Post by Mike Spadoni on May 1, 2012 16:58:41 GMT 1
It looks as if the post-Charlie Sheen "Two and a Half Men" will live to see another season. "Deadline Hollywood" reports stars Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones are "inches away" from a new deal to return this fall. Salaries won't change, but all three key players will get signing bonuses. (For the record, says DH, Kutcher is believed to earn about $700,000 per episode, with veteran Cryer slightly less and Jones (the "half" in "Men") earning $300,000 for each episode. Spend wisely, fellows. Co-creator Chuck Lorrie has said he would like to end "Men's" run next year, but that remains to be seen. CBS wants to build a comedy block on Thursday nights, with "The Mentalist" staying at 10:00 PM. It already has a building block with "Big Bang Theory," and CBS will likely use one of its other Monday comedies--possibly "2 Broke Girls"--on Thursday, along with new shows. Nearly 20 years ago, NBC frustrated CBS and the other broadcast networks with its powerhouse Thursday comedies and drama "ER." Now the tables have turned, with NBC's current Thursday lineup setting new records--record-low viewership records, that is. Times certainly have changed!