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With the season debut of Two and a Half Men about to be shot Friday, some news about Ashton Kutcher's character is being revealed. According to CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler, the show's replacement for Charlie Sheen's womanizing Charlie Harper character will be Kutcher's Walden Schmidt, who Tassler said was an "Internet billionaire with a broken heart."
At a Television Critics Association's panel in Los Angeles Tuesday, Tassler wouldn't "confirm or deny" recent reports Sheen's character would be killed off in an off-screen car accident, or that the episode will start at Charlie Harper's funeral, but she did confirm that Kutcher's introduction will be a two-parter. The executive praised Kutcher as "incredibly professional."
Actors from several CBS shows were in attendance, including new CSI cast member Ted Danson, but Kutcher and the cast of Two and a Half Men were noticeably absent. Tassler explained their absence by saying, “They are in production. There's a tremendous amount of energy and focus and attention."
In the wake of the Charlie Sheen controversy, one reporter asked Tassler if CBS would implement any policies regarding actors who are known for erratic behavior. Tassler declared that that “would probably be every actor in the business.”
Tassler also admitted she had "no idea" if Sheen could turn his upcoming Anger Management TV pilot into a hit show. "I know that he's moved on and...his slate is full and he's a very busy man," Tassler said diplomatically about the warlock whose famous feud with show co-creator Chuck Lorre got Sheen fired from the sitcom and became the stuff of pop culture legend.