'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Is Kutcher on 'Two and a Half Men' a good move?
May 13th, 2011
02:09 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Is Kutcher on 'Two and a Half Men' a good move?

Ashton Kutcher is coming back to TV - as Charlie Sheen's replacement on CBS’ hit “Two and a Half Men.”

Ashton even teased his army of more than six million Twitter followers with this coy message: "what’s the square root of 6.25?” The answer is 2.5, as in “Two and a Half.”

I like Ashton Kutcher a lot, and I’m guessing he’ll be a success in the new role. He’s a great comic actor and has years of experience working on a very funny sitcom (“That ‘70s Show”). Still, I don’t know if Ashton’s the greatest fit. Hugh Grant, John Stamos and Jeremy Piven were all floated as possible replacements for Sheen on “Men.”

Hugh Grant actually almost wound up with the job. He’s another bad boy, like Sheen, and might have fit the mold of “Men” a little better. But maybe the show’s producers are looking for something new. What do you think about Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen?

I also want to tell you that Nick Cannon’s breaking big news to us tonight. Mariah Carey’s husband is revealing the secrets behind the unusual names of the couple's newborn twins, Moroccan Scott and Monroe. Do not miss this headline-making "Showbiz" Newsmaker interview.

Other big stories we’re fired up about on the show today: Matthew Perry is returning to rehab and the great “American Idol” debate: Will a woman win it all?

Plus, with it being Friday and all, we’re naming "Showbiz Tonight’s" Most Provocative Celebrity of the Week. And the nominees are (drumroll, please): Pippa Middleton (for stealing the spotlight from her royal sister), Will Smith (the whole monster-movie-trailer-parked-in-New-York-City thing) and Lindsay Lohan (and her reduced jail sentence). Who do you think it should be? Vote here.

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  1. Elite5

    Then again it's just business. Sorry sheen it's to bad. Live, love, enlighten-The Universe is listening.

    May 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Elite5

    They should have cancel the show. We all know people can be replace, but they won't fit the shoes of the next person. Its like replacing
    Oprah before her contract is up, it just isn't the same. This show has been on air for sometime. I've lost respect for cbs for making such a bold move. They made it very clear how cutt throat they are, for destroying a tv series last days. I can't imagine going to a store & witness two and a half man dvd last season betray. Karma is real, the Universe is watching.

    May 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Malkntnt

    This show has Jumped the Shark. I will not be back. Kutcher is not ready for this role. Bad move IMO.

    May 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JR

    DA !! Good move for Chalie Sheen...... This frees up time for Charlie to finally do his "Major League 3" film. This project alone will bring in hundreds of dollars.

    May 16, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. twisted

    @lloyd your hand must has a date tonight for you to still be this nonsense

    May 15, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. @N

    show is ova.giv it up.@llyod giv it a rest.no1 believes yo sh!t.

    May 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lloyd Christmas

    @Twisted. You just gave me a reason to continue. U R dum.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Twisted

    @Lloyd Christmas. Come on dude, give it up. Noone is paying attention. Just go away.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lloyd Christmas

    Yes, I did ask. It's not a problem. Whenever you are ready.

    May 15, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. goodness gracious.

    Well just goes to show you that everybody is replaceable much to charlie sheen s chagrin-time for another hit charlie replace the pipe again.Maybe this will humble-pie time charlie and help him put both feet back on the ground and in his new semblances create the better man that is in each and everyone one of us.

    May 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. @lloyd christmas

    And yet you asked is her cat could use your pole

    May 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lloyd Christmas

    @Meowmiss. At least you've got some whit about you. Unfortunately, you've engaged in a game you can't possibly win and those are the same cats that confort you in all your singleness as you cannot find a man that that will put up with you.

    May 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. @Meowmiss

    I hope your cat will use my pole as a scratching post.

    May 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meowmiss

      Haha. Was that supposed to be a shot at me? Weak. Very weak. My cats insist on at least 3 inches of scratching post so I'm sure you are SOL.

      May 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lloyd Christmas

    @Private Investigator. Your name says it all. Figure it out Gay wad.

    May 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tia

    stupid choice to get kutcher for the role.

    May 15, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  16. jay

    i think it was stupid choice to get kutcher for the role. first bec he cant act and he just cannot act to save his life. no matter how great the writing is, kutcher will make it worse than it is. hugh grant is the perfect choice. stupid stupid move. this is going to tank n charlie sheen will get the last laugh.

    May 15, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  17. Private Investigator

    How do you know thats not a woman? Huh Mr. Know It All? Your probably the woman yourself. Grow a pair d*ckh*ad!

    May 14, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Lloyd Christmas

    Lloyd Christams

    May 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Lloyd Christmas

    @ Mr. Ed. That's not a woman and you can mind your own business or go play with B lo me

    May 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Lloyd Christams

    I'm Lloyd Christmas and I love it up the a$s! I love big straping h-ung men with big d0ngs! Bring it on black boys!! Bring it on because I can handle big ones!

    May 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mr. Ed

    Dude stop trolling on the ladies on here. Get a life.

    May 14, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Lloyd Christmas

    Yep you are also those names. You're going down, down like china town!

    May 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Sunshine Girl *

    @Lloyd Christmas..Noone believes you so just shut up and go back to where you came from. Where you dropped on your head as a baby?

    May 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  24. @Lloyd Christmas

    Who is @N and dr j? Be honest, is that you?

    May 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Lloyd Christmas

    FYI ya'll Vee is the same person as Sunshine Girl, B lo me, twisted, head diva in charge, Yo!!, I am batman and a few others yet to be exposed... careful out there

    May 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Staceyann C. Dolenti

    Besides any women that started watching 2 1/2 because they like the looks of Charlie (which are now dimmed by drug use) will be happy to see a cute and fresh face Ashton. Aston is not too young and also appeals to older women (due to being married to someone 15 years older). Love the pick 2 1/2 ~ great job.

    Staceyann Dolenti

    May 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Staceyann C. Dolenti

    no it isn't a good move it's a great one :)
    Staceyann Dolenti

    May 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Kate the Great

    A few comments on the commentary: "Hugh Grant actually almost wound up with the job". Hugh Grant was offered the role BEFORE Ashton Kutcher and turned it down. He probably didn't want to commit to leaving England and having such a heavy schedule as a TV show.

    As for Pippa, she did NOT steal the thunder from her sister Kate Middleton. I watched the entire Royal Wedding (thank God for TiVo) and Pippa was graceful and appropriate in her role with the wedding. This is just more unsubstantiated media crap.

    As for Mariah Carey’s husband is revealing the secrets behind the unusual names of the twins, you can bet it has something to do with Mariah. She's the most narcissist singer imaginable. Narcissist, self-indulgent, the true meaning of the word "Me" in everything she does. Also, not to be mean spirited, but Mariah's only 42 years old and dresses like an over the hill lounge singer. She needs to be seriously revamped. As for Ashton Kutcher, if the scripts are good, I think he'll do a great job. He's full of energy and humor and should excel as Sheen's replacement. They may not even make him wear those tacky short sleeved shirts!

    May 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  29. clown

    In hollywood who cares if u are married as long as you keep up with making us laugh

    May 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Mr. Morning!!

    Good morning everyone!!! Hope you all have a yummy breakfast and ready to face the day! Nobody seems to around this weekend! Enjoy your weekend everyone and hopefully we will see all our regulars back on here next week! We send out peace and love to all.

    May 14, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  31. rone

    It looks like the show/writers will have to dumb it down to the 12 year old level. Ashton is definitely not an adult level actor. Check out his verbal 'freeze' in Vegas' and 'No Strings', when he tries to deliver dialog in a sincere manner. Maybe they should hire his twin brother for the acting and keep him for his 'tweeting'...

    May 14, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  32. MrFunnybone

    Dude... where's the laughter? I doubt you will find it with the new ensemble. This is not good news. Ashton is an average comedic actor. Honestly, I will watch the first show.. BUT I really do not think it is gonna work. Say what you want about Charlie, but he made the ensemble work. I'm thinking even using an electron scanning microscope, you will NOT be able to see the comedy or find the laughs in this new version of 2.5 Men. Have a better one. :)

    May 14, 2011 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  33. Vee

    F**U**C**K YOU Helpless Hal you are lacking brain cells like the rest of these dumb dumbs.

    May 14, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  34. Helpless Hal

    @Vee..Can you please keep your stupid/hateful comments to yourself? Every single blog its the same ole thing. Getting old already.

    May 14, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  35. Not Funny

    Remember that old saying 'It doesnt take much to keep an idiot amused'? Well here is a classic example.

    May 14, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  36. Sunshine Girl *

    How is this going to work? Didnt Charlie Sheen play the part of the older brother? Well for one Ashton is at least 20 yrs younger than Charlie. And younger than Jon Cryor as well. So much for the older brother theme. I just dont see it working. Plus Charlie and Ashton have 2 very different styles of comedy. Better off leaving the show off the air than try to refurbish it with something that just doesnt fit.

    May 14, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  37. Yo!!!

    Hey!!! Where is everyone?! Blogs are slow!!!

    May 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  38. cyndi

    actually John Stamos would have been better – he's single and would have brought more women to watch – might be a problem everyone knows ashton is married to demi – ashton playing a single man may be turnoff

    May 13, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  39. cyndi

    i like the idea of Ashton, but the teenager has to be replaced – he's too old now

    May 13, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  40. keldoran

    Agree with Vee!!

    May 13, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Hulk Smash

    Dude where's my career?

    May 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  42. buzysuzy

    I love Ashton! I'd start watching the show if he's on.

    May 13, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Vee

    Good gosh you people that post on these things are so stupid. You show no sign of brain cells.

    May 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Timmie

    It is going to be a doodooo flinging good time.

    May 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Russell A. Jennings

    Well. Looks like I have an half-hour gap in my Monday television lineup. Maybe NBC will move "CHUCK" to nine o"clock and then I could watch the whole hour and Miss Mike and Molly.

    May 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Digerati17

    Vote here if you think Ashton Kutcher can fill the shoes of Charlie Sheen.

    http://www.wepolls.com/p/378224/Will-Ashton-Kutcher-be-able-to-fill-the-shoes-of-Charlie-Sheen-on-Two-and-a-Half-Men

    May 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Hugh Grant

    Oh Well yea! No doubt Ashton is cute but I just wish he had a larger goober to nibble on.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Evel Knievel

    It's a good move if Demi has a recurring role as the grandmother.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Herman Munster

    Rumor has a LanternJaw just like me.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  50. jujubeans

    who cares? I just want to see more of Demi's boobs

    May 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  51. yes

    Well, this is too bad because I was really looking forward to seeing her run down the street with dooodie falling out of her wonder woman diapers.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  52. jaceen

    Well, this is too bad because I was really looking forward to seeing her run in the street with dooodie falling out her wonder woman diapers.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Uncle Santa

    I heard Demis son is going to be on 2.5 men.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      Obviouse the show is done for!!!

      May 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darcy

      you mean Ashton isn't Demi's son ?

      May 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goober Inspector

      Will Ashton be skampering about with his tallywacker flapping in the breeze?

      May 16, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • loriey

      Now that the "1/2 man" is an adult and slimmed down by losing weight, who will place the wise mouthed kid....oh wait...maybe that will be Ashton....

      May 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |

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