'Two and a Half Men' Stars Close One-Year Deals for Season 10
Sources say the new actor pacts with CBS and producer Warner Bros. Television will give the stars small raises.
Two and a Half Men stars Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones have locked one-year deals to return to the hit sitcom for its 10th season in the fall, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Sources say the new pacts with CBS and producer Warner Bros. Television were finalized last week and will give the stars small raises. Kutcher isn't getting the $1 million per episode TV Guide reported in March that he was seeking, but he'll be paid slightly more than the $700,000 to $725,000 per episode (or about $15 million to $16 million) he is widely thought to be making this season. Cryer is said to make a little less than that and also will get a small raise. Jones, who earns about half what Kutcher does, will get a similar bump.
As THR reported in March, CBS initially sought to lock in the cast for two-year deals. But sources said the actors and their reps balked at the commitment. Jones, who has been with the show since its inception in 2003, is especially interested in moving on. He would like to attend college after next season.
Despite the deals with the cast, Two and a Half Men is still awaiting an official pickup by CBS. The network is said to be working out financial details with WBTV, as well as with Lorre and other key writer-producers. In a recent interview with THR, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves suggested the negotiation “was the normal dance that happens,” adding, “You never know until it’s over, but I think everybody is predisposed to coming back, and I think it will be back.”
Two and a Half Men is a cash cow for CBS and WBTV, though ratings for the show have been down lately, hitting a series-low 3.6 in March. Still, this season's average is higher than last year, thanks to huge fall numbers fueled by Kutcher replacing fired longtime star Charlie Sheen in the cast. And syndication deals are worth tens of millions of dollars per season of the show.
Kutcher is repped by CAA and the Sloane Offer law firm. Cryer is repped by UTA and Myman Greenspan. Jones is repped by Paradigm.
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