With 16 produced and aired episodes, this past eighth season of the CBS comedy Two and a Half Men is eligible for a best comedy series Emmy Award. But the veteran sitcom, which has been the subject of controversy surrounding now-former star Charlie Sheen, won't be in the running. A source at the show's producer Warner Bros. TV confirmed that Two and a Half Men was not submitted for best comedy. According to a show insider, the feeling was that, given the circumstances this past season, Two and a Half Men should not be submitted for consideration in the best comedy series category.
- The 2.5 Men team must be happy about working again.
- Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Conchata Ferrell, Holland Taylor and the rest of the cast must be happy to be moving forward with a co-star who won't upstage them too much. Ashton was a doll on That 70s Show, but he lacks brilliant timing and has a limited range so landing him is not exactly a comedic coup.
- PR workers have a new story to spin. Instead of defense against "Torpedoes of Truth" from Sheen's inexplicably massive Twitter stream, they have a new guy to promote.
- Of course, Ashton's happy. He said signing on is like winning the lottery. with a reported close to a million for each epidode, he's making some pretty big bank in his first year. If the show succeeds in getting renewed for another season, he will take credit, but if it doesn't, he won't carry the lion's share of the blame. That's #winning, for sure. And he didn't even have to drink Tiger's Blood. (I think.) (I hope)
- Airbnb's happy, as Ashton invested in this start-up last week. Kutcher is tech start-up savvy, so Two-and-a-Half Trickledown Economics is sweet for the geeks.
- Advertisers are probably happy. There will be a plethora of eyeballs to sell to, at least during the show's first few episodes as lookie-lous want to see how Kelso will take to his new joint--or will tune in to see if Sheen's predictions of a flop pan out.
- Movie-going audiences like me are happy. Truly, it's a public service if Chuck Lorre can keep Ashton on television and away from the film sets where he has tortured us with bad movie after coughKillerscough bad coughNoStringsAttachedcough movie.
- Sheen himself might even be happy that the show will go on, as his contract purportedly nets him a substantial take whether he's in each episode or not--though between morals clauses and other contractual obligations, it will be a while before the lawyers hash this one out. Which means, as usual, the lawyers are the happiest of all.
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