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Charlie Sheen fans dump on Ashton Kutcher

"Two and a Half Men" premiere

"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.

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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."

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-- Scott Collins
twitter.com/scottcollinsLAT

Photo: Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher in the season premiere of "Two and a Half Men." Credit: Danny Feld / Warner Bros.

 
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