the first season. It’s not, ‘Oh, that character’s gone, let’s forget completely about him.’ There will be ramifications all through the season. We’re not taking this into a new universe where the first show didn’t exist.”

On how the show is different: “It’s such a strange combination of the same show and a completely new show. All of us on the set keep referring to the first episode back as the ‘pilot’ by mistake. [Showrunner] Chuck [Lorre] and I were standing around joking about trying to pitch this show and how ridiculous it would sound to a development executive: ‘The guy’s been divorced and his brother just passed away, but he meets this billionaire with a broken heart and . . . ’ It’s like, I would never buy that show. But it’s working amazingly well.”

On how the show remains the same: “If you found it deeply offensive before, it’s still deeply offensive. That’s a promise we made to our audience and we intend to keep it!”

“Two and a Half Men” starts for its new season on Monday, Sept. 19, at 9/8c on CBS.

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