Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer of "Two and a Half Men" have each reportedly received offers from CBS to return to the high-rated sitcom for two more years. The Hollywood Reporter claims, however, that the deal does not give either actor a raise and this may prevent both of the stars from returning.
Kutcher, who joined the show for its current ninth season after original star Charlie Sheen was fired for his erratic behavior, is widely believed to make $700,000 per episode, or $15.4 million for a 22-episode season. Sheen made $1.25 million per episode when he was fired. Cryer, who has been with the series since its inception in 2003, makes a bit less than Kutcher, according to sources.
TV Guide reported Tuesday that Kutcher has asked for $1 million to return for another year. Regardless of money, other sources indicate that neither Kutcher, Cryer and series co-creator Chuck Lorre want to return for two more seasons and would prefer that the show end after next season, its tenth.
Complicating the matter further is the fact that the current season's finale is quickly approaching. Taping of this season's finale is scheduled for next week, and if the episode ends up being a series finale, Lorre and team would like to write a fitting end for the characters. But if negotiations with Kutcher (repped by CAA) and Cryer (repped by UTA) haven't wrapped up by then -- "A big longshot," says one dealmaker -- the episode will need to be written as if the show might return but might not.
by RTT Staff Writer
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