Two and a Half Men

Following on from last night’s post about the new shows coming to TV One, here’s what’s instore for TV2 in 2012.

First off, a rebrand.  If my assumptions are correct, think the TV One logo but take the “One” out of the circle and put the current “2” inside it.  This would certainly bring some consistency between the channels.

Shortland Street will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2012 while Go Girls will be back for a fourth season.  The trailer shows Kevin returning from Thames to tell the girls that he thinks he’s just left his wife.  Considering Zoe Cramond (Amanda) is now a regular on Packed to the Rafters in Australia, that’s probably why.

TV2 seemed to be a bit light on the big new dramas to fill the gaps of final seasons of Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy but there are some good new shows in there. Continue reading »

Kiwi actress Melanie Lynskey has landed a guest role in the eighth season House.

The actress, who is best known for her role as Charlie’s stalker neighbour Rose on Two and a Half Men, will play the wife of House’s (Hugh Laurie) latest patient.

Lynskey’s character will be the main focus of the episode, rather than her sick husband.

Besides her Two and a Half Men role, the New Plymouth-born actress has also been seen in the likes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the 2009 film Up in the Air.

Source: Digital Spy

The Office available on iTunes

The Office has celebrated its ten year anniversary by making its episodes available for download on iTunes. Both seasons and the Christmas specials will be available to purchase.

Spartacus actor joins Damages

Spartacus actor John Hannah will play a major recurring role alongside Ryan Phillippe in the fifth and final season of Damages. 

Sheen criticises new Men series

Charlie Sheen has been quick to criticise the new version of Two and a Half Men but still beleves Ashton Kutcher is doing an OK job. “I’m extremely disappointed with how they’re handling what I left behind,” Sheen told TMZ. “He’s doing the best he can. I don’t think the role is cursed.”

True Blood creator developing new show

True Blood creator Alan Ball is developing a new medical drama for HBO called Wichita. The drama centre son a Kansa abortion doctor who ends up as the focal point of a “contemporary political, cultural and ethical war”.

Kutcher plugs companies on Two and a Half Men

Ashton Kutcher has caused a bit of a stir in his second episode on Two and a Half Men thanks to a bunch of stickers on his character’s laptop. The stickers were for companies in which Kutcher himself has a stake and CBS apparently had no idea.

Fey and Longoria highest-paid actresses

Tina Fey and Eva Longoria have been named TV’s highest-paid actresses. The pair are said to have earned $13 million each between May 2010 and May 2011.

Director developing new series

Easy A and Friends With Benefits director Will Gluck is working on a new comedy for the Fox network. The show is described as a “family comedy” that will examine relationships with neighbours and the “American Dream”.

Monk returning to Grey’s

Reports are suggesting that actress Debra Monk will reprise her role in Grey’s Anatomy. The actress, who plays the mother of George, was last seen on the show in 2009.

Sheen settles disagreement 

Charlie Sheen has reached an agreement with his former employers Warner Bros and Chuck Lorre over his departure last year. Sheen will most likely receive a large sum of back-end payments, which are royalties owed for his time on Two and a Half Men.

Two and a Half Men down 30% in US

The second episode of the new season of Two and a Half Men in the US was down 30% in the ratings on its premiere episode. 20 million viewers tuned in to Ashton Kutcher’s second showing.

New Schneider sitcom picked up

Actor Rob Schneider’s new sitcom has been officially picked up by the CBS network. The currently untitled project, which is based on Schneider’s own life, will debut in 2012.

HIMYM creators reteam for new project

The creators of How I Met Your Mother have reteamed to develop a new TV project called The Goodwin Games. The project will follow three estranged siblings who reconnect following their father’s death.

HBO releases Luck trailer

HBO has released a trailer for its new horse-racing drama series Luck that features Dustin Hoffman and director Michael Mann.

Desperate Housewives debuts to record low audience

The US premiere of the final season of Desperate Housewives has debuted to the show’s lowest-ever premiere ratings. The episode was watched by only 9.8 million, down 3 million on last year.

Three actors returning to One Tree Hill

Three more actors have signed up to return for the final season of One Tree Hill. Allison Munn, Scott Holroyd and Devin McGee will all reprise their roles on the ninth and final season of the teen drama.

Sheen describes Kutcher’s debut as “terrific”

Charlie Sheen has described his Two and a Half Men replacement Ashton Kutcher as “terrific” on the sitcom. “It was a big night for everybody on Monday night – for Two and a Half [Men], for us, for me… I think everybody won. I thought the show was really good. I thought [Kutcher] was terrific,” Sheen told Access Hollywood.

Lewis joins Neighbours

Former Home and Away actor Lincoln Lewis has landed a four week role on rival Australian sitcom Neighbours. Lewis, who played Geoff on Home and Away, will also be appearing in the new Underbelly: Razor series premiering in NZ this week.

True Blood actor to guest on Two and a Half Men

True Blood actor Joe Manganiello has signed on for a guest role on Two and a Half Men to play the boyfriend of the ex-wife of Ashton Kutcher’s new character.

Dent joins The Mentalist

Former The Shield actress Catherine Dent has signed up for a major recurring role in The Mentalist. Dent’s character is expected to clash with Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney). 

Showrunner for Sheen’s new sitcom

Charlie Sheen’s forthcoming sitcom Anger Management now has a showrunner in place in the form of Bruce Helford who has created sitcoms for the likes of Drew Carey in the past.

Drop Dead Diva renewed

Legal comedy-drama Drop Dead Diva has been renewed for a fourth season by Lifetime in the US.

So far this year, TVNZ has 27 news stories on their website that mentioned “Two and a Half Men”. “Charlie Sheen” has appeared in 33.  So you would think that with all that, coupled with all the publicity and gossip that has appeared everywhere about the “winning” actor that getting the highly anticipated new series of the show to air would be a priority.  Apparently not.  TVNZ have told us that the new series won’t be screening in New Zealand until the New Year.

It’s at this point that one could easily assume that there are some people as seriously medicated as Sheen supposedly was in the programming department.  Perhaps they falsely believe that the new SkyNet law will save their last century approach to television programming but in doing so, they’ve failed to acknowledge the pure hatred and jealousy of print media and the like.

Everywhere you looked today, there were reviews and news about the new Two and a Half Men.  What fantastic publicity.  A record 27.7 million people watched the episode.  Wow. Sadly though, it’s all a missed opportunity as TVNZ don’t want to screen it until the New Year for their “New Season Launch”.  But never mind.  If you haven’t already dodged the torrent spies and downloaded and watched the episode or can’t wait until the new year, TVNZ have a blow by blow account of what actually happens. Seriously.  Yes they do.

Australia managed to screen the episode last night, hours after it aired in the US.  In less than 24 hours, TV3 will screen The X Factor hours after it has screened in the US. What does it take for TVNZ to deliver content to an audience that wants it?  I have my thoughts on why but that’s another post for another day…

Kutcher’s Men debut draws 27.8m

Ashton Kutcher’s debut on Two and a Half Men in the US drew a massive 27.8 million viewers for CBS. The figure is around double the usual audience for past episodes of the sitcom.

Sheen Roast sets Comedy Central record

The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen has also drawn big ratings for Comedy Central, with 6.4 million viewers tuning in. The audience is roughly double what the previous roasts for David Hasselhoff and Donald Trump drew.

BBC suing Italian network

The BBC is suing an Italian TV channel owned by Silvio Berlusconi over what they believe to be a rip-off of Strictly Come Dancing. The BBC believe the rival show, entitled Baila!, will infringe its copyright for the Dancing with the Stars/Strictly Come Dancing format.

Drea de Matteo to guest on CSI: Miami

Actress Drea de Matteo has signed up for a guest role on CSI: Miami. De Matteo has had lead role son the likes of The Sopranos, Desperate Housewives and Sons of Anarchy.

Ashton Kutcher joins Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones in the new Two and a Half Men opening titles sequence.