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Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 05/29/2013

‘Two and a Half Men’ adding series regular — Charlie Harper’s love child


The guys are getting another roommate. (DANNY FELD - CBS ENTERTAINMENT)
“Two and a Half Men” will look more “My Three Dads” next season.

A young-ish chick is being added to the cast of the longrunning CBS comedy series, as a series regular — the previously unknown love-child of Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen). She shows up at Harper’s house, though Dad’s dead and the house is now owned by Ashton Kutcher’s Walden Schmidt. The new girl will move in with Walden and her uncle Alan (Jon Cryer) who is Walden’s permanent house guest.

Sheen, of course, is the gift that keeps on giving to “Men,” since being tossed after famously describing the show as a “pukefest” during a feud with creator Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros. studio in 2011.

Interest in the show was at an all-time high in the fall of ’11 and 29 million people tuned in to see Sheen’s character hit by a train and Ashton Kutcher’s character brought onboard. That was the biggest season-debut crowd for any scripted TV show on any network since 2005.

Then there were the cost savings. Before being sacked, Sheen was earning about $2 million an episode. Returning this season, Kutcher reportedly is being paid about $700,000 per episode.

And now, turns out, Sheen’s character was hiding a love child all these years, who will step in to fill the void left by the sort-of departure of Angus T. Jones’s character, Jake — Charlie Harper’s nephew.

Jones, who had been one of the highest paid teen actors on TV, has been busted down to “recurring” status on the show. Jones will spend his free time attending college, and mulling the financial repercussions of taking a page from the Charlie Sheen School of Self-Destruction, in which you beg viewers to “please stop watching” the show and “filling your head with filth.”’

Jones subsequently issued a statement saying he could not address “everything that has been said, or right every misstatement or misunderstanding” about his comments on the TV series.

Possible because Jones could not find any — hard to say you were mis-quoted or taken out of context when your comments about the TV series that made you rich and famous were in a video posted to YouTube by the Alabama-based church Forerunner Chronicles.

But Jones gave it the old college try. He insisted he’d never intended his suggestion people not watch this filthy show to “reflect me showing indifference to, and disrespect of, my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed.”

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