The new season of Two and a Half Men sounds more depressing than Requiem for a Dream.
First it was announced that the show will open with Charlie Sheen's character's funeral. He apparently died in a brutal train crash, and all of his ex-lovers show up to remember him.
Now, while being interviewed on The Late Show with David Letterman, Ashton Kutcher has revealed that his character will be battling issues with suicide.
I'm all for dark humor, but considering Two and a Half Men usually relies on a mixture of sexual puns and fart jokes, I just don't know if viewers are going to be cool with this.
Ashton will be introduced into the series as Walden Schmidt, a depressed Internet billionaire.
"I’m very heartbroken over this break-up that’s taken place - I may, in some way, shape, or form, be trying to kill myself," Ashton tells Letterman.
The actor also added that he's reluctant to replace Charlie Sheen because he "didn't want to be a troll."
"But I think it's going to go through the roof. I really do. I've been laughing really hard," Kutcher said of the new season.
For Chuck Lorre's sake, let's hope Ashton's right. But he has a chance. There are a few other sitcoms that survived after losing their lead:
Happy Days: Ron Howard was the main character, although I think people remember The Fonz more than anything. After seven seasons, Howard left his role as Ritchie Cunningham to pursue a career in directing. It was a pretty good move for Ron, but how did the show fare? Pretty well, since the writers were smart enough to move the focus on Henry Winkler's character, Fonzie. It lasted a few seasons after Howard's departure. Heyyyyyyyy!
Cheers: If audiences liked Shelly Long's character on the show, they loved Kirstie Alley's. Long was an instrumental part of the show when it debuted, as her relationship with Ted Danson's character was a key plotline. But when she left, audiences responded very, very well to Alley's character, Rebecca Howe. Time Magazine called it "one of the greatest career stumbles in show business history." Years later, Alley had another career stumble when she fell on her ass on Dancing With the Stars.
Spin City: Oddly enough, Charlie Sheen replaced Michael J. Fox after Fox's health became too much of an issue. Fox left the show to focus his time on raising money for Parkinson's research. People liked Sheen, but it seemed like the show had lost it's charm. It didn't last long after Fox left, but Sheen at least got it a Golden Globe, so it went out with a bang. And if there's one thing Charlie Sheen is good at, it's banging.