Micheal Kelso is back.... well sort of. It was announced today that Ashton Kutcher will replace Charlie Sheen on the hit TV show Two and a Half Men. Warner Brothers ,the company that produces the show, fired Charlie Sheen mid-season after his many issues on and off the set.
In my opinion, this marks the beginning of the end for TV's #1 sitcom. Many thought that while Sheen was a great nuisance, that he would eventually be hired back.With the hire of Ashton Kutcher however it appears that Charlie's run on the show has officially come to an end. With Sheen being the predominate character on the show, in what direction is the show going to go. How will they explain Sheen's character's sudden disappearance on the show?
Very few shows and no sitcoms that I can recall have lasted more than one or two seasons with such a pivotal part(s) of the cast absent. Both Charlie and Ashton have experienced this. After Micheal J. Fox's departure from Spin City at the end of the 4th season, Sheen was hired to replace Fox's role on the show as a new character. Following Fox's departure other cast members left the show and the show ended after if 6th season. Ashton Kutcher along with Topher Grace decided to leave the hit sitcom That 70's Show at the end of the seventh season to pursue other projects. The show lasted only one more season before being canceled.
Shows can never be the same after the the main character decides to leave or, in Charlie Sheen's case , gets the boot. It would be better for the show to end right then instead of trying to continue by adding a new character ( Drew Carrey and The Price is Right). Can Ashton Kutcher and the producers of Two and A Half Men break the trend and extended the show run for more than 2 seasons? Only time will tell.
This will mark Ashton Kutcher's first return to sitcom since the finale That 70's Show, the show that made Kutcher a household name. No word yet in what role Ashton will play on the show.