News Briefs: Two and a Half Men Drops to a Series Low in the Ratings

RATINGS NEWS

... Remember when a billion people tuned into Two and a Half Men? The CBS comedy hit a series low last night in the 18-49 demographic, registering a 3.5 rating with competition from The Voice and Dancing With the Stars. Is Ashton Kutcher still worth $1 million an episode? [TV By the Numbers]


GREATEST! MYSTERY! EVER! SOLVED! NEWS

... One of The Simpsons' biggest questions has been answered! Creator Matt Groening has finally said that the city the Simpsons live in is Springfield...Oregon! Well, he said The Simpsons' Springfield is named after Springfield, Oregon. I guess that doesn't really mean that the Simpsons live in Oregon. But it's close enough and we would never find out on the show anyway. [Smithsonian Magazine]


BUSINESS TIME NEWS

... BET has renewed The Game for a sixth season and Let's Stay Together for a third season. This is not to be confused with the Game of Thrones renewal announced earlier today. Though the two shows are almost exactly alike. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Comedy Central is developing a comedy series based on the blog Bad Advice From My Brother. The show will follow two brothers, one who's a sleek Wall Street type, the other who's younger and seeking to follow in his older bro's footsteps. More like Bad Advice From Whomever Said To Adapt This for TV, right? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Showtime has announced a couple more premiere dates: Web Therapy, starring Lisa Kudrow as a shrink who treats patients via webcam, will return July 2, and The Real L Word, a reality series following a group of real-life in-the-wild lesbians, will come back July 12. [Showtime via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Britney Spears, who not too long ago was not in contention for a spot on the judging panel of Fox's The X-Factor, is now in contention for a spot on the judges' panel of Fox's The X-Factor. Rumor is the two sides are close to striking a deal worth more than $10 million for Season 2. Unless The X-Factor will focus more on eating Taco Bell and less on singing, I'm not sure Britney is the right fit. [Deadline Hollywood]

... 24's Sarah Clarke has joined USA Network's Covert Affairs. She'll replace the previously cast Rebecca Creskoff as the new mentor for Piper Perabo's Annie. [TV Guide]

... This is something that interests me. Justified is trying to make room for Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet. Creator Graham Yost wants Emmy-winner Stonestreet, who plays the flamboyantly gay Cameron on the ABC comedy, to join his cast as a bad guy in Season 4. Let's all pray to whatever gods we say we believe in to make sure this happens. [The Wrap]

... I'm willing to bet that Maggie doesn't die in the first few episodes of The Walking Dead's upcoming third season. The AMC hit has promoted Lauren Cohan, who plays the farmer's daughter, to series regular. Awwww yeah, Glenn! [TV Line]


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most any justified or covert affairs news is good news. on the two and a half men front while the charlie version was far from original after 8 or however many season watching charlie play charlie was a hell of a lot better than watching kutcher play kelso 2.0
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Not really surprised by two and a half men...it's not the same show at all and jake is getting so big he is not half anymore.

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I bet Eric Stonestreet will be an awesome villain! Justified would be a great way for him to show a more serious side:)
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Yay for Maggie! Now if only we could do something about that Lori....
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Actually, on that note, has anyone ever thought of cutting off a zombie head, and planting it in a toilet, or on someone's bed as a death trap? Look into it for Lori people...it'll be a public service, she's a hazard to living people everywhere.
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nobodys worth 1mill per episode. Never liked the show, never will but it's ok if it stay on air forever...CBS doesn't have any good sitcoms and it probably never will ( leaving before someone bash me for TBBT...kinda liked it at first but then it became unwatchable...more of the same every episode )
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Agreed. Big Bang was serviceable, but it is well past it's prime. All their comedies are pretty much the same with a slightly different package. Safe and predictable, not my cup of tea either.
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How can you say Big Bang is past its prime? Is that a typo?
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Not a typo. In my opinion shows like that tend to peak early. I'd say season 3 for this one. One note characters don't last long.



See one Chuck Lorre show, you've seen them all. *yawn*
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Two and a Half Men just doesn't make sense without Charlie Sheen. I couldn't bring myself to tune in after his "departure". I don't blame them for trying to make the show go on without him; it's not their fault that he screwed everyone. But, really, when the main character of a show leaves for whatever reason, it's usually best to end the show.
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Agreed. And I really hate them filling up the show with farts & vomits. Though Charlie's gone, did the screenwriters leave too? No one knows how to write a good script since then?
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Amber Benson was killed off in the same episode in which she became a "regular" on Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Just sayin'....
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She didn't become a "regular," Joss Whedon just loves messing with us.
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I am glad they are keeping Maggie. But they need to revert her back to the badass she was when she first came upon the group. Her and Andrea need to be the contrast to the stupidity of Carol and Lori. Especially Lori.
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I totally agree. Badass Maggie is awesome, but I don't think it's humanly possible to contrast Lori's stupidity.
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Go Maggie!! And I will start watching Justified the moment Eric Stonestreet is announced as joining the cast if that does so happen.
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Why can't they give this up? Britney is unfit to judge a dog show, much less a singing competition. She's been a figurehead from Day 1. Other people write her songs, other people tell her what to say. What has she ever done -- HERSELF -- to deserve anything she's been given on a platter through the years?
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Stonestreet was a murderer on NCIS a few years before his Modern Family casting, but the character wasn't menacing, they played him kinda goofy and unassuming until the reveal. I think he has it in him though to play that kind of part, that should be pretty good. I dunno if I can see him fitting in to the Harlan world though.
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Wasn't he in American Horror story where he saw himself as a pig in the mirrot?
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Stonestreet was also a murderer in Pushing Daisies, though a funny one.
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And here's where i say FUCK YOU Ashton Kutcher! You will not be remembered for your acting or your symmetrical face but the fact that you are an all time Douchebag.
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I'm just taking a wild guess here, but I think Stonestreet would be AWESOME as a Justified villain.
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Ashton is worth whatever someone is willing to pay him. So if they are willing to pay 1 mil an episode than I guess that is what he is worth.
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Best post ever! And i thought of myself as a pragmatist.
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Three years ago, I learned Matt Groening was a Portland, OR native and that the surnames of some of his characters are taken from the city streets. Going to college right in the city, it always made me happy when I read street signs with the names "Flanders", "Lovejoy", and so on when I passed by them.
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No one is worth one million dollars per episode! Geez, no wonder networks need product placement to help their shows stay afloat. I like Two and Half Men, but I only watch the show every now and then. When the sexual jokes start getting more disgusting than funny, I, usually, turn the channel. I enjoy sexy puns as much as the next gal, but not when they make me cringe.
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you don't like the old lady lesbian's story line?
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I don't think he's worth $1 million per season.
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well i no charlie was a pain in the butt , but he was good ashton not in the same league im sorry to say series will be axed.
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I didn't even know Lisa Kudrow had a show on TV, much less that it was on showtime. I'd love to see Stonestreet on Justified.
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