NBC and The CW weren’t able to get their Wonder Woman projects off the ground, but CBS’ Two and a Half Men is bringing the original warrior princess back to primetime. The hit comedy has booked actress Lynda Carter to play “a version of herself” in the upcoming 11th season.
The set-up: Alan (Jon Cryer) has a massive Carter crush going back to her days as an actress on the original Wonder Woman series (1975-79). He gets to meet her in person and, well, you’ll have to tune in to see what happens next. Men is getting an overhaul this fall as Amber Tamblyn joins the show as Charlie’s lesbian daughter, who moves in with Alan and Walden (Ashton Kutcher). The show returns Sept. 26 at 9:30 p.m.
After an exhaustive search, TV vet Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia, House) has been cast as the long-lost, lesbian daughter of Charlie Sheen’s late bachelor, TVLine has learned.
The character, Jenny, shows up in the CBS comedy’s Sept. 26 premiere upon moving from New York City to Los Angeles to pursue a career in showbiz. She ends up crashing with her Uncle Alan (Jon Cryer) and Walden (Ashton Kutcher).
“She’s somewhat of a chip off the old block,” explains exec producer Chuck Lorre of Jenny. “She’s having a good time and doesn’t care about the destruction left behind her. Decadence from the other side felt long overdue.”
Tamblyn’s role is recurring (she’s booked for five episodes so far), with the option to become a series regular — ostensibly filling the void left by Angus T. Jones’ full-time exit.
TVLine has learned exclusively that CBS’ venerable comedy will be shooting a new opening with leading men Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer but not Jones, who, as TVLine first reported last spring, will not be returning as a series regular.
In fact, it remains unclear if Jones will appear in Season 11 at all. Although Men producers hope the actor — who came under fire last fall for biting the hand that has fed him for the past decade — will be back as an occasional guest star, there is no deal currently in place for him to do so. (Jones’ college schedule is an added complication.)
Another unanswered question: Whether the new, not-yet-cast female role of Charlie’s long-lost lesbian daughter will be featured in the retooled opening.
CBS has renewed its long-running comedy Two and a Half Men for an eleventh season, so you can stop sending packages full of two and a half corpses to CBS headquarters. You win! The network announced the renewal in a remarkably hip way for CBS, via Twitter! It looked like this:
But the show isn’t coming back the way you’re used to. Angus T. Jones, who plays the half-man Jake, will not be returning as a series regular, says Deadline Hollywood. It’s probably a mutual agreement, as Jones has been thinking about going to college and also having trouble wading through the piles of hundred-dollar bills that block the front door to the house. Oh, and he was caught calling the show a huge pile of poo in a video that went viral last year.
Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher signed one-year deals to make the renewal happen. They are still TV’s highest-paid actors, earning about $700,000 per episode while you slave away for chump change. Have a great weekend!
Another former Disney Channel star is coming to Two and a Half Men, but this time she has her sights set on Walden (Ashton Kutcher)!
Lizzie McGuire alum Hilary Duff will guest-star on the CBS comedy’s upcoming season finale as Walden’s latest lady friend, Stacey, TVLine reports. Although Walden is dating Stacey, somehow her grandmother, Taxi’s Marilu Henner, will also catch Walden’s eye. Um, awkward!
Earlier this season, former Disney Channel star Miley Cyrus recurred as a love interest for Jake (Angus T. Jones).
Duff’s recent TV credits include Gossip Girl, Raising Hope and Community.
Two and a Half Men airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS. Are you excited to see Lizzie McGuire back on the small screen? Or are you grossed out that she’ll be dating Kelso? Sound off below!
TV’s erstwhile Quantum Leaper is about to jump into the middle of a Two and a Half Men romance.
TVLine has learned that Scott Bakula will guest-star on the long-running CBS comedy as Jerry, a Cal Worthington-like auto dealership tycoon who gets dropped into “half-man” Jake’s ever-evolving love life in a surprising way.
Bakula’s episode is set to air Thursday, April 4.
After TNT’s Men of a Certain Age wrapped, Bakula has appeared on Desperate Housewives and a November 2012 episode of Law & Order: SVU. His prior TV credits include Chuck, The New Adventures of Old Christine and, of course, Star Trek: Enterprise.
TV’s erstwhile Aquaman, Alan Ritchson, is heading to Hawaii Five-0 — where it appears he’ll stay on dry land.
Per Zap2It, the Smallville and Blue Mountain State alum will guest-star on the CBS procedural as a Navy SEAL who was McGarrett’s best buddy in the military. He’ll thus appear in some illuminating flashbacks to training and battle sequences.
Ritchson’s credits also include TV’s 90210 and CSI: Miami, and the upcoming film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
* Onetime NBA superstar and Southland superfan Shaquille O’Neal has scored a guest spot on TNT’s cop drama as a police officer who knows Cooper (played by Michael Cudlitz) from the academy, Access Hollywood reports.
* Mikaela Hoover, who has played one of Charlie’s Sheen’s Anger Management conquests, next will hang with Charlie Harper’s replacement, Walden (played by Ashton Kutcher), on Two and a Half Men. Hoover’s credits also include appearances on Happy Endings, as Dave’s too-young rebound girl.
* Aussie actor Tom Green (Home & Away, of course) has landed the male lead in NBC’s Meatballs-like summer series Camp, Deadline reports. He will play Kip, a loner who likes indie rock and documentary films and hates people
Will Two and a Half Men be changing its name to Two Men by season’s end?
That seems to be the question on everyone’s mind after star Angus T. Jones publicly trashed the show, calling it “filth,” and revealed he no longer wishes to be on the CBS comedy. (He has since issued an apology.) Now, reports have surfaced saying Jones will exit the show after season 10.
A source close to the show confirms to us that Jones plans to finish out the current season and will most likely not return should CBS order another season.
Jones’ character Jake enlisted in the army at the end of season 9 and has only appeared in a few episodes of the current season. “He won’t be in every episode,” our source says of the remaining season 10 episodes. “How much they use him will be up to [creator] Chuck Lorre. The intention wasn’t ever for him to be in every ep this year anyway. Now it might be less.”
Jones and his costars Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher all have contracts through the end of this season and CBS has yet to pick up the show for season 11. Should Two and a Half Men be renewed, it’s “unlikely” that Jones will return as a series regular. “You might see him for a few guest spots,” our source reveals, adding that it’s “likely” the 19-year-old will choose to go to college next year.
“Part of the reason Angus is so wary of the [TV] industry and so involved with the church is that he’s seen what’s happened to Charlie [Sheen] front and center,” the source says. “He doesn’t want to end up like that. Who would?”
As for Jones’ reaction to the media storm the video has elicited, our source says he is “shocked” that it’s become such a big deal, explaining, “He really didn’t think anyone would care that much. He has never been the one to get attention.”