Stars Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer have received offers from CBS and studio Warner Bros. Television for two-year deals to remain on "Two and a Half Men," but the pacts don’t include raises, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The lack of raises is "a big problem," according to the story, which describes the offers as the starting point for what will likely turn into lengthy negotiations.
Some media reports have forecast that Kutcher would be bumped up from $700,000 an episode to $1 million an episode, as we reported earlier this week. He is already said to be the highest-paid actor in TV comedy.
The article reports: "If CBS insists on two years at the current pay levels, it might end up with nothing. Then again, the cast already is extremely well-paid, so taking the current salaries would hardly be an insult. The network, rather than WBTV, is taking the lead on salary negotiations because its license fee fronts the cost of shows that reach this many seasons."
CBS declined to comment, the story adds.