Ashton Kutcher has seemed to enjoy his time on “Two and a Half Men” so far, and it’s starting to look like he could be receiving a massive payday to enjoy it a little while longer.
According to TV Guide, Kutcher is in discussions with both CBS and studio Warner Bros. TV (though mostly the former) about staying put on the sitcom for his second season (and the 10th overall for the show). Just how much could he make per episode? It’s possible that it could stretch into the seven-figure range. When Charlie Sheen left the show, he was earning approximately $1.25 million an episode, and Kutcher is probably going to use this as some sort of benchmark in his own negotiations.
While we still believe that a season 10 for “Men” really seems inevitable at this point, we would not be surprised if the show drops the curtain at the end of 2013. After all, there will be a point where the ratings will not justify the high cost, and when it comes to paying the talent there is no sitcom on TV that has to shell out more money at this point. (“Men” has already lost its ratings title the past few weeks to both “Modern Family” and “The Big Bang Theory.”)
Do you think that there is really sense to try and get Kutcher for another year, or does the lackluster quality of recent episodes (coupled by Jake’s graduation at the end of the season) signal to you that now may be the bet time possible to end this?
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