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Ashton Kutcher back for Two And A Half Men's 10th season

Ashton Kutcher in No Strings Attached

Story by Jack Foley

ASHTON Kutcher is returning for more Two And A Half Men now that the popular US sitcom has been officially renewed for a tenth season.

The deal follows protracted talks between Warner Brothers TV, Kutcher and his co-stars Jon Cryer and Angus T Jones and comes a year after the actor replaced Charlie Sheen.

It involves small pay rises for all the principal cast.

The move completes a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the show, whose future looked in doubt amid the furore surrounding Sheen’s sacking after comments he made criticising its producers.

Sheen left on bad terms, forcing the show’s creator Chuck Lorre to find a suitable replacement, and prompting Sheen to confidently predict the show couldn’t survive without him.

As things turned out, an estimated 28.7 million tuned in to see Kutcher’s debut, the show’s highest-ever audience, and while figures settled after initial interest petered out, the series was watched by an average of 15 million viewers, a rise of 13%.

The reneweal will see Kutcher reprising his role as heartbroken internet billionaire Walden Schmidt, who buys Harper’s house after making a suicide attempt.

In what is proving to be a busy period for Kutcher, the actor will also be seen later this year playing Steve Jobs in a film biopic of the late Apple Computers pioneer. Read more

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