Deal comes as Eye preps for Wed. upfront
CBS has finalized deals with Warner Bros. TV and thesps Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones for a tenth season of “Two and a Half Men.”
Deal had been expected as the veteran CBS comedy defied the odds last season and successfully relaunched with Kutcher after the public meltdown of Charlie Sheen. This time last year, with the upfront approaching, Warners was scrambling to set up a deal with Kutcher.
CBS, which unveils its 2O12-13 sked on Wednesday, would not comment on the length of the pact but it’s likely that the pacts would include some kind of options for subsequent seasons.
However, co-creator Chuck Lorre and others have suggested that season 10 would be its last.
The “Men” stars are among the highest paid thesps in primetime. Kutcher’s new deal is valued in the high six-figures per episode, though not quite the $1.25 million per seg that Sheen pulled in during his last two seasons on the show, which has made a fortune in syndication. CBS took the lead in the renewal talks because it is contractually obligated to cover Warners’ production costs on the long-running hit.
In its ninth season, “Men” has performed admirably, ranking No. 2 among all primetime comedies to ABC’s “Modern Family” in viewers and adults 25-54 and third in adults 18-49. The season preem of “Men” last September racked up an eye-popping 29 million viewers.