‘Two and a Half Men’ and PaleyFest: Will Ashton Kutcher return?

The question remains.

Two and a Half Men” was the focus of its own PaleyFest panel on Monday, and (in what is news that no one should be surprised by) most of the focus was centered entirely around Ashton Kutcher and his future with the franchise.

So is Kutcher going to stay on board? For now, the actor is playing it coy, saying that the people at CBS and Warner Bros. have yet to really make a firm decision. Ashton did suggest that he would be interested in coming back for what would be his second go-around and the show’s 10th season, but we’re probably not going to know a firm answer for another month or two. (Considering the success of the show all season — even with the ratings dropping following an astronomic first month — we expect Ashton to try and campaign for a massive payday to keep playing Walden Schmidt.)

Perhaps even more optimistic than Kutcher was series creator Chuck Lorre, who cited the show’s ratings as the primary reason why CBS would want a season 10. Of course, there would be the need for some changes — Angus T. Jones’ Jake is set to graduate later this year, and his story will move in a new direction. In addition, they have to figure out what to do with all of the supporting cast, who have at times been relegated to strange stories and one-liners throughout the year.

As for guest stars, one of the last truly significant things to come out of the panel (which was mostly lighthearted and kept the Charlie Sheen talk to a minimal) was that Lorre is still hoping to book Judy Greer and Patton Oswalt (who is picture above) for at least one more episode a piece this season. The problem? Both of them are incredibly busy, and Greer even has a new pilot that she is working on.

Do you think “Men” should return for a season 10, or should we really consider doing away with Ashton, Lorre, and company at this point?

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