Charlie Sheen fans dump on Ashton Kutcher
"Two and a Half Men" may have hit record ratings with Ashton Kutcher this week, but fans of his predecessor aren't about to extend a winning welcome to the CBS sitcom's new star.
"Boring," wrote one commenter on Show Tracker, reflecting the views of a vast majority, at least online. "Bring Charlie back."
"Kutcher couldn't deliver a joke if it were gift-wrapped," sniped another.
Kutcher replaced Sheen on the No. 1-ranked comedy after Sheen's well-publicized drug battles and verbal attacks on his bosses led to his firing earlier this year. Kutcher plays Walden Schmidt, a lonely tech billionaire.
Some professional TV critics were kinder, if not exactly effusive. The Los Angeles Times' Robert Lloyd wrote that the premiere was "promising," adding: "Kutcher brings a softness as well as a sense of rude health –- he was naked for much of the show –- to a series that could often be brittle and sour, misanthropic and misogynistic, and temperamentally middle-aged."
But Kutcher has his work cut out for him with Sheen fans, who have already initiated the inevitable backlash.
"Chemistry counts," wrote another commenter. "They had it with Charlie, and I don't see it with Ashton. ... Sorry to say it, but Charlie may be winning after all."
-- Scott Collins
Photo: Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher in the season premiere of "Two and a Half Men." Credit: Danny Feld / Warner Bros.