On Friday, CBS confirmed on its Twitter that Two And A Half Men would be returning for an eleventh season. However, it’s now been confirmed that the show will have to drop the ‘Half’ part of the equation.
Angus T. Jones will not return for the 11th season of the hit CBS comedy — at least not as a series regular, though he may still do guest-starring appearances. Jones, who plays Jake Harper on the series, has been vocal about his contempt for the content of the series, and the actor initially intended to depart at the end of last season after expressing his desire to go to college. However, a last-minute change of heart saw Jones agree to remain with the show through its tenth season, though the actor appeared only sporadically throughout the run. When Jones railed against the show in a religious testimonial video that went viral in November, it looked as though the actor’s days on the series were numbered, though Jones ultimately apologized for his rant and was able to return to work.
As for the future prospects for the hit series, stars Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer have inked one-year deals to return, at salaries close to what they earned last season — approximately $700,000 per episode for Kutcher and just a bit less for Cryer. But don’t feel bad for series vet Cryer getting shafted in the pay department — he and Kutcher remain TV’s highest-paid actors.
The renewal is no big surprise, nor is the move to secure Kutcher and Cryer for an 11th season, as Two And A Half Men, which was moved from Mondays for the first time in its run, has completely rejuvenated the CBS Thursday night lineup. Not only is it an effective companion with fellow hit The Big Bang Theory, it’s also a strong lead-in for Person Of Interest. CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler has been working to secure an 11th season since January, reaching out to series producer Warner Bros TV. Though negotiations were protracted, they went a lot more smoothly than the hair-pulling drama of last year’s talks with previous star Charlie Sheen. If nothing else, CBS can be thankful for that — and, hopefully, for an actor, in Jones, who doesn’t make a fuss as he leaves.