Ashton Kutcher has maintained that he is not interested in doing a reboot of ‘Two and A Half Men’, but this still does not mean that Charlie Sheen will be considered if a reboot was, indeed, to materialize.
Created by Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn, ‘Two and a Half Men‘ was one of the most successful comedies to have ever been produced by CBS. The situational comedy had an impeccable run of 12 seasons between 2003 and 2015 and was one of the most revenue-generating shows for its network. The series maintained high ratings throughout its telecast with a spectacular viewership between 10 and 17 million people. It still has fans around the world and is one of the most-streamed comedies on OTT platforms. During its first eight seasons, ‘Two and a Half Men’ was led by Charlie Sheen and was later taken over by Ashton Kutcher for its final four seasons. Considering how it is the season of revivals and reboots, is the hit sitcom next in line?
- The Harper household was never a dull one
- The off-screen drama that culminated into Charlie Sheen’s dismissal
- Kutcher or Sheen: Who will it be if a reboot happens?
The Harper household was never a dull one
The series followed the life of Charlie Harper (Sheen), a carefree, single man fond of having casual relationships with beautiful women. He let his brother, Alan (Jon Cryer), and nephew, Jake (Angus T. Jones), move in with him after Alan’s divorce. The adventures these three had frequently ensued hilarious situations. During season 8, Sheen’s behaviour on the sets became increasingly dysfunctional, and he also went ahead and gave some extremely damaging interviews against the creator of the show, Lorre. He was subsequently fired from the series and his character was killed off.
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To ensure that the success of the show continued, the makers roped in Ashton Kutcher who then led the show for four more hit seasons. He was introduced as an IT billionaire, Walden Schmidt, who bought Charlie’s house and let Alan and Jake continue living there.
The series managed to secure strong ratings throughout its 12 seasons and remained a fan-favourite despite receiving mixed reviews from critics.
The off-screen drama that culminated into Charlie Sheen’s dismissal
In 2011, Sheen was struggling with sex and drug addiction and was consistently finding himself in and out of rehab. He began displaying signs of bipolar disorder and things took a turn for the worse when he went ahead and gave a string of problematic interviews saying how he himself was a winner and show-runner Lorre was “stupid” and “a clown”.
He was quoted saying, “I didn’t care about that vanity card, I went straight home and dispelled that, that was actually one of the few compliments that clown has paid me in frickin’ almost a decade”, Sheen said on the show. “I embarrassed him in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that his un-evolved mind cannot process … I’ve spent, I think, close to the last decade, I don’t know, effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold. And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write”. Viewers of this interview noticed Sheen’s erratic behaviour and symptoms of mental unsoundness.
All these interviews ultimately led to his dismissal from the sitcom and had quite a damning impact on his career.
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Kutcher or Sheen: Who will it be if a reboot happens?
Kutcher has previously expressed in interviews how the character he had initially said yes to was quite different from the character he ultimately played. This definitely must have created a trust issue between him and Lorre. He has maintained over the years that he isn’t really interested in doing a reboot of the hit sitcom. Kutcher organised his own mini-reunions on his 2014 Netflix series ‘The Ranch’, where multiple stars from ‘Two and a Half Men’ and even ‘That ’70s Show’ appeared.
However, that still does not mean Sheen has much of a chance. First of all, his character was killed off on the show. Also, despite apologising publicly for his misbehaviour, it is safe to say the Sheen still doesn’t really share the best relationship with Lorre and that further diminishes his chances of being a part of the reboot if it happens. It will be interesting to see how things play out if the makers decide to start working on a possible reboot. Till then, let us all be patient and keep bingeing on ‘Two and a Half Men’ reruns.
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