When we last left “Two and a Half Men,” Jake (Angus T. Jones) took a road trip with his dad Alan (Jon Cryer) before heading off to Japan. While Walden (Ashton Kutcher) was torn between Stacey (Hilary Duff), the woman he was dating, and her grandmother (Marilu Henner). But does it really matter what happened? Now in its 11th season, the show keeps chugging along despite a very major and very public cast departure two years ago. And more changes are coming.
Here’s what you need to know about “Two and a Half Men,” which returns on September 26 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS.
1. The half man is gone. Angus T. Jones is departing the series. On the show, Jake has been transferred to Japan. In real life, Jones is heading to college. Despite Jones’ controversial remarks last year where he denounced the series, executive producer and series creator Chuck Lorre said the door is always open for Jones to return and he’s optimistic that Jones could occasionally recur. “I certainly hope he comes back from time to time. But for now he’s embarking on a new life,” Lorre told The Hollywood Reporter in July.
2. Amber Tamblyn moves in. Tamblyn (“Joan of Arcadia,” “House”) has been cast as Jenny, Charlie’s (Charlie Sheen) long-lost daughter. She’s a lesbian who apparently shares her dad’s less-than-mature attitude toward women. Jenny comes to L.A. to connect with her remaining family and pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Lorre told The Hollywood Reporter that the character will bring a “different perspective” to the show. Tamblyn has signed on for five episodes but it could turn into a series regular role. She already has one fan in co-star Ashton Kutcher. “She’s just amazing. I’ve been working with her all week, and I’m beyond excited,” Kutcher told “Extra” in August.
3. All of this means new opening credits. Most likely the new credits will just feature Cryer (who got a raise this season) and Kutcher. Perhaps the other series regular Conchata Ferrell, who plays Berta, will make the cut? But don’t look for Tamblyn. Her current recurring cast status means it might be awhile until she gets to sing the “Men” theme song.
4. The show has a new time slot. After moving last fall from Mondays to the Thursday at 8:30 p.m. time slot, the show is on the move once again. This time to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays to make room for the new CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones” starring Robin Williams.
5. Beleaguered Alan gets some help from a super hero. Poor Alan had a rough time last season after he was dumped by his fiancée Lyndsey Mackelroy (Courtney Thorne-Smith). Perhaps he’ll get a little comfort from Lynda Carter, who will guest star as a version of herself. Turns out Alan had a huge crush on Wonder Woman.
“Two and a Half Men” premieres Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS.