Ashton Kutcher lands on 'Two and a Half Men'


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New York: Pressed by a deadline to keep TV's most popular sitcom alive after it was derailed by Charlie Sheen's personal troubles, CBS and Warner Bros. Television said on Friday that Ashton Kutcher will replace Sheen in Two and a Half Men.

The show resumes production this summer and will be on CBS' schedule in the fall, with Kutcher playing a new character, not Sheen's Charlie Harper.

The deal apparently came together quickly, following reports earlier this week that negotiations with film actor Hugh Grant to join the show had fallen through.

, film roles like the romantic comedy No Strings Attached and for producing and hosting the prank show Punk'd.

A deadline on deciding whether the show would continue was looming, with CBS set to unveil its fall schedule to advertisers in New York next Wednesday. Kutcher is not as well known as Sheen but is 12 years younger and has a huge following of fans who check in on his every utterance on Twitter.

He said Friday he believes that "we can fill the stage with laughter that will echo in viewers' homes. "I can't replace Charlie Sheen but I'm going to work [hard] to entertain the hell out of people," Kutcher said.

Kutcher's quote was the only mention of Sheen in Friday's news release. Warner cut short the show's eighth season and fired Sheen two months ago following his public implosion through hard partying and angry criticism of show creator Chuck Lorre.