'Two And A Half Men' Loses Showrunner Lee Aronsohn
"Two and a Half Men" finds itself shuffling the deck again.
The stalwart CBS comedy's turbulent two years continue, with some shuffling in the wake of showrunner Lee Aronsohn's announced departure from the job, The Hollywood Reporter claims. With Aronsohn out, writer-producers Don Reo and Jim Patterson have stepped up to fill the role alongside creator Chuck Lorre.
Arohnson apparently won't be departing entirely. He'll reportedly stick around as an executive consultant.
The core cast - Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher and Angus "Half" T. Jones - all have one-year deals locking them in to return this fall. So Lorre and Company have that going for them. What the show conspicuously doesn't have is an official renewal. Working out a 10th-season financial deal between Warner Bros. Television and CBS appears to be the last hurdle. Between syndication on FX and new episodes, it's been a cash cow. That being said, last season was the first following Charlie Sheen's acrimonious Spring 2011 firing from the show and considered a "re-launch" with Kutcher's new character stepping in for the killed-off Charlie Harper.
Whether Sheen's departure was a boon or a hindrance could be considered a "push." The show hit series-low ratings last season, but posted higher overall average numbers than previous seasons. Not to mention, not many sitcoms reach double-digit seasons without deteriorating.
Aronsohn's departure follows controversial gender remarks he made during an April screenwriting conference in Toronto.
"Enough, ladies. I get it. You have periods," he told THR, though he praised the recent influx of female TV-comedy creators including Whitney Cummings, Chelsea Handler and Tina Fey. "But we're approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation." Sources tell THR that the "Men" move is unrelated to Aronsohn's remarks.
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