Considering that it is only March, we are feeling pretty comfortable in saying that CBS obviously just wants to get their situation resolved with “Two and a Half Men” stars Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer sooner rather than later. However, it’s looking we are going to be in for a long period of negotiations before something ends up getting resolved (potentially even longer than we first thought).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS and Warner Bros. TV (who produces the show) have offered new deals for both actors, but there are two surprising elements to them:
1. The deals are each for two seasons rather for just the upcoming tenth year.
2. They do not include a raise.
Considering that the show managed to hire a new lead and keep some solid ratings, the actors are due to make more cash this time around. Kutcher is rumored to be making $700,000 an episode, and with Cryer taking slightly less than that they are probably each looking at least $100,000 an episode for next year. (We know that Kutcher would like to be over $1 million, but we’re not sure that will hapepn for a guy who has only spent one critically-panned season on the show.)
Suffice it to say, it’s unlikely that either Kutcher or Cryer will accept the deal as currently constituted. There is reportedly a hope among the show’s cast as well as Chuck Lorre for season 10 to be the end, so the ideal situation would presumably be to pay everyone their money, concoct a great way to say goodbye, and then leave on their own terms.
Check back — we are going to have more on this negotiation as we progress into the coming months.