Two and a Half Men

Perry joins The Good Wife

Former Friends actor Matthew Perry has joined the cast of The Good Wife in a recurring role. Perry will play a Chicago attorney on the show.

Sheen criticises Kutcher

Charlie Sheen has finally attacked Ashton Kutcher or taking his place on Two and a Half Men last year. Sheen told TMZ Live: “I’m tired of lying, I’m tired of pretending like the show doesn’t suck, I’m tired of pretending like Ashton doesn’t suck, I’m tired of pretending like they’re not completely adrift. When you take away the anchor from your show, which they stupidly did, you go adrift.”

Doctor Who to film in Spain?

Reports are suggesting the new season of Doctor Who will film in Spain in February. Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, who play Amy and Rory, will both exit the show midway through the season.

Cowell suggests super final

Simon Cowell has suggested the idea of a super final between the next winners of The X Factor USA, American Idol and The Voice. Cowell tweeted:  “We have a few surprises to announce soon. This is getting interesting… Maybe the winner of @TheXFactorUSA this yr should compete with winner of The Voice & Idol in a super final. Just a thought. I’d be up for it.”

7:30pm Wednesday, February 8 on TV2

The long-awaited new series of Two And A Half Men kicks off tonight as Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher joins the cast of the Emmy Award-nominated show.

When Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) dies in mysterious circumstances in France, Alan (Jon Cryer) and Jake (Angus T Jones) think that they’re going to have to find new digs.

But the Malibu beach house is snapped up by Walden Schmidt (Kutcher), a lonely and socially awkward Internet billionaire who asks them to stick around while he tries to recover from his split with his wife (Judy Greer). Alan and Jake agree to stay, and a new two and a half men continue the laughs about men, women, sex, dating, divorce, mothers, single parenthood, surrogate families, money and, most importantly, love.

7:30pm Tuesday, February 7 on TV2

It’s two and a half hours of Two And A Half Men as we prepare for the arrival of Ashton Kutcher with back-to-back episodes of the final five episodes featuring Charlie Sheen in Au Revoir Charlie: Two And A Half Men.

Sheen very publicly – and messily – exited the hit show when he made several uncomplimentary comments about the show’s creator, Chuck Lorre. With a drug-induced meltdown that involved shouting from a rooftop and wielding a machete, as well as a 20/20 interview that became infamous for lines such as, “I’ve got only one speed, one gear: Go!” things went from bad to worse for Sheen.

However, there is no denying that his success in the lead role made the show the worldwide super-hit that it is. Au Revoir Charlie: Two And A Half Men will screen tonight at 7:30pm on TV2.

Morgan returns to 30 Rock

Tracy Morgan has returned to 30 Rock following his hospitalisation last week after collapsing at the Sundance Film Festival. Morgan’s reps said the collapse was due to a combination of exhaustion and altitude sickness.

Office character getting spin-off?

The Office’s Rainn Wilson is said to be getting a spin-off series where his character Dwight Schrute will be the focus. 

Monty Python reuniting for film

The cast of Monty Python are said to be reuniting for a sci-fi film project with Robin Williams, who said: “It’s not a Monty Python picture, but it certainly has that sensibility.”

Sheen believes Kutcher deserves better

Charlie Sheen says he believes that Ashton Kutcher and his former Two and a Half men co-stars deserve better material that what creator Chuck Lorre is giving them. “Hats off to [Ashton Kutcher] for doing the best job that he can,” Sheen said. “I don’t think that he’s working with the best writing because [Lorre is] doing too many shows. He and [Jon Cryer] and [Angus T. Jones] deserve better material.”

New comedy from Scrubs and Cougar Town creator

Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence has seen a pilot ordered by Fox for his new comedy project, Like Father. 

Fairytale pilot picked up

A new pilot based on the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast has been picked up by the ABC network in the US. The project is described as a “fantastical reimagining” of the story.

True Blood actor joins The Walking Dead

True Blood actor Michael Raymond James has joined the cast of The Walking Dead in a unspecified role.

Sheen excited about new sitcom

Charlie Sheen has continued to take pot shots at Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre by saying of his own new sitcom: “I’m excited to be in a work environment that’s a playground for the imagination and not a f**king… quagmire of oppression.”

New Zealand audiences will finally get to see Ashton Kutcher in his new role as Charlie Sheen’s replacement on Two and a Half Men.

TV2 will screen the first episode with Kutcher playing millionaire Walden Schmidt on Wednesday, February 8 at 7.30pm.

The episode premiered in the US on September 19 last year to a massive audience of 28.7 million.

Hot in Cleveland renewed

Hot in Cleveland has officially been picked up for a fourth season, just a few days after the sitcom picked up the award for ‘Favourite Cable TV Comedy’ at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards.

Marco Polo series planned

A new drama series based on 13th century explorer Marco Polo is being developed by the Starz network. The series will follow Polo throughout his years as an ambassador, explorer and spy.

Kutcher looking for renewal

Ashton Kutcher says he hoped his new comedy series Two and a Half Men will be renewed for another season by CBS this year, calling his current movie roles as merely a “hiatus” between seasons of the sitcom. 

Wahlberg teases Entourage movie

Producer Mark Wahlberg has teased the planned Entourage movie, saying: “I think a 90-minute movie of sheer craziness–the guys getting back to just being about the guys, you know? Lose the ladies. Go crazy. Give people what they want.” 

Ten struggling for Henry’s co-host

Channel Ten bosses are said to be finding it difficult to find a co-host to join Paul Henry on the network’s revamped morning series Breakfast.

Carell to visit The Simpsons

Steve Carell will make a guest appearance on The Simpsons next year, playing the “tightly wound accountant” for mob boss Fat Tony.

BBC not firing Clarkson

The BBC has ruled out sacking Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson after around 32,000 complaints were received regarding Clarkson’s comments about striking public sector workers in the UK.

Longoria working on new series

Eva Longoria is said to be developing a new legal drama series for The CW network that would focus on a young lawyer who ends up going into business with her mother.

Moses joins The Killing

Desperate Housewives actor Mark Moses has signed on to feature in the second season of The Killing. The actor, who plays Paul on desperate Housewives, will take on the role of a new detective.

Lorre close to quitting

Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre has said he was close to quitting the sitcom after the uproar over the antics of Charlie Sheen. “I offered to quit the show last winter. I said, ‘Listen, if for some reason I’m now the Antichrist I’m happy to leave. It’s not in my interest to stop the show, and I certainly don’t want to put all these people out of work. Keep going. Get another guy. Don’t stop on my account.”

Kutcher more popular than Sheen

The Ashton Kutcher-led Two and a Half Men is currently proving more popular than the Charlie Sheen equivalent was this time last season in the US. 15.7 million tuned in to the latest episode, which is 10 per cent more than for the corresponding Sheen episode last season.

Laurie hints at directing future

Hugh Laurie has hinted that he may move on to writing and directing when House comes to an end. The British actor said: “I think I will probably be as interested by either writing or producing or directing, or some other aspect. I find the whole field of it fascinating.”

New comedy dropped

HBO has dropped the new comedy pilot from Tea Leoni called Spring/Fall. The network passed on the comedy, which was written by Six Feet Under’s Kate Robin.

Smallville actor joins Castle

Former Smallville actor Justin Hartley has landed a guest role on Castle, playing the boyfriend of One Tree Hill actress Hilarie Burton’s character, which was announced last week.

First Spartacus: Vengeance trailer released

The first trailer for the new season of Spartacus has been released. Spartacus: Vengeance marks the debut of new lead actor Liam McIntyre who replaced Andy Whitfield.

ABC orders more Pan Am, Happy Endings

American network ABC has ordered five more episodes of new series Pan Am as well as extending Happy Endings’ second season to a full 22 episodes.

Gary Busey to guest on Two and a Half Men

Gary Busey has landed a guest role as himself in the new season of Two and a Half Men. The actor will play himself as a patient at a mental facility in Malibu.

Borstein working on new series

Family Guy voice actress Alex Borstein has confirmed she is working on a new animated series. Borstein, who voices the character of Lois, is developing the new project alongside Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.