Two and a Half Men, starring Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer, will end after the upcoming 12th season, CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler confirmed. The long-running sitcom, which also formerly starred Angus T. Jones and Charlie Sheen has survived the type of turmoil and drama that usually quickly ends a series. Originally centering around the Harper brothers (Cryer and Sheen), the show earned a huge multi-year deal with CBS in 2010 after keeping between 13-16 million viewers every season.
The show hit its first bump in 2011 when the show’s star Charlie Sheen entered drug rehab and made negative comments about Two and a Half Men creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre. CBS and Sheen’s contracted terminated soon after. Losing your biggest star was not enough for CBS to call it quits; instead they killed off his character at the start of the 9th season and introduced a new leading character, Walden Schmidt, played by the Ashton Kutcher.
Another hiccup occurred while Angus T. Jones was dropped down to a recurring role while he attended college in real life, but didn’t make a single appearance in Season 11. The hyper-religious actor spoke out against the show, claiming that the show was “bad news” and that he wanted off the show. CBS solved the problem by sending his character off to Japan and replacing Jones with Amber Tamblyn. Tamblyn played a long-lost lesbian daughter of Sheen’s deceased character who shows up at the Harper residence.
Through all of this very public drama, the show was able to maintain an amazing amount of viewers and solid ratings through 11 seasons. Two and a Half Men has won nine Primetime Emmy Awards, including two Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series statues for Jon Cryer. Lorre promised fans after the announcement was made that they would receive a “season-long event” to give a proper ending to the beloved sitcom.