At a TV press event yesterday, CBS exec Nina Tassler provided some details on ASHTON KUTCHER’S “Two and a Half Men” character.
She said his name will be Walden Schmidt . . . and he’ll be a, quote, “Internet billionaire with a broken heart. [He's] unique.” It’s unclear if he’ll be related to the other one-and-a half men . . . like CHARLIE SHEEN’S character was.
Naturally, Tassler was asked questions about Charlie Sheen . . . but she avoided most of them, and shifted the focus to the future with the new cast. However, if you read between the lines, she did drop in some passive aggressive digs.
When asked what they learned from the Charlie Sheen fiasco, she said, quote, “Oh where do I begin? What we learned is that we have an extraordinary cast . . .
“There is great value in hiring an actor like Ashton. He’s extra professional, a funny, talented gifted actor who comes with a tremendous amount of commitment and enthusiasm . . . [we're] moving forward to create an exciting new character and deliver a great show.”
She added, quote, “We’re worlds apart” from where things were six months ago.
Earlier this week, Deadline.com reported that the season premiere will feature the funeral of CHARLIE SHEEN’S character, Charlie Harper.
Tassler wouldn’t comment on that. She merely said, quote, “I know that’s out there, but I’m not going to confirm or deny that. The mystery is a part of the marketing.” The season premiere airs September 19th.