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Will Ashton Kutcher's new role lead to an Emmy for 'Men'?

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Believe it or not, the crass, lowbrow "Two and a Half Men" has actually performed fairly well at the often snooty Emmys. Former lead actor Charlie Sheen netted four Emmy nominations between 2006 and 2009, while costar Jon Cryer won for supporting actor in 2009. Three times it was nominated for best comedy series (2006-2008). Now that Ashton Kutcher has propelled the series to its highest-ever ratings (27.7 million), award pundits wonder: Could Kutcher win "Men" its first lead actor Emmy?

The last time a TV series switched out its main star and received awards attention was when James Spader replaced Dylan McDermott on "The Practice." Spader went on to win the lead drama actor race in 2004, and when his character was spun off to "Boston Legal," he won two more trophies (2005 and 2007). Ironically, when Sheen replaced Michael J. Fox on the sitcom "Spin City," Sheen went on to win a Golden Globe.

Award shows clearly take notice whenever lead actors are replaced, and no replacement has received more buzz, attention and ratings recently than Kutcher. The former "That '70s Show" star has never been nominated for a major award, though he has reaped a slew of Razzie nods including: worst actor for "Cheaper by the Dozen" (2004), worst screen couple (with Brittany Murphy) for "Just Married" (2004), worst screen couple (with Cameron Diaz) for "What Happens in Vegas" (2009) and worst actor for "Killers" (2010) and "Valentine's Day" (2010).

While the jury is still out on whether Kutcher's role as lovelorn Walden Schmidt on "Two and a Half Men" is worthy of a serious award, critics who watched his highly anticipated return to television Monday night had mixed reviews. Snippets:

Ken Tucker (Entertainment Weekly): "It’s easy to see how Kutcher is going to fit into the ensemble. He’s part-contrast-to-Charlie (he ordered ginger ale, not liquor, while out at a bar with Alan), and part-Charlie 2.0 (he beds women with ease, but in a nice, horny-puppy-dog kind of way). Welcome to Charlie Sheen’s world, Ashton Kutcher. You’re living the dream."

Lori Rackl (Chicago Sun-Times): "Filling the void left by a well-established character isn't easy, but Kutcher mostly succeeded.... After eight long seasons, the show might end up being better off with some new blood -- of the non-tiger variety."

Eric Ditzian (MTV): "Nothing's changed. Ashton Kutcher may have joined the cast, but the same collection of writers is still churning out jokes about threesomes, venereal diseases and flatulence."

Joe Flint (Los Angeles Times): "I thought Ashton Kutcher was fine on 'Two and a Half Men,' but I'd be lying if I didn't say I missed that Vatican assassin Charlie Sheen."

David Eckstein (Zap2it): "The only question no one knows the answer to yet is whether the Ashton Kutcher experiment will work. Time will tell."

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Photo: Ashton Kutcher with Jon Cryer in "Two and a Half Men." Credit: CBS


Poll: What do you think of 'Two and a Half Men' quitting the Emmy race?

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Warner Bros. execs confirm the news that "Two and a Half Men" has not been submitted in the Emmy race for best TV comedy series, but they will not comment further.

It's easy to guess why they chose to bench the show this year. If it gets nominated for best comedy series as it did three times in the past (2006-2008), that would be perceived as approval of star Charlie Sheen's antics behind the scenes. That would be hugely embarrassing to Warner Bros.

But does the studio have an unwritten obligation to submit the show and let the voters decide? After all, there are hundreds of other people who contribute to "Two and a Half Men" besides Charlie Sheen. (One of them is even TV academy chairman John Shaffner, who is the series' production designer.) They're all still eligible to compete in their own peer-group categories. "Two and a Half Men" scribes, for example, are still in the running for best comedy writing. But is it fair to remove the whole show from the comedy series contest just because of the shenanigans of one actor?

Arguably, the program's producers just don't believe the show was at its best this year, creatively speaking, so they don't wish to enter it for that reason. In other words, this decision isn't just a slap at Sheen but rather a realistic acknowledgment that the whole team wasn't operating at peak form last year while battling embarrassing inner turmoil, so they'd like to sit out this year's Emmy derby.

Or maybe this decision is a preemptive strike? Maybe producers pulled out because they knew they had no chance at being nominated in the top race after all the recent hubbub over Sheen?

— Tom O'Neil

Photo: CBS


Poll: Will Ashton Kutcher be a real winner on 'Two and a Half Men'?

Ashton Kutcher newsCharlie Sheen was nominated four times for best comedy actor at the Emmys and twice at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards for "Two and a Half Men," but he didn't win for that role. Now comes news that he'll be replaced by Ashton Kutcher, who was never nominated for "That '70s Show" -- or for much else, for that matter. Kutcher isn't quite a darling of showbiz awards unless, ahem, you count that Razzie he "won" earlier this year as worst actor for "Killers" and "Valentine's Day."

But now we must wonder: Could Kutcher be nominated -- and, egads, even win a serious Hollywood award -- in place of Sheen on "Two and a Half Men"?

The idea isn't as preposterous as it may seem at first blush. Sheen won a Golden Globe when he replaced Michael J. Fox on "Spin City." So maybe Kutcher might nab a Globe nom or win, if he fails to reap Emmy or SAG love?

In our message boards, I asked our readers if they think Kutcher might score Emmy attention. Sample responses below. See more here.

seanflynn: Kutcher is a very talented comedy actor -- certainly far more than Sheen was before getting on this show. He has been burdened by inferior movies for the most part, and I'm not saying that with Cary Grant material you'd ever approach that level, but to the question, sure I think he could easily be an Emmy contender.

Brilliance inmorbid: The only reason "2.5 Men" received the Emmy recognition it has is because at one point it was by far the highest-rated sitcom on TV. Times have changed, and with the exception of Jon Cryer and Holland Taylor voters aren't looking for this show any longer. However, lead actor in a comedy has been so weak these past couple of years that Kutcher could slip in there. There are too many variables to guess right now.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Ashton Kutcher in "That '70s Show." Credit: 20th Century Fox TV


Poll: Should Charlie Sheen host the Oscars?

Charlie sheen platoon"It's Charlie Sheen's time!" roared Bruce Vilanch when Village Voice wag Michael Musto asked him who should host the next Academy Awards show.

Vilanch, who's been on the writing team of many Oscar telecasts, was partly joshing, of course. He first started to answer the question by saying, "I think there might be a revival of Billy Crystal. It was such a success. They were so happy to see him that even as we speak, they're sending a gold wagon to his house: 'Please come back!' My guess is they'll go back to a comedian — maybe just one person, so you don't have to worry about servicing two."

But maybe Sheen's not such a crazy idea. He has received four Emmy nominations for starring in "Two and a Half Men" and currently he's honing his stand-up chops while on tour with his "Torpedo of Truth" act. He's also got Oscar cred. Sheen starred in "Platoon," which won best picture of 1986, and he appeared in "Wall Street" (1987) opposite Michael Douglas, who won a lead actor statuette for his performance in that Oliver Stone drama.

Sheen would certainly draw TV viewership, but that probably wouldn't be enough to convince academy chiefs to take a chance on a star who's such a notorious wild card, especially in light of his recent behavior.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger in 1986 best picture Oscar winner "Platoon." Credit: 20th Century Fox


Steve Carell: Goodbye, 'The Office' -- Hello, Emmy?

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Steve Carell has never won an Emmy, but now four of our six forum moderators believe he'll finally prevail for his final season in "The Office" -- Marcus Dixon, Darrin Dortch, Rob Licuria and Matt Noble. According to their newly updated rankings in the Emmy race for lead comedy actor, our moderators are split on who else may be out front to win: Chris Beachum believes two-time champ Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") will triumph again while Matthew Cormier is betting on the return of last year's champ Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory").

Of course, it all comes down to the strength of the sample episode that the nominees decide to submit to the Emmy jury. Most of our pundits are betting on Carell because they assume he'll submit Michael's sweet marriage proposal to Holly (Amy Ryan) or else, if it's strong enough, his final farewell to the Dunder Mifflin gang.

Notice how many of our Emmy pundits believe Ed O'Neill ("Modern Family") will move up to the lead race after he failed to be nominated last year in supporting. Such a switch is speculation, not official. Also notice how none of our pundits includes past nominee Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men") in their rankings. How telling is that, eh?

-- Tom O'Neil

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Emmys: Should Jon Cryer move up to the lead comedy actor race for 'Two and a Half Men'?

Jon Cryer Two and a half Men EmmyAfter reading my recent riff on the question of whether "Glee" star Chris Colfer should jump up to the lead Emmy race from the supporting comedy actor competition, our forums moderator, Matt Noble, pondered another possible category switcheroo.

Should Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men") -- who won best supporting comedy actor two years ago -- move up? There's a lot of room in the lead-actor category. Only three contenders look like shoo-ins for a nomination: Steve Carell (who's never won for "The Office"), Alec Baldwin (won twice for "30 Rock") and last year's champ Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"). Matt Noble sends us his thoughts below:

With three open slots in the lead actor race, it seems like it could be a category worth competing in. There is talk that Chris Colfer and Ed O'Neill should perhaps take advantage of the field and promote themselves. However, it seems like the best person to step up to the plate is actually Jon Cryer from "Two and a Half Men."

Firstly, Cryer has always had a prominent role in the series. The argument has been made every year that, as one of the show's "two men," he was entitled to the lead category.

He has already won once in supporting and likely wouldn't be able to beat the tough field there to win again. His chance of winning lead actor is also minimal, but he has little to lose by going up.

Charlie Sheen's public self-destruction makes this a smart move. Sheen has been nominated three times before, but missed out last year. Now voters aren't going to flock to him after his meltdown. With all the "Two and a Half Men" drama over the past year, Jon Cryer can be the person the academy can rally 'round. Giving Cryer a nom over Sheen is a way out of the current fiasco –- it acknowledges "Two and a Half Men" in a top category without rewarding Sheen.

It would also work well for CBS, which may be trying to promote the show next year without Sheen.

It seems like a move up would mean that Cryer, the Academy and CBS could all end up "winning" even if all Cryer gets is a nomination.

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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Jon Cryer with his Emmy in 2009. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times


Poll: Should 'Two and a Half Men' dump Charlie Sheen at the Emmys?

Every year, Charlie Sheen's name gets submitted for Emmy competition by Warner Bros. TV, which produces "Two and a Half Men." The studio and CBS don't have to submit his entry form to the TV academy. Considering that they just fired Sheen from the series, should they even bother? Heck, they'd save the $200 entry fee.

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Sheen has been nominated four out of the first seven seasons of the show (2006-2009), so it is certainly possible that Emmy voters might nominate him again. Would that be a good thing for producer Chuck Lorre and the top brass at Warner Bros. and CBS?

Can you imagine Sheen's comments on the Emmy red carpet or in the weeks leading up to the ceremony? If he gets a nomination, he might claim that it's the industry's endorsement of Team Sheen over Team "Men." Would an Emmy bid help him in his legal battle against the studio and network? The lack of placement on the ballot could be considered a slap at their leading star and the highest-paid person on any series.

Of course, Sheen doesn't have to rely on anyone to submit his name for Emmy competition. He or his reps can do it. Quite a few stars handle the responsibility themselves, but they must be attentive. Tim Allen and Rebecca Romijn were famously left off the ballot in years past because they forgot to fill out the paperwork.

The ultimate snub could come from Emmy voters, however. Indeed, they ignored him last year after nominating him the previous four years.

Two days ago, The Envelope asked Warner Bros. execs via email if they plan to submit Sheen's name this year and so far they have not replied.

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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: CBS


Who will host the Emmys: Ryan Seacrest ... or Charlie Sheen?

Can anybody wrestle away the next Emmy Awards hosting job from Ryan Seacrest? With the 2011 ceremony rotating back to Fox, the smart money is probably on Seacrest to host again.

The last time Fox had the Emmys, in 2007, Seacrest hosted to decent reviews (even though the theater-in-the-round format was blasted by celebrities in attendance). However, the following year on ABC was handled in the worst way by Seacrest and the other reality-show-host nominees.

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Academy officials, Emmy producers and Fox have an interesting selection of possible hosts from which to choose, especially following incredible emcee jobs by Neil Patrick Harris in 2009 and Jimmy Fallon in 2010.

Assuming Fox wants one of its own stars in the job (in order of possibility):

RYAN SEACREST -- Host of the network's biggest franchise, "American Idol"; might be in his contract that the gig is his when the show airs on Fox.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS -- Hosted to great acclaim on CBS in 2009; his show, "How I Met Your Mother," is actually produced by Fox even though it airs on CBS.

"GLEE" CAST MEMBERS -- The most popular scripted program on Fox might offer up a combination of Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison (or Morrison and Lea Michele). At the very least, expect the cast to perform a song or medley of tunes on the telecast.

HUGH LAURIE -- Well known as a variety and comedy performer in his native Britain before switching to the dramatic "House M.D." in America.

SIMON COWELL -- Fox will be launching Cowell's new "The X Factor" shortly after the Emmy Awards (a show key to future success for the network).

SETH MacFARLANE -- The creator of "Family Guy" has hosted the two most recent celebrity roasts on Comedy Central.

Other possibilities if Fox doesn't mind someone from another network (in order of possibility):

JIMMY FALLON -- One of the best Emmy hosts in recent memory; great combo of comedy, music, sketches and filmed pieces.

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Uh-oh! Russell Brand professes 'love' for Charlie Sheen

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Those notorious rascals Charlie Sheen and Russell Brand share more than just mutual admiration. On Monday, while being honored at Cosmopolitan's Fun Fearless Male Awards in New York, Brand said, "I love Charlie Sheen. He's a good bloke."

Charlie Sheen certainly hearts Brand too. He told Britain's Sun that Brand is a "mad genius," adding, "He's a gift to all things galactic and extragalactic. He's got liquid magic. You don't speak to him. You just absorb him. He really doesn't care what people think, but they think he's awesome and they're right. He's awesome every second of every day because he's a winner."

Sheen confessed that he was tempted to "hijack" Brand's recent stint on "Saturday Night Live" but was dissuaded by his advisors. Brand says he believes Sheen wasn't bluffing.

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Left photo: Russell Brand. Photo credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images.

Right photo: Charlie Sheen. Photo credit: Rick Wilking / Reuters.


Remember Charlie Sheen's 'sober acid trip'?

Throughout his 30-year career, Charlie Sheen has won only one major showbiz award: the Golden Globe for ABC's "Spin City" -– a victory that surprised him so much that he called it "a sober acid trip."

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Back in 2002, Charlie Sheen was considered a longshot to win best TV comedy actor. His competition included Tom Cavanagh ("Ed"), Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier"), Eric McCormack ("Will and Grace") and Frankie Muniz ("Malcolm in the Middle"). He had just replaced the beloved Michael J. Fox, who was battling Parkinson's disease. Fox had been such a Globes fave that he was nominated four consecutive times and won three trophies.

Sheen had some big shoes to fill, and by awarding him the win, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. decided that he filled them just fine. Strangely, the Emmys didn't follow suit. They didn't even bother to nominate Sheen for "Spin City," so the Globe win truly was a special moment for the one-time party boy who seemed to be getting his act together.

Sheen devoted his Globes acceptance speech to thanking lots of people, including Fox, his bosses at DreamWorks Television and ABC, his costars Barry Bostwick, Heather Locklear, Michael Boatman, Richard Kind and Alan Ruck, his parents and his fiancee, Denise Richards, who later would become his second of three wives.
 
Sheen gave the audience a chuckle when he said that the shocking win felt like a "sober acid trip." Nine years later, the joke doesn't seem as funny.

On Monday, Sheen's people informed TMZ that his contract with CBS stated he's to be paid for the duration of "Two and a Half Men's" run, whether or not he actually appears on the laffer. They're calling it the "Michael J. Fox clause," alluding to a similar contract between Fox and "Spin City." After Fox left that show in 2000 and was replaced by Sheen, Fox continued to receive a paycheck until ABC eventually pulled the plug on the sitcom in 2002.

When Sheen signed his "Two and a Half Men" contract back in 2003, the same clause was apparently put into effect. In other words, even though Sheen is out, he could still collect payment for all future episodes. Talk about winning. But will that contract hold up since he was fired? That's one the lawyers will be battling out.

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— Tom O'Neil

Photo: Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.



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