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, for all these years, Sheen’s character was hiding this love child, 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.
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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 that he could not address “everything that has been said, or right every misstatement or misunderstanding” about his comments on the TV series.
Possibly because Jones could not find any — hard to say that you were misquoted 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 that 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.”
In other CBS news, its pay-cable network Showtime has bought a new drama series about a no-frills gym in 1970s Venice Beach, Calif. The show will star Arnold Schwarzenegger in a recurring role.
“Pump” traces the roots of present-day body worship to this concrete body-building mecca.
Schwarzenegger was brought in to the project after the original creator brought the idea to “Two and a Half Men” exec producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, who decided to get the Governator involved. Once signed, Schwarzenegger began sharing stories of his past, according to the Hollywood Reporter — although he’d already shared a lot of them on that ESPN short film “Arnold’s Blueprint,” about his teen years in the Austrian Army, where his bodybuilding career began.
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