Monday, August 15, 2011

Ashton's Not A Charlie

It hasn't taken long for Ashton Kutcher to become the most popular guy among the cast and crew of the tv sitcom Two and a Half Men.
Charlie Sheen's replacement threw an impromptu party for the entire staff after the first day's shooting. With wife Demi Moore riding shot-gun, Ashton was a happy chappie, buying all the drinks... which of course would be chickenfeed for him, as he's earning between US$800k-900k per episode, making him TV's highest-paid sitcom actor.
It's very early days but so far everybody's loving the new guy on the set: he jokes, has no tantrums, he knows his lines. Insiders say nobody is missing Charlie right now. Charlie who...?
Sheen's character, Charlie Harper, will be killed off in the first episode of the upcoming season: he slips in the Paris subway soon after being caught cheating on his wife right after their wedding, is hit by a train and dies. Ashton plays a broken-hearted internet billionaire Walden Schmidt, who'll be introduced in a two-part season opener. CBS is keeping quiet on further details coz "the mystery is part of the marketing."
Two and a Half Men non-fans who're suddenly interested in watching for the first time: consider yourself marketed! Meanwhile on-line surveys indicate staunch fans are reserving judgement for now...

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