Profile of Two and a Half Men
How was Charlie killed in the premiere of season nine?
Hi I'm Lauren Zima and today we're going to talk about CBS' award-winning sitcom, Two and a Half Men. The show made its debut on CBS in 2003 starring actors Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer and relatively unknown child star Angus T. Jones. The sitcom centers on the life of indulgent playboy Charlie Harper, who spends his life partying and writing advertising jingles. Charlie's life is interrupted by his brother Alan, who is forced to move into Charlie's Malibu home after his divorce, along with his son Jake. Other main characters are Charlie's live-in housekeeper Berta, Alan's ex-wife Judith and Charlie's eccentric stalker Rose. Most of the show's episodes focus on Charlie's endless stream of casual relationships with beautiful women, Alan's difficulties with his ex-wife, Jake growing up and Charlie's attempts to find new love. During season 3, Alan marries Kandi but the relationship ends because Alan is reluctant to have more children. In season 4 Alan struggles to pay alimony from his earnings as a chiropractor and then spends season 5 struggling for love. In the show's 6th season Charlie becomes engaged to his girlfriend Chelsea, but the relationship ultimately fails during season 8 when Charlie realizes he's in love with Rose. At the end of season 8, Charlie travels to Paris with Rose to get married, but during the premier to season 9 it is revealed that Charlie was killed after falling in front of a train. Off screen, actor Sheen was suffering a breakdown and at a war of words with show creator Chuck Lorre. Sheen was subsequently fired from his role and was replaced by Ashton Kutcher, who plays the role of Walden Schmidt. Schmidt was introduced as a depressed billionaire who agreed to buy Charlie's home after becoming friends with Alan. Since its premiere, the show has been a huge success, winning multiple Emmy awards and Golden Globes and attracting millions of viewers. Charlie Sheen became the highest paid actor in television during his run, earning $1.78 million dollars per episode.And that's your overview of Two and a Half Men, for more information go to About.com.