At least two Hollywood trade publications are reporting that Ashton Kutcher will replace Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men."
Furthermore, on Thursday night, May 12, 2011, Kutcher sent out this tweet: "What’s the square root of 6.25?" The answer is 2.5.
Matthew Belloni and Kim Masters wrote in The Hollywood Reporter, "Two sources close to the deal-making tell The Hollywood Reporter that the actor is putting the final touches on a deal to replace Charlie Sheen as the star of TV’s No. 1 comedy. CBS, studio Warner Bros. and Kutcher’s reps at CAA declined to comment on the situation but a deal is said to be all but signed. The exact dollar figure he will be paid is not known but a source says Kutcher is getting a ‘huge payday’ to join the hit sitcom."
Over at Deadline.com, Nikki Finke and Nellie Andreeva wrote, "We’ve just received word that negotiations have concluded, marking ‘That ’70s Show’ co-star Ashton Kutcher’s return to television after a brief movie career. He is replacing Charlie Sheen in ‘Two And A Half Men.’ "
Added the THR story: " ‘Broadcasting & Cable’ reported Thursday that Kutcher’s name was surfacing as a possible Sheen replacement. The actor, who starred in the winter hit No Strings Attached, would be taking first regular series gig since catapulting to stardom on Fox’s That 70’s Show. He also executive produced the hit MTV hidden-camera series Punk’d, among others."
One of those "others" that Kutcher was involved with was the short-lived CW series "The Beautiful Life." Kutcher was the executive producer of the show. The series–focusing on the glamorous fashion industry–debuted in September 2009 and was canceled after its second episode aired.
Finke and Andreeva added in their story and analysis, "Because Kutcher is both a producer as well as an actor, he has a good reputation as a responsible showbiz professional. Sure, the producers’ top choice, Hugh Grant, would have been a swing for the fences — a real coup that could have bought the aging comedy series another 3 or 4 seasons on the air. By contrast, Ashton, whose movie career went from warm to ice cold in just a few years, is a solid base hit."
THR reported that "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre is "really happy" with the choice of Kutcher to replace Sheen.