‘Two and a Half Men’ Producers Unsure If There Will Be a Tenth Season

Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher on Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Two and a Half Men” managed to successfully reinvent itself when Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen this season. However, that does not mean that the popular sitcom will be back for a tenth season. When the moderator at Monday’s PaleyFest asked Kutcher, who signed a one year deal with the show, if he would be back next year, Kutcher replied, “Here’s the thing. I don’t think the show’s been renewed for next season… I had a great time on the show…I haven’t heard from the powers that be yet.” The show’s creator Chuck Lorre elaborated, “It’s unusual when they cancel a show that’s in the top ten,” adding that everyone’s contract is up. “It’s going to be one of those reinventing the show moments. Everybody has to sign back up.”

Lorre reflected on how unlikely it was that the show was being celebrated a year after Sheen left the show after months of erratic behavior that culminated in a public feud with Lorre. “This is a miracle that we’re here. A year ago today I know we thought the show was over. It was heartbreaking. There was no closure. It was just a very, very dark time. To have the show get reborn like this and have people still enjoy it, and have fun doing it, [it amazes me].”

The raunchy show is continuing to push the envelope with a storyline that has Holland Taylor’s character Evelyn embarking on a lesbian relationship with Alan’s girlfriend’s mother, played by Georgia Engel.  Said Taylor, “Alan and his girlfriend decide to join their two mothers together to see if they get along and then unfortunately, they really get along.”

In terms of guest stars, Lorre envisions Courtney Thorne Smith, who plays Alan’s girlfriend Lyndsey, as a longterm part of the show. “We can’t imagine going forward without Courtney. She’s been great.” Jon Cryer thinks she brings an important dynamic to the show, pointing out that she played the perfect wife on “According to Jim,” “but on this show she’s a mess… She gets to have some fun and be a sloppy alcoholic.”

Lorre said that he would like Patton Oswald to play Walden’s former business partner Billy Stanhope for at least one more episode this season. “We’re getting more into Walden’s world and the software business… We need to explore more about his character.”

For the rest of the season, said Lorre, “There are some milestones coming up at the end of this season of the show including Angus’s character graduating high school and what’s next for the young tater head.” Alan will continue to be impacted by Charlie’s death.  “I never thought it was inappropriate for a man to lose his brother and not mourn him and not have the mourning come late. You’re in shock for a while, and then the loss can hit you late… When you lose a family member it can change you in ways you don’t understand and it puts things on hold. So you revisit the past. We revisited the past a couple times this year with Alan’s character. It’s what you would do as a human being. It’s not a situation comedy. It’s just life.”

Despite the bad blood between them, Lorre spoke warmly of Sheen. “We had eight wonderful years together. I’m not going to pretend it didn’t happen.”

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