Ashton Kutcher Nearing New Deal with Two and a Half Men

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It's been a foregone conclusion ever since his debut netted enormous ratings, but TV Guide reports Ashton Kutcher and CBS are nearing a deal that will bring the actor back for another season of Two and a Half Men.

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Kutcher only signed a contract for one year in the summer of 2011, and his status was a major topic of discussion at the Two and a Half Men PaleyFest panel earlier this month. Both the actor and creator Chuck Lorre expressed enthusiasm for at least one more season of Walden Schmidt.

Ratings for Ashton's premiere on the sitcom were gargantuan (28.7 million viewers). They've since dropped down to sub-Charlie Sheen levels (below 12 million for each of the previous two new episodes), but Two and a Half Men remains one of the most-watched half hours on television.

Kutcher, who has been earning $700,000/episode, will likely receive a raise when he signs this new deal.

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