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Upfronts 2012: CBS unveils fall schedule; 'Men' moves to Thursday

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With one of the strongest schedules in broadcast television, CBS made relatively few moves for the upcoming fall season, shifting four returning shows to different nights and picking up three dramas and a sitcom.

The new shows, which CBS executives outlined to reporters at a breakfast in New York on Wednesday morning, are: "Vegas," a drama about the clashes between a sheriff and the mob during the 1960s; "Elementary," a dramatic update on the Sherlock Holmes story; "Made in New Jersey," a drama about a new lawyer caught between classes; and, "Partners," a comedy about work and lifelong friends.

The network also moved "Two and a Half Men" to Thursday, and "The Mentalist" to Sunday. 

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CBS will formally unveil its lineup to advertisers in Carnegie Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

Here is the fall lineup: (N denotes a new show; NT denotes a new time slot)

MONDAY

8:00-8:30 PM              HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

8:30-9:00 PM              PARTNERS (N)

9:00-9:30 PM              2 BROKE GIRLS (NT)

9:30-10:00 PM            MIKE & MOLLY

10:00-11:00 PM          HAWAII FIVE-0

 TUESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM              NCIS

9:00-10:00 PM            NCIS: LOS ANGELES

10:00-11:00 PM          VEGAS (N)

 WEDNESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM              SURVIVOR

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS

10:00-11:00 PM          CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION

 THURSDAY 

8:00-8:30 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY

8:30-9:00 PM              TWO AND A HALF MEN (NT)

9:00-10:00 PM            PERSON OF INTEREST

10:00-11:00 PM          ELEMENTARY (N)

  FRIDAY

8:00-9:00 PM              CSI: NY (NT)

9:00-10:00 PM            MADE IN JERSEY (N)

10:00-11:00 PM          BLUE BLOODS

 

SATURDAY

8:00-9:00 PM              CRIMETIME SATURDAY

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMETIME SATURDAY

10:00-11:00 PM          48 HOURS MYSTERY

 SUNDAY

7:00-8:00 PM              60 MINUTES

8:00-9:00 PM              THE AMAZING RACE

9:00-10:00 PM            THE GOOD WIFE

10:00-11:00 PM          THE MENTALIST (NT)

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Photo: A scene from CBS' new drama "Vegas." Credit: Lorey Sebastian / CBS

'Two and a Half Men' renewed for 10th season on CBS

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Like it or not, Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men" is coming back.

CBS announced Saturday that it had made deals with Warner Bros. Television and the principal cast members -- Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones -- and would renew the sitcom for its 10th season. The series is TV's no. 2 sitcom, behind ABC's "Modern Family," and just passed its landmark 200th episode.

The deal was not surprising, given the importance of "Men" to the CBS schedule and comments from Kutcher and executive producer Chuck Lorre suggesting they were open to making more episodes.

Sheen, the onetime star of the show, was booted last season after months of highly publicized personal problems and verbal attacks on Lorre. After Kutcher replaced him last fall, Sheen criticized the show as "completely adrift" and full of "bad writing." Sheen will star this summer in the cable sitcom "Anger Management."

What do you think of the renewal? Who's better on "Men," Sheen or Kutcher?

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Photo: "Two and a Half Men" (with Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher) has been renewed for its 10th season on CBS. Credit: Darren Michaels / Warner Bros.

Charlie Sheen apologizes to Ashton Kutcher but not to former show

Charlie Sheen apologizes to Ashton Kutcher

Charlie Sheen is extending the olive branch to Ashton Kutcher ... again.

Sheen, who had appeared to calm down after repeatedly bashing "Two and a Half Men," the CBS sitcom from which he was fired, lashed out last week to blast the series and Ashton Kutcher, who replaced him on the show.

"I'm tired of lying," Sheen said in a call to "TMZ Live." "I'm tired of pretending the show doesn't suck, I'm tired of pretending Ashton doesn't suck. I'm tired of pretending that they're not completely adrift. Because when you take away the anchor of the show, which they stupidly did, you go adrift. And these guys are approaching salvage vessel."

But Sheen has now issued an apology — at least to Kutcher. In a statement that started as a tweet, Sheen said, "Dear Ashton — my bad. I was disrespectful of a man doing his best. I got excited and threw you into a crossfire. The rest of my statement I stand behind. You, however, deserve better. Safety in your travels, good sir."

He signed the statement "The "late" Charlie Harper," the character he played on the series.

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Photo: Charlie Sheen at Spike's "Video Game Awards" in December. Photo credit: Mark Davis/Getty Images.

Charlie Sheen trashes Ashton Kutcher, 'Two and a Half Men'

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Charlie Sheen is done playing nice, it appears.

On Thursday, Sheen -- sounding quite a bit like the cantankerous star who rampaged across pop culture in early 2011 -- called in to "TMZ Live" to complain to co-hosts Harvey Levin and Charles Latibeaudiere about "Two and a Half Men," his former sitcom home.

"I'm tired of lying," Sheen said. "I'm tired of pretending the show doesn't suck. I'm tired of pretending Ashton [Kutcher] doesn't suck. I'm tired of pretending that they're not completely adrift. Because when you take away the anchor of your show, which they stupidly did, you go adrift. And these guys are approaching salvage vessel."

Back in September, Sheen's tone was more positive, telling TMZ that Kutcher's debut was "the best intro for a new a character on a TV show of all time."

Time has passed and things have changed, including a cease and desist letter from Warner Bros. (the studio that produces "Two and a Half Men") ordering Sheen to stop using Warner-owned photos of himself to promote his new FX series "Anger Management."

Sheen tells Levin that it's nothing personal with Kutcher: The problem is the writing. "I feel bad for him. He's saddled with such bad writing. ... There's just nothing about it that's fresh or interesting. I forget that it's on the air."

Sheen is apparently one of the few who have forgotten it's on the air, as the Kutcher-starring version of the CBS series debuted to its highest ratings ever (28.74 million viewers) and has seen higher ratings this season than the last few seasons starring Sheen.

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Photo: Charlie Sheen. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Ashton Kutcher gets hair makeover, says he wants more 'Men'

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Oh, Ashton Kutcher, you newly clean-cut, soon-to-be-much-enriched star of "Two and a Half Men."

The savior of CBS' top-rated sitcom "Two and a Half Men," Kutcher brought his newly shorn self Wednesday morning to the stage of the TV press tour in Pasadena. Gone was the scruffy beard he wore for the fall episodes. Likewise, history were the unruly locks; his new haircut makes him look as mild as an assistant professor, albeit much better-looking than most specimens of same. (Some gossip sites noted he was also wearing a wedding band, despite his pending divorce from Demi Moore.)

Kutcher told reporters he's having "a lot of fun" doing the show, where he replaced former star Charlie Sheen, and said he'd like to come back next year -- "if we can work that out."

"The deal that we structured for the show was kind of a test," Kutcher said. "The show is outperforming the numbers from before I was here, and so I think that people are responding to it." He added that he's already lined up a couple of feature films to shoot during the summer -- a none-too-subtle way of reminding network bosses that he has other career options.

Because he signed only a one-year deal, CBS and Warner Bros. might have to throw open the bank-vault doors to get the star to return. And given "Men's" higher-than-expected ratings this season, it's likely they'll do so.

Kutcher is believed to be making considerably less than the $2 million, including back-end advances, Sheen received per episode.

As for the star's fresh look, turns out it was mandated by the "Men" writers, with the reason to be explained in Monday's episode. On the show, Kutcher plays Walden Schmidt, a lovesick Internet billionaire.

Kutcher told reporters he had merely let his hair grow long when he first met the producers about the job last year. "I was starting to get a little shaggy and we just kind of kept it," he said. 

Sounds like CBS might be the one taking the haircut next time.

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Photo: Ashton Kutcher, flanked by "Two and a Half Men" executive producer Chuck Lorre, left, and co-star Jon Cryer. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

 

 

2011 Best TV Meltdowns: From 'winning!' to whining

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Life can be stressful for Hollywood entertainers and personalities. The strain obviously took its toll on several who lost their composure, control and dignity, making for some of the most unexpected and memorable celebrity meltdowns of 2011.

CHARLIE SHEEN: Probably no other celebrity will be more scrutinized in 2012 than Charlie Sheen, who staged the mother of all meltdowns this year that eventually cost him one of the most high-paying jobs in Hollywood. Sheen took to the airwaves early this year to blast his bosses at CBS' "Two and a Half Men" after production on the series paused following his stint in rehab. He called executive producer Chuck Lorre "a clown" and referred to him as "Haim Levine" -- which some interpreted as an anti-Semitic slur on Lorre's last name. He appeared on numerous talk and radio shows bragging about having "tiger blood,"  compared himself to a warlock and constantly said he was "winning." Fired from the show, Sheen became calmer later in the year, endured a Comedy Central roast and even got a new job -- a comedy on FX called "Anger Management" that is slated to premiere in 2012. No doubt many will be watching Sheen to see how he follows his explosive 2011 fall.

 

KIM KARDASHIAN and KRIS HUMPHRIES: Well, they said it wouldn't last -- and it didn't. The queen of all celebutantes, Kardashian seemed to have everything: fame, wealth, a strong family and a hit reality show show on E!, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." But what she really wanted was a husband. Her dream seemed to come true when her courtship with basketball player Kris Humphries led to a lavish "fairy tale" wedding in November which cost a reported $10 million and warranted a two-night prime-time special. But the fairy tale crashed and burned 72 days later when Kardashian filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences," provoking an outcry from fans who felt the entire event had been staged for profit. The backlash startled Kardashian, who said she really had been in love with Humphries--a claim she likely made about singer and former flame Ray J when they made the sex tape that launched her "career."  

 

CHRISTINE O'DONNELL: Former U.S. Senate candidate O'Donnell had just wanted to promote her new book when she appeared in August on CNN's Piers Morgan show. But the interview became tense when Morgan began pressing her about whether she supported gay marriage. Even after she bristled, Morgan pressed on, asking her what she felt about the "don't ask, don't tell" credo in the U.S. military. When she accused him of being rude, Morgan said, "I think I'm being charming and respectful." But the damage was done -- one of O'Donnell's advisors off-camera told her to leave, and the Delaware Republican took off her mike and walked off. Morgan said later it was his first walk-off in 25 years of doing interviews.

 

KAT VON D: Live morning TV can be extremely unpredictable. Take the case of "Good Day L.A." on Fox 11. In July, Kat Von D, the tattoo artist who got engaged to Jesse James soon after his breakup with Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock, was scheduled to appear on the show to promote her TLC reality series, "L.A. Ink." But Von D, who had previously announced that the couple had split,  stormed off the set right before she was supposed to go on. Von D fled the station when she was introduced with a clip from the show in which she surprised James by showing him her new tattoo, a picture of him as a youth. Her abrupt departure perplexed the show's anchors -- producers said that her only request for the planned interview was that Bullock not be mentioned. Von D tweeted moments after her exit: "Dear Good Day L.A., Thanks for the waste of a perfectly good morning. Lack of compassion and respect for each other never fails to disappoint me." 

 

KTLA'S HENRY DICARLO: KTLA weatherman Henry DiCarlo joked that he hadn't had coffee or breakfast the December morning when he erupted during a live report in what later became known as "Henry's hissy fit." DiCarlo had been at Union Station around 6 a.m conducting a live report for Toys for Tots. When he then started his weather report, a full screen graphic appeared and DiCarlo was heard to say, "You know what, it's so interesting. I'm in the communications business and it seems like there's so little communication. When you send a weatherman out to do the weather but you also want him to do a story, you might want to give him a little extra time." He became more frustrated, said someone else in the studio would handle the weather and stormed off -- a moment captured by cameras. DiCarlo explained a few days later that he had been planning to do a four-minute segment, but the producer in the studio started yelling at him through his earpiece about 35 seconds into the report. "It doesn't matter when the circumstances were -- it wasn't a pretty sight for me to act like that, and I get that," he said. But he didn't actually apologize for the outburst, telling his colleagues: "But personally,  you guys have seen much worse from me, so I didn't think I was that bad."

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Photo: Charlie Sheen in September 2011. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times.

Ashton Kutcher prematurely defends fired Penn State coach Joe Paterno

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Foot-in-mouth syndrome for "Two and a Half Men" stars extends beyond Charlie Sheen. His successor, Ashton Kutcher, caused a Twitter fury Wednesday night after taking to his account to post an ill-informed tweet in which he defended ousted Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

Kutcher, whose Twitter handle is @aplusk, tweeted: "How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste" (the tweet has since been removed from his page). The response, obviously, was scathing and before long the star confessed he was unaware that the firing came in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal at the school. 

A Twitter mea culpa quickly ensued.

"Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet!" Kutcher later said to his more than 8 million followers. "Didn't have full story. #admitwhenYoumakemistakes"

Attempting to right his wrong even further, the actor responded to folks blasting his ignorance -- many users called him an "idiot" and suggested he "use his brain" in the future -- and later offered this statement: "As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case."

In response to the negative feedback he received, Kutcher has opted to take a vow of silence on his account until he can find a way to "properly manage" his feed. Adding that he felt "awful" about the error.

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Photo: "Two and a Half Men" star Ashton Kutcher. Credit: Getty Images

Did Ashton Kutcher channel Charlie Sheen on Dan Patrick's show?

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Ashton Kutcher is taking to heart the idea of replacing Charlie Sheen — on the air and off.

Kutcher called into "The Dan Patrick Show" Monday morning to talk about his gig on "Two and a Half Men," proclaiming it to be "the best job I've ever had." ("Dude, Where's My Car?" is surely a close runner-up). In a segment that clocked in at 15 minutes, Kutcher also took the time to mildly confront Patrick for calling him "soft" — which the radio show host did in jest in an email to Kutcher's wife, Demi Moore, about fantasy football tips. Kutcher was more than a little offended by such a  term of endearment.

"I’m a put-dirt-on-it and walk-it-off kinda guy," the actor said.

Kutcher's appearance was hardly as off-kilter as his predecessor's bout on Patrick's program in February, when Sheen complained about his bosses at CBS for stopping production on "Two and a Half Men." That interview came at start of Sheen's recent cycle of extreme behavior, which included more call-ins to the morning show by Sheen. (At one point he advised Lindsay Lohan to "work on your impulse control.")

Eventually, Sheen's character, Charlie Harper, was killed off the CBS sitcom in the season opener this fall, with Kutcher filling the void as Walden Schmidt, a recently divorced Internet mogul who moves in Alan and Jake.

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Photo: Ashton Kutcher is shown in September while attending the ceremony for Jon Cryer's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

Charlie Sheen fans dump on Ashton Kutcher

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

Charlie Sheen roast gives Comedy Central hot ratings

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Comedy Central's roast of Charlie Sheen sparked blazing hot ratings, becoming the highest-rated roast in the franchise's history.

The special drew 6.4 million total viewers, making it the most-watched Comedy Central roast ever. The second-highest rated roast was Jeff Foxworthy with 6.2 million, followed by Pamela Anderson with 4.3 million.

Sheen — or rather, the lack of Sheen — also propelled "Two and a Half Men" to its best performance Monday with its first episode without the actor, who was fired earlier this year after a highly publicized public meltdown. The return of the CBS comedy, which introduced Ashton Kutcher,  pulled in almost 29 million viewers, the best scripted-series premiere since 2005.

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Charlie Sheen: A roundup of his 'winning' apologies

Is Charlie Sheen's Warner Bros. settlement what prompted his apology tour?

Charlie Sheen is winning -- back the public, that is.

As the former "Two and a Half Men" star and Warner Bros. near a $25-million settlement, Sheen seems to be going on an apology tour that reeks of damage control and casts the onetime warlock in a tiger blood-free light. "The Tonight Show," "Today," the Emmy Awards, "The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen" and Twitter were a few places hit with torpedoes of reparation.

The lessons: Sheen hit rock bottom when he was fired from "Two and a Half Men"; he thought he could return to the CBS show despite his behavior and lashing out at creator Chuck Lorre and costar Jon Cryer; he wishes the sitcom the best, along with its new star Ashton Kutcher; and he still doesn't really know what happened during the rampant media frenzy. Sheen also said he's seeing his kids a lot more, and he's "mending fences" with ex-wives Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller.

Is it too far-fetched to believe that the former "rock star from Mars'" public mea culpas were brought on by a humbled reaction to his roast? Or could they be part of the Warner Bros. settlement? (Is there a clause that says "Thou shalt apologize for your 'Sheenanigans'"?)

Whatever the reason, here's a roundup of the former Adonis DNA-clad actor's introspective appearances in which he put his infamous public outbursts to bed. The even-keeled interviews are a far cry from the one-on-one webcam sessions in "Sheen's Korner" that flooded the Internet last March. They also have people noticing his calm and apologetic demeanor rather than his erratic streams of consciousness.

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'Two and a Half Men' premiere hits ratings record

Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer in "Two and a Half Men" Season 9 premiere
"Two and a Half Men" had its most-watched episode ever Monday -- without Charlie Sheen.

The sitcom drew 27.8 million total viewers to its Season 9 premiere, which introduced Ashton Kutcher as Sheen's replacement, according to early data from Nielsen.

It was the best number ever for "Men," which suffered a shortened eighth season earlier this year after producers fired Sheen, who had engaged in a public war of words with his bosses. In fact, viewing was so high for "Men," it put a noticeable dent in the ratings for ABC's season premiere of "Dancing With the Stars," which averaged 18.6 million for the night. The two-hour "Dancing" was strong enough to power ABC to a win for the night in viewers, however, thanks in no small part to curiosity over the introduction of Chaz Bono, the series' first transgender contestant.

Kutcher was introduced mid-episode in "Men" as Walden Schmidt, a lovelorn Internet billionaire who had tried to commit suicide by walking into the ocean near the Malibu beach house once owned by Charlie Harper (Sheen). The episode's opening revealed that Harper had died after a girlfriend had learned of his infidelity and, it was assumed, pushed him in front of an oncoming train.

In the adults-age-18-to-49 demographic often sought by advertisers, "Men" delivered a gigantic 10.3 rating/24 share. 

"Men" delivered a powerful lead-in to a new CBS sitcom, "Two Broke Girls," which averaged 19.2 million viewers.

The first night of the season proved bruising for NBC. Its new 10 p.m. drama, "The Playboy Club," bombed with barely 5 million viewers. But that show's two-hour lead-in, "The Sing-Off," didn't fare much better, with a 5.2 million average.

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Photo: Jon Cryer (back to camera) is surprised by the appearance of Ashton Kutcher's character in "Two and a Half Men." Credit: Adam Rose / CBS

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