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5.0 out of 5 stars Lorre should end Men with season 8!, July 18, 2011
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This review is from: Two and a Half Men: Season 8 (DVD)
I purchased season 8 and I am glad that Amazon cut the price, $44 was ridiculous for 16 episodes and a season that has no closure. My wife and I have been fans of this show for several years. I am dying of relapsing progressive Multiple Sclerosis and this show has been a really enjoyable treat for the two of us. My wife and I are also writers and we are both baffled by how Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn are going to re-write a hit show created around Charlie Sheen. In one of Chuck Lorre's famous vanity cards he spoke eloquently of creating Two and a Half Men and finding a star that was humble and funny and how he assembled a cast that is the end all be all for his vision. Now going into the 9th season of Two and Half Men those good feelings of appreciation for Charlie Sheen, without whom these two men would have had yet another failed pilot as Lorre talks about in his vanity cards after Dharma & Greg had been canceled.

Will attempt to recreate a show that is fully matured and created for the forty something generation by bringing in a 32 year old kid. What could this child have in common with Alan, (Jon Cryer), Berta, (Conchata Ferrel) Evelyn, (Holland Taylor) Jake, (Angus T. Jones) Rose ( Melanie Lynskey) Judith, (Marin Hinkle) Herb (Ryan Stiles)?
How do they integrate into a mid forty and over cast a character named "Raymond"( Ashton Kutcher) who was born in 1979? a 32 year old kid, what does he have in common with this cast of characters who are searching for meaning in middle age? He is closer in age to Jones than any other member of the cast.

Granted, Ashton Kutcher is married to Demi Moor who was born in 1962 and is 17 years older than Kutcher but he does not have 20 plus years of life experience, nor can he act. He found fame on that 70's show, and while the title of the show and its wardrobe and sets where 70's the show dealt with current issues for Kutcher's age group. The show did not have the following of matured and life seasoned viewers as Men does.

The bottom line is Lorre and Sheen had a falling out. Lorre is now fighting for his television life by attempting to replace an eight season character (Charlie Harper) who is loved by millions a 45 year-old lush and womanizer who has moments of clarity and wisdom and a quick wit and Cynicism.....with a kid.
Lorre and Aronsohn completely "kill" Charlie Harper the nucleolus of their hit series just to try to grab a few extra bucks. It is not about the show or the audience in my opinion this is sheer greed on the part of Lorre to grab every buck he can and exploit the fine actors that have helped to make him a very wealthy man.

I can't see any way that it will work or that the audience that has supported this wonderful show that their generation could relate to and understand its complex humor is going to accept this situation.

As a writer he should be true to his craft and end the show instead of running it into cancellation by CBS. Lorre has other hit shows on CBS he should focus on those and let this show end with dignity.
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Initial post: Aug 8, 2011 8:15:08 PM PDT
N. Joseph says:
I completely agree with your review. In my personal opinion, I don't think that Charlie Sheen can be replaced simply because the whole show revolved around his character. And I also agree that Ashton Kutcher cannot act. I will watch the season opener only out of curiosity but I seriously doubt it if I am going to continue with the rest of the season.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 9:45:41 PM PST
OceanBreeze says:
Roy A. Teal Jr., understands little of being in business. Two hundred and fifty people that were involved with the show, with Charlie Sheen, are no doubt VERY happy to still have a job. I am proud that Chuck Lorre and Mr. Aronsohn have tried to prolong this show that every viewer enjoyed. May they succeed, with any audience they can appeal to. This gal will be watching. I love all the actors in the show and wish to continue seeing them.

If you own a business with many employees, and you have a great customer base, but your main employee has left for one or more reasons, would you just close up shop, put your tail between your legs, and ride off into the sunset, or would you try to keep the doors open for all who depend upon your business, for their livilihoods or entertainment? Why should the awesome creativity of these two men come to a halt just because of a coddled, selfish, self-destructive brat, who has had too much fame and fortune, way too soon, have the capacity to end the careers of so many others? Are you not aware of the many chances our boy Charlie, was given, to clean up his act? He let down many of his co-workers and millions of us, who loved the show because of him.

I wish the new format of the show, much success. I have bought all the DVDs and am sure Charlie boy is reaping many benefits, from the sales and syndication of the show he made, and destroyed, and he doesn't even have to work at it, any more. Not bad. Charlie still wins and I hope Lorre and Aronsohn do too.

Wake up and get into the real world.....
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