Two and a Half Men season 9 not only introduced Ashton Kutcher as internet billionaire Walden Schmidt, but also aired the first episode without the charismatic jingle-writer, Charlie Harper. What if you get to see all three of them — Alan, Charlie, and Walden — come together for a reboot? Madness? We think so too!
- Two and a Half Men season 9 premieres with a bang
- Could Walden fill in the shoes of Charlie?
- A Two and a Half Men reboot with Alan, Walden, Charlie?
Two and a Half Men season 9 premieres with a bang
Season 9 of Two and a Half Men premiered on 19 September 2011, with a record-breaking 27.8 million viewers. That was nearly a 90% jump from last season which premiered with 14.6 million viewers. Sheen’s firing from the show in 2011 seemed to have soured fans, resulting in a severe dip in season 8’s finale.
Thus, fans were really curious to see how successfully Kutcher would manage to replace Sheen. The episode begins with Charlie’s funeral, where Alan delivers a heartfelt eulogy. After coming home, Alan decides to sprinkle Charlie’s remains on the beach.
That is when he meets Walden Schmidt. The two of them then get to talking and Walden reveals how his wife Bridget is not willing to take him back. Alan and Walden then go out for drinks and at the bar, they pick up two women. Later that night, the ladies have a threesome with Walden in Charlie’s bedroom. Charlie Harper would have definitely called him a huge slut.
Had Charlie been alive, he would have practically adopted Walden for being a reflection of his younger, wilder days. Interestingly, Ashton Kutcher’s character wasn’t even Chuck Lorre’s first option. Hugh Grant was approached to play Charlie Harper. However, things didn’t work as planned and that is when the decision to introduce a brand new character was taken.
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Could Walden fill in the shoes of Charlie?
When Kutcher joined the cast of Two and a Half Men, the question that bugged fans the most was “Will Walden be able to fill in the shoes of Charlie?” Recently, Kutcher also revealed how the character of Walden Schmidt wasn’t exactly what he had signed up for. Curious? Here’s what we know.
On the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast, Kutcher revealed: “I went and met with Chuck Lorre, and he seemed like a really smart guy, and he had an idea for this character that I thought was really interesting, which wasn’t the character that I ended up [playing]. I got the script and was like, ‘Well, that’s not what we talked about.’ But he had an idea for this character I thought was interesting, and he was like ‘Are you ready?’ and I was like ‘What do you mean?’ He’s like well ‘This is going to be a big story and a big thing.’ I was like, ‘What’s going to happen?’ I mean worst-case scenario, the guy is gonna shit-talk me and then what? So, I was like okay, and I just decided to do it and had a really good time.”
Kutcher had done four seasons of the sitcom, before it finally went off air in February 2014. But unfortunately, his character also didn’t go down well with the critics. Not mincing his words, “The Hollywood Reporter’s” chief TV critic Tim Goodman said, “I couldn’t quite figure out if Kutcher was going for vacant, naïve, nerdy or astonishingly dumb (for a character who is a billionaire), because I’ll never watch this show by choice again.”
A Two and a Half Men reboot with Alan, Walden, Charlie?
Alan-Charlie chemistry? A roaring hit. Alan-Walden chemistry? Not so pleasing. Alan? A genius. Charlie? Hard to resist. Walden? Smouldering. Alan-Walden-Charlie? We can expect fireworks.
Fans would agree, Sheen was always the one majorly uplifting the chemistry between his character Harper and Jon Cryer’s Alan. Although Alan is the funniest on the show, Charlie made everyone else look good. Essentially, Alan and Charlie were a team and their quick repartee made Two and a Half Men the raging sensation that it was.
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But Ashton Kutcher’s internet billionaire Walden Schimdt’s character was plain dumb. Even Kelso in That 70s Show was dumb, but he had something that Walden didn’t — a charm. For almost a decade, Charlie, with his signature straight-face humour, held the fort for Two and a Half Men.
But with Walden, the makers had to fill that hole with cheap jokes and meaningless gags. They even made Alan and Walden kiss! We wish Charlie Harper was there on the show to save fans from the cringe-fest that the last four seasons of Two and a Half Men became.
But, if all three of them agree to come on board, the show will probably have to be rechristened to Three Full-Grown Men. Would you be up for this crazy reboot? Tell us in the comments below!