The full-size and half-size actors of "Two and a Half Men" (Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS) -- Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones -- are very close to signing on for a tenth season, Deadline exclusively reports.
Cryer and Jones, who play father and son on the hit CBS series, had their contracts expiring at the end of Season 9 and Kutcher, who replaced Charlie Sheen at the beginning of Season 9, only signed on for one season. According to Deadline, the actors' new deals are for one-year only and could help the series get a Season 10. Kutcher, Cryer and Jones are reportedly not getting salary increases, but would receive signing bonuses (Kutcher allegedly earns slightly more than Cryer at about $700,000 per episode, while Jones receives $300,000).
In early March 2012, rumors began to heat up about the actors' deals -- particularly Kutcher's. At the time, the newcomer said he was unsure of his future with the show. “I haven't heard from the powers that be yet,” Kutcher explained, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Right now, I want to work with these guys."
Later in March, The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Kutcher and co-star Jon Cryer were made offers for two more years (without a pay increase); but The Wall Street Journal reported that Kutcher was close to signing a deal for about $1 million an episode around the same time.
If the three leading men of "Two and a Half Men" are indeed attached, as Deadline reports, CBS next needs to sign a new license deal with Warner Bros TV, which produces the show. "Two and a Half Men" co-creator and showrunner Chuck Lorre has previously indicated that he would like to end the series at Season 10, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but no final decision has been made on that front.
But things are looking up for the show. This latest report comes off the heels of Monday night's episode, which featured Kathy Bates as the ghost of Charlie Sheen's character, was the night's strongest broadcast in the key 18-49 demographic.
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