Early Details On Kutcher’s Role On ‘Men’; Lorre ‘Loved Killing Off’ Sheen Character

Written by Michael Lambarde on Aug. 03, 2011

Charlie Sheen, who has been written off of the hit CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men for the unflattering statements he made months back toward the show’s executive producer and creator, Chuck Lorre, will be killed off during the September 19th season premiere of the series, reports say. The premiere will be shot this Friday night and Sheen will not be returning to do a one-episode cameo, but it will feature the debut of the show’s newest star, Ashton Kutcher.

While CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler revealed a small tidbit of information regarding Kutcher’s character, rumors are running rampant that he could either be revealed as Sheen’s cousin or the person that ultimately buys his house after Sheen’s character dies off. Sheen being killed off on the series, while likely and heavily rumored, hasn’t yet been confirmed.

However, although Sheen’s character being killed off hasn’t been confirmed, a source tells the Chicago Sun-Times that Lorre had “extreme pleasure” in making sure that Sheen’s character, Charlie Harper, was killed off. The source added, “He loved killing off Charlie … got a big vicarious thrill out of it, even if it only was his fictional character! You got the sense that next to killing Charlie for real, this was the next best thing,” the source said.

Today, Tassler shared with Entertainment Weekly details on Kutcher’s character on the show. “His name is Walden Schmidt and he’s an ‘internet billionaire with a broken heart'”, she said. In addition, she revealed the September 19 premiere will be a “two parter”, which many industry experts are calling “smart” because they are expecting the show to get blockbuster ratings for its premiere because of interest of how Sheen’s character will be written out, as well as the introduction of the Kutcher character. That way, viewers will likely be more inclined to tune in the week after the premiere — assuming that the premiere will be broken off instead of a one one-hour episode airing.

The live studio audience will reportedly be forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to watch the taping on Friday in order to ensure that information regarding the plot of the show isn’t spoiled online before the premiere in less than two months. It was recently revealed that Sheen is working on the movie-to-television adaption of Anger Management, but no network has officially picked up the show to a series yet.