The actor (seen left with his new co-stars) will play Walden Schmidt, an ‘internet billionaire with a broken heart’ and is set to make his first appearance in a special two-parter episode that will air over a couple of weeks.
Kutcher is a controversial choice to replace the troubled Sheen, with many fans sceptical over the show’s longevity following the actor’s fall from grace. But CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler appeared bullish about the new show’s potential, saying that Two and a Half Men will be as “smart, irreverent and risqué” as it’s ever been.
Tassler was sketchier however when it came to rumoured plans to kill off Charlie, despite internet forums abound with rumours that the new season will feature the character’s funeral.
When asked about ‘Sheen-gate’ and the actor’s very public dismissal, Tassler said: “What we learned is that we have an extraordinary cast – I was at the table read on Monday – we have extraordinary writers and actors, and there is a great value in hiring an actor like Ashton Kutcher, a talented, funny, gifted actor coming in with tremendous commitment and enthusiasm.
“What you learn is that the show is brilliantly written, extraordinarily produced and you have the opportunity to move forward to create this exciting new character and do a great show.”
The new season of Two and a Half Men will premiere on September 19 on CBS.