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Posted at 07:49 PM ET, 04/26/2013

CBS renews ‘Two and Half Men’; Angus T. Jones won’t be a regular


Ashton Kutcher in ‘Two and a Half Men’ finale. (Cliff Lipson - CBS)
The same day CW announced it had picked up “Hart of Dixie,” ”Beauty and the Beast,” and a “Vampire Diaries” spinoff for next season, and NBC revealed it had greenlit a new season for “Parenthood,” “Revolution,” “Grimm,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Law & Order: SVU,” CBS said it had renewed “Two and a Half Men” for and 11th season.

Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer will be back as regulars. But Angus T. Jones, who nearly derailed his lucrative (a reported $300,000 per episode) “Men” career last November when he recorded a testimonial for a church urging us to stop watching the show and filling our heads ”with filth,” is not going to be a regular character on the show next season. He’ll be recurring — industry-speak for “some episodes but not all.” The actor is attending college, in real life.

 This TV season, “Men” has played an important role in CBS’s effort to own comedy on Thursday nights, paired with “The Big Bang Theory.” Both are Chuck Lorre comedies.

“Men” joins the slew of series CBS had already picked up early for next season. They include comedies “2 Broke Girls,”  “Mike & Molly,” “How I Met Your Mother” and, of course, “The Big Bang Theory.”

Drama-wise, CBS has already greenlit next season on “The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” Person of Interest,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Elementary,” “Hawaii Five-O,” and “The Mentalists.”

The network’s newsmags “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours” are coming back, as are reality series “The Amazing Race,” “Survivor,” and “Undercover Boss.”

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Tags:  cbs, chuck lorre, two and a half men, angus t jones, ashton kutcher, jon cryer

 
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