Two and a Half Men Will End With Season 12
It's the end of an era for sexual innuendo, babes parading around the kitchen in men's shirts, and the barbershop-style theme song that will forever haunt my existence. CBS has announced that the upcoming twelfth season of Two and a Half Men, the rickety comedy that once dominated the ratings, will be its last.
The news was buried in the press release announcing CBS's new 2014-2015 schedule, with CBS unceremoniously writing, "... and the long-running hit Two and a Half Men, which starts its twelfth—and final—season." The comedy will air on Thursdays at 9pm staring on October 30, after the conclusion of Thursday Night Football concludes.
CBS programming boss Nina Tassler spoke about the final season a little more in-depth during a conference call with reporters, saying that creator Chuck Lorre was preparing a "season-long event" to send the comedy off, and that he had some "big surprises" planned. Like the reanimated corpse of Charlie Harper? I wish.
Around these parts, Two and a Half Men will be remembered for its off-camera drama as much as its filthy humor. The show's run is essentially a historical document that chronicles the downfall of Charlie Sheen at his Sheeniest, including a self-destructive pattern of raging parties, verbal squabbles between Sheen and Lorre, and at least one porn star locked in a closet. Even Angus T. Jones, the titular half man, was not immune from controversy. Just before his dismissal from the show, Jones called the the series "filth" and urged people to stop watching it, despite the fact that he was making six figures per episode.
But behind all the drama, there was a series that was dominant for so many years. It used to be what The Big Bang Theory is now: a rock-solid performer that anchored CBS's schedule. Even as recently as 2011, Two and a Half Men pulled in 28 million viewers to watch Ashton Kutcher's debut as Alan's new roommate.
These days, the show is a shell of its former self, with two of the three original stars long gone and the half man replaced by one woman, leaving Jon Cryer as the last man standing to count his paychecks. And it leaves behind a legacy of confusing popularity, behind-the-scenes drama, and maybe even a couple laughs here and there.
And now I leave you with some classic Two and a Half Men humor:
Tell the truth: Will you miss Two and a Half Men?
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