We all remember Sheen's “winning” and “tiger blood” phase, when his erratic behaviour led to his high-profile departure from what still was one of the highest-rated shows on television. (Quick question: If you actually bought a ticket to Sheen's live tour in 2011, does that seem like a wise investment when you look back at it now?)
Anyway, there were a lot of viewers expressing outrage when Two and a Half Men (CBS, CTV) dared to continue without Sheen. But my position at the time was, “You know what? Two and a Half Men never was Shakespeare. If they can squeeze another season or two or three out of it, why not try?”
Turns out it'll be four post-Sheen seasons.
Kutcher's character, Walden Schmidt, never quite worked for me, and I tend to like Kutcher, so there's no prejudice there. As a colleague pointed out when the Walden character was introduced, self-made billionaires can be weird, but they're never passive, so Walden just didn't ring true.
And the funny thing is, the real star of Two and a Half Men always has been Jon Cryer, who plays Alan Harper.
Regardless, the big question now is, might Sheen return in some form and at some point in the final season? His character, Charlie Harper, is supposed to be dead, but this is TV. CBS president Nina Tassler was cagey when asked about it on Wednesday, saying, “(Series creator Chuck Lorre) has a lot of surprises in store, I don't know if that's one of them.”
Ironically, the person who might be the most happy about Two and a Half Men coming to an end is the half-man himself, Angus T. Jones. He caused a controversy in 2012 when he referred to himself as a “paid hypocrite” because Two and a Half Men is “filth.”
No need to be furious about the filth any more, Angus. Two and a Half Men's number is up.