During the CBS portion of the TCA summer press tour, president Nina Tassler revealed what everyone has been wondering. Well, not totally, but still: just who is Ashton Kutcher playing on Two and a Half Men?
Walden Schmidt, apparently. Kutcher's Schmidt will be an "internet billionaire with a broken heart," who comes into the lives of Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones when Charlie Sheen's Charlie bolts. Or dies. Tassler would not confirm the reports that Sheen's character will be killed off in the season premiere, but did allow that the premiere will stretch over two episodes.
What did the network learn from the Sheen mess, if anything? "What we learned is that we have an extraordinary cast -- I was at the table red on Monday -- we have extraordinary writers and actors, and there is a great value in hiring an actor like Ashton Kutcher, a talented, funny, gifted actor coming in with tremendous commitment and enthusiasm. What you learn is that the show is brilliantly written, extraordinary produced and you have the opportunity to move forward to create this exciting new character and do a great show."