Are we getting near the end of “Two and a Half Men” as we know it? This is a question that has been asked on a few occasions in the past, and have a feeling that it may be asked this year more than ever. Ratings are down since the show moved away from “The Big Bang Theory” on Thursday nights, and it also happens to be one of the more expensive ones on the network. You have such people as Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer on the payroll, and these are not easy people to afford unless you have big ratings to back it up. (Between the two of them, you care costing yourself tens of millions of dollars.)
Unfortunately for those who have been watching the show for over a decade, there wasn’t really any consolation handed down during CBS’ TCA event this week. Rather, Nina Tassler told reporters that if the show is going to end this year, they would like to make the decision in enough time to allow the writers to craft a series finale.
While this would be great for those of you who have actually been watching this show all this time, there is something else that you really should remember here: It is not exactly a given that this is something that will be offered. CBS does have a reputation of canceling long-running shows pretty suddenly; take a look at what they did with “CSI: Miami” or “Without a Trace.” Given that this show is so silly and has so few long-term plots, it would not be that hard to justify kicking it to the curb.
From this vantage point, the best thing that could be done with “Two and a Half Men” would be to give it thirteen episodes next season, wrap the show up properly, and then use its series finale to lead into a new show. That is what CBS is doing with “Friends with Better Lives,” which is going to follow up the series finale of “How I Met Your Mother.”
What’s your take here: Should “Two and a Half Men” end this year, or is there still some life left in it in your eyes? Let us know below, and head over here if you want to read more news about what is coming up for the show. You can also click here to snag a list of sometimes-funny updates from our CarterMatt Newsletter.