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Can Kutcher man up and keep ‘Men’ a hit series?
Besides “That `70s Show,” Kutcher’s credits include film roles like the romantic comedy “No Strings Attached” and his producing and hosting roles for the prank show “Punk’d.”
Kutcher is not as well-known as Sheen but, at age 33, is a dozen years younger and has a huge flock of fans who check in on his every utterance on Twitter.
It was on Twitter, of course, where on Thursday Kutcher gave his followers a sly clue for what was coming.
“What’s the square root of 6.25?” the actor asked in a tweet.
The answer is 2 1/2.
Once the news was out Friday, Sheen was tossing around numbers, too.
“Enjoy the show, America,” he said in a statement. “Enjoy seeing a 2.0 in the demo every Monday, WB.”
Sheen used TV lingo to predict failure for the revamped “Men.” He referred to a 2.0 Nielsen Co. rating among the 18- to 49-year-old demographic that advertisers often seek. This season, “Two and a Half Men” averaged a 4.1 rating in that group.
Actually, Kutcher might be expected to have a younger following than Sheen and one that could be curious about his new role. The difficulty might be the older makeup of CBS’ audience in general, more Sheen’s crowd than Kutcher’s.
Sheen, in his statement, advised Kutcher to “Enjoy planet Chuck. … There is no air, laughter, loyalty or love there.” That’s a reference to his feud with former boss Lorre, which has hardly abated since his sacking.
And it had to serve as a reminder to Lorre that, amid many unanswered questions, one thing is already clear: with Kutcher, the “Two and a Half Men” set will be a much more peaceful place.
Will it be as funny?
AP Television Writer David Bauder contributed to this report.
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