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!