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TV Ratings: CBS Dominates With 12 Of The Top 20 Shows

5/24/2012 12:33pm EDT
Mike & Molly
If the latest TV ratings week was a final exam, CBS would get an A+ and NCIS would graduate at the top of the class. The stalwart once again topped the Nielsen ratings, besting all other scripted and reality programming, even as American Idol geared up for its finale.

‘NCIS’ attracted over 19 million viewers and spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles got over 15 million. By comparison, the Wednesday and Thursday editions of "Idol' attracted 17.7 million and 16.4 million, respectively.

CBS had 12 of the Top 20 shows, including Person of Interest, The Mentalist and How I Met Your Mother. Mike & Molly ac...

'Two And A Half Men' Moving To Thursday Nights

5/17/2012 10:35am EDT
Two and a Half Men
CBS had announced that Two and a Half Men won't be returning to Monday nights this fall, and will instead be airing after The Big Bang Theory on Thursday nights to create a comedy block.

Big Bang Theory has mostly failed as a lead-in to other shows on the network (How to be a Gentlemen, Rules of Engagement and Rob all sputtered after the hit comedy). Surprise hit 2 Broke Girls will be moved to Monday to take up the vacated timeslot.

The move could possibly bring 2 and a Half Men higher ratings, as it will no longer compete with ESPN's Monday Night Football in the fall. However, it will ...

Jenny McCarthy To Pose For Playboy Again

5/17/2012 9:08am EDT
Jenny McCarthy
Jenny McCarthy is baring all again for Playboy one more time as she prepares to celebrate her 40th birthday in November.

The model and actress kicked off her career with a Playboy pictorial in 1993 and went on to become that year's Playmate of the Year. She has returned for spreads in the men's magazine over the years and in 2009 admitted she would like one more chance to pose naked for the publication before she turned 40.

She said, "I would absolutely pose for Playboy. I would be so flattered if they asked me. It's probably not going to happen but I think I want to do it again."

It ...

CBS Unveils Just Four New Shows For 2012-13 Season; Cancels 'CSI: Miami'

5/16/2012 1:01pm EDT
CBS series Elementary
CBS just announced its new 2012-2013 primetime schedule, which includes four new series. The network is also making four key time period moves.

Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment, commented, "These new series feature a great range of bold concepts, rich characters, big stars and fresh faces. From a new take on Sherlock Holmes to an epic battle for control of 1960s Las Vegas to a working-class point of view in a prestigious law firm, the dramas each have a unique style and sensibility."

The new series are:

-"Elementary," a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Hol...

'Two And A Half Men' – Big Head Baby Boy Jake Joins The Army In Season Finale

5/15/2012 11:04am EDT
Two And A Half Men
Jake greets Alan with a “good morning,” although it’s two p.m. He says he slept in, but is surprised to hear its Sunday, since he can’t figure out what happened to Saturday. Alan’s concerned; Jake’s graduating from high school in a few days, and has no idea what he’ll do next. As he tells Jake that he’ll never amount to anything if he sleeps all day, a naked Walden wanders into the kitchen, having just wakened as well.

Jake and Eldridge sit on Jake’s bed in their graduation cap and gowns, eating pizza. Both can’t handle their parents nagging about the future. They’ve been told they must g...

CBS Renews 'Two And A Half Men' For Another Season

5/13/2012 11:41am EDT
Two And A Half Men
Ashton Kutcher must be doing something right, because CBS has renewed its flagship comedy, Two And A Half Men for a 10th season.

The show's stars, Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones, will also be getting a bump in pay, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show's viewership is actually up 13% since the highly publicized departure of former star Charlie Sheen, who called the show a "steaming pile of s--t" after he was let go.

Only two comedies are more popular than Men - The Big Bang Theory (#1, CBS) and Modern Family (#2, ABC).

$16 Million Contract Puts Britney Spears On TV's Top Paid List - Behind Judge Judy

5/10/2012 11:03am EDT
Britney Spears
Britney Spears is reportedly set to rake in $16 million as a judge on The X Factor, but the incredible amount isn't nearly enough to put her on top of TV's best paid list.

Assuming The X Factor has the same amount of episodes this season (26), Spears would pocket a bit over $615,000 an episode. That makes her the second highest paid per episode in primetime currently - Ashton Kutcher makes $700,000 an episode for Two and a Half Men. She is also far behind predecessor Charlie Sheen's whopping $1.2 million an episode. It would put her ahead of William Petersen's previous salary on CSI ($600,...

'Two And A Half Men' Recap – A Straw In My Donut Hole

5/8/2012 10:00am EDT
Two And A Half Men
This must be a dream. Alan’s returned from hospital to find a ‘Welcome Home’ greeting from his friends and family at the Beach House. Surely, we’re looking at a Two and A Half Men apocalypse.

In the last episode, Alan reacted to Walden’s decision to have Zoey and Anna stay at the Beach House by having a minor heart attack. Walden felt so guilty that he paid for Alan’s hospital stay, and allowed him to live with him for as long as he needed.

This week, Walden is being very solicitous of Alan, carrying his bags, and worrying about Alan’s health. When they return home from Alan’s second tr...

CBS To Give 'Two And A Half Men' Star Ashton Kutcher A Raise

5/2/2012 8:57am EDT
Two And A Half Men
CBS executives are rumored to be offering Ashton Kutcher $725,000 for each episode of "Two And A Half Men" next season, according to That's $25,000 more than he currently makes per episode.

Kutcher's co-star Jon Cryer is expected to earn a similar amount, and Angus T. Jones is expected to take home $300,000 an episode.

Ratings indicate that the show isn't as popular since Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen last fall. Between 10 million and 11.25 million people have tuned in to each episode this season compared to an average of 13-14 million that watched when Sheen starred.


'Two And A Half Men' Recap: Kathy Bates Nails It As Charlie's Ghost

5/1/2012 10:22am EDT
Two And A Half Men
Previously on Two and a Half Men, Zoey and daughter Ava moved in to the Beach House with Walden, while Alan stayed with Lyndsey. Neither man enjoyed their changed circumstances, and couldn’t wait for things to get back to ‘normal.’

As Walden wondered how to tell Zoey that he just couldn’t live with Ava’s energy level, Zoey told him that he had become Ava’s hero, and that he was all she talked about. So Zoey thinks that perhaps it would be a good idea for the two of them to move in permanently.

Alan knocks at the door. He’s back! With suitcase in hand, he’s ready to move back in, but is s...

Charlie Sheen Surprises His Attorney At Bar Association Event

4/19/2012 10:30am EDT
Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen surprised his high-powered Hollywood lawyer Marty Singer by giving a foul-mouthed speech in his honor at a prestigious bar association event this week.

Legal powerhouse Singer represented the actor in his multi-million dollar court battle with Warner Bros. bosses over his firing from hit sitcom Two and a Half Men last year, and Sheen returned the favor by appearing at the Beverly Hills Bar Association bash in California on Wednesday.

Sheen was a surprise speaker at the event, which crowned Singer entertainment lawyer of the year, and he roasted his pal with a series of exp...

Kelly Stables Expecting Her First Child

4/19/2012 9:09am EDT
Kelly Stables
Actress Kelly Stables is pregnant with her first child.

The former Two and a Half Men star and her husband, manager Kurt Patino, will become parents in September.

Her representative tells, "The couple is over the moon."

Stables' pregnancy will be written into the upcoming second season of her current show The Exes.

'Two And A Half Men' Recap: How To Handle A Seven Year Old

4/17/2012 10:07am EDT
If Walden wants Zoey and her daughter Ava to move in with him, Alan will have to move out. Since its Spring Break, Walden has the perfect opportunity to propose that Alan stay with Lyndsey for a week, just for a trial period. If Zoey moves in, the situation could become permanent, says Walden, throwing Alan into a panic.

Berta’s not thrilled about having a child around the house either, and says she’ll just take the week off. Walden assures her that Zoey will take care of Ava; there will be no extra work for Berta to do. And Walden thinks that he’d better see what it’s like to live with A...

Ashton Kutcher Invests In Technology Start-Up Firm Dwolla

4/12/2012 8:09am EDT
Ashton Kutcher
Actor Ashton Kutcher has thrown his financial support behind a new technological start-up company, which allows users to make payments with their smartphones.

The Two and a Half Men star's venture capital company A-Grade Investments has teamed up with four other investors to help finance Iowa-based firm Dwolla, which aims to enable users to transfer money or pay for items with their mobile phone for a flat fee of 25 cents per transaction.

Kutcher admits he is excited about the new business venture, telling local publication The Des Moines Register, "I think this company could employ hun...

'Two And A Half Men' Recap – Golden Girls Gone Wild

4/10/2012 10:15am EDT
Two and a Half Men - Grandma's Pie
This week, the show picks up two story lines from the recent past – Walden’s on again/off again partnership with Billy Stanhope, and Alan and Lyndsey’s mothers getting together. But the real shocker is that Walden may actually be contemplating a change in the Beach House’s living arrangements; could Alan really, finally, have to grow up and move out? Hang on … in episode 13, back in January, Walden made a deal with Alan - Alan is now half owner of the Beach House, at least on paper. Alan doesn’t have any rights to sell the property, or to borrow against it, but he can tell women it’s his ho...

Q&A: Courtney Thorne-Smith Talks 'Two and a Half Men'

4/9/2012 8:00am EDT
Courtney Thorne-Smith
Courtney Thorne-Smith has made a name for herself in television, whether you remember her breakout role on the original Melrose Place, or her portrayal of Georgia Thomas on Ally McBeal, or her stint as Cheryl on the long-running According To Jim. These days, she's brought her experience and energy to Two and a Half Men as Lyndsey MacElroy, the on-again, off-again girlfriend of Alan (Jon Cryer).

I recently talked with Courtney about what she enjoys about the role, her thoughts on the transition from Charlie Sheen to Ashton Kutcher, and if she can possibly pick a favorite part from her sma...

Rihanna And Ashton Kutcher Dating?

3/26/2012 6:00pm EDT
Ashton Kutcher Rihanna
Could Rihanna be dating another bad boy? Britain's The Sun reports that the pop star is dating Demi Moore's ex Ashton Kutcher!

The newspaper says that Rihanna hit it off with the Two and a Half Men star in December at a mutual friend's party in L.A. Since then she has been enamored with Ashton, even asking to take part in Kabbalah meetings.

"The flirting began as soon as Rihanna and Ashton met and swapped numbers. That moved on to texts and arranging to meet. They snuck off to a Santa Monica hotel a few weeks ago," said a source.

Rihanna has also asked Ashton to come to the UK for the ...

'Two And A Half' Men Recap: Mamma Mia! It's Mom-Ageddon!

3/20/2012 2:00pm EDT
Two And A Half
Walden talks long distance with Zoey, who’s still in England. They miss each other, and Walden gets rather lovey dovey. He also tells her that neither Alan nor Jake will be living at the Beach House forever.

Walden tells Jake and Eldridge they’re welcome to play video games on the big screen TV. Alan and Lyndsey have gone to pick up her mother at the rest home, which Eldridge calls “The International House of Old People, “ or IHOOP for short. Eldridge gets upset when Jake comments on Alan and Lyndsey having sex.

Walden comments on how calm the boys seem, despite both coming from divorced...

Kathy Bates To Play Charlie Sheen's Ghost

3/20/2012 8:10am EDT
Kathy Bates
Oscar winner Kathy Bates is to play Charlie Sheen's ghost on TV sitcom Two And A Half Men.

The actress will appear to Jon Cryer's character Alan as Charlie Harper in a dream sequence on an episode to air on April 30th.

Sheen played Harper until he was fired after a bust-up with producers last year. He was replaced on the show by Ashton Kutcher.

The character was killed off when he was hit by a train in Paris and his funeral was held in the premiere of the ninth season.

This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Ashton Kutcher And Kirk Cameron

3/9/2012 1:38pm EST
Ashton Kutcher
Shining Star: Ashton Kutcher: They may no longer be married, but it appears the "Two and a Half Men" star still wants to be a good stepdad to Demi Moore's daughters.

Kutcher was the only parent who came out to Rumer Willis' concert at Hollywood's Sayers Club.

People Magazine reports, Kutcher was cheering and clapping for his former stepdaughter as she performed a four-song set. We're told he even sang along, and took pictures of her on his phone.

The actor started out the night right. He went to see her backstage, and they had a heartfelt chat before her show. After the performance,...

Kaley Cuoco: 'I'm Not Engaged Anymore'

3/3/2012 1:00pm EST
Kaley Cuoco
The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco has called off her engagement.

The actress accepted addiction specialist Josh 'Lazie' Resnik's proposal in October, but the couple has since scrapped its plans to wed.

Cuoco broke the news on Thursday night while attending the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame Induction, simply telling, "I'm not engaged anymore."

The beauty, who previously dated her TV co-star Johnny Galecki, was at the Hollywood event to honor sitcom creator and producer Chuck Lorre, who was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame in recognition of his h...

'Two And A Half Men' Recap - The War Against Gingivitis

2/28/2012 10:24am EST
Two And A Half Men Recap - The War Against Gingivitis
When Walden has a dental floss emergency, it turns out that Alan is ‘a soldier in the war against gingivitis,’ with pockets full of a tasty selection, including cinnamon.

Bridget video calls Walden to let him know that his ex-partner, Billy, called about a business proposition. Apparently the last venture that involved Walden and Billy ended so painfully that even the mention of Billy’s name causes Walden’s eyes to start twitching, and drives him to scream into the night.

In their last partnership, Walden sold their computer idea for billions. But Billy didn’t want to sell, so he posted a...

TV Ratings: 'NCIS' Tops 'American Idol'

2/23/2012 9:12am EST
CBS had a big week. Not only did it claim the top show (‘NCIS’ on Tuesday) but it also had a whopping 16 of the Top 20 shows. Probably the only way other networks survive (*cough NBC cough*) is that CBS viewers tend to skew a bit older.

The good news for FOX was that ‘American Idol’ held steady this week, fending off director competitor ‘The Big Bang Theory’ (good for 6th place) as well as genre competitor ‘The Voice,’ which attracted over 16 million viewers in 4th.

Speaking of ‘Big Bang,’ has anyone noticed that it is starting to outpace its former lead-in ‘Two and a Half Men’? The show ...

'Two And A Half Men' – Lyndsey Professes Love Then Gets Sick

2/21/2012 9:55am EST
Two And A Half Men - Not in my mouth
So let’s say you’re a TV writer, and you have completely run out of ideas for your character. Do you scour the Internet for new products, get out of your filthy apartment and see what normal people do, or even quit your job as the abject failure you are? Not if you write for Two and a Half Men, you don’t. You dig down deep in your psyche, and try to find an incident in your miserable past where you were so desperate to have sex with a woman that you would put up with literally anything she did, no matter how vile or disgusting. Like projectile vomiting. In your mouth. Don’t say I didn’t w...

Charlie Sheen Apologizes To Ashton Kutcher

2/21/2012 8:00am EST
Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen has written an open letter to Ashton Kutcher apologizing for his recent criticism of the actor, admitting his comments were "disrespectful".

Sheen hit headlines last week when he called in to internet news show TMZ Live to rant about his Two and a Half Men replacement, saying, "I'm tired of pretending the show doesn't suck... I'm tired of pretending Ashton doesn't suck."

"It's nothing personal... I just feel bad for him... He's saddled with such bad writing."

Sheen has now issued an apology to Kutcher, but he stands by his criticism of the show.

In an open letter, obta...

Charlie Sheen: 'I'm Tired Of Pretending Ashton Doesn't Suck'

2/17/2012 9:12am EST
Ashton Kutcher
No more Mr. Nice Guy for Charlie Sheen - the actor has attacked his "Two And A Half Men" replacement Ashton Kutcher.

The actor wished Kutcher well when the star was hired to join the cast of the sitcom after producers fired Sheen last spring, but it appears all that goodwill has changed.

Calling in to internet news show TMZ Live on Thursday, Sheen explained he was tired of playing nice.

He said, "I'm tired of lying... I'm tired of pretending the show doesn't suck... I'm tired of pretending Ashton doesn't suck. It's nothing personal... I just feel bad for him... He's saddled with such bad...

Coming Soon: 'The Jenny McCarthy Show' On VH1

2/15/2012 11:46am EST
Jenny McCarthy
Jenny McCarthy will bring her over-the-top comedic sensibilities and classic self-deprecating humor to VH1 with a new series, "The Jenny McCarthy Show."

Still in its early development stages, "The Jenny McCarthy Show" will celebrate as well as skewer everyone and everything in pop culture, news, fashion, TV, movies and the web. The series will also feature guest panelists and celebrity interviews.

Jenny McCarthy's honesty, humility and humor have enabled her to transcend the boundaries of her roles as comedian, actress, host and author of seven New York Times best-selling books. Playi...

TV Ratings: Grammys On Top

2/14/2012 9:22pm EST
54th Annual GRAMMY Awards
The Grammy Awards attracted a stunning 39.9 million viewers on Sunday, the second-biggest tally in the award show’s history. A number of factors likely contributed to this, not the least of which is Whitney Houston’s death over the weekend. Jennifer Hudson’s soul-stirring rendition of “I Will Always Love You” was a highlight. But that’s no discredit to the red-hot Adele, who took home six awards and gave a show-stopping performance of her own.

Nothing came close to the Grammys’ ratings territory, but ‘American Idol’ held fairly steady from last week, capturing the third and fourth slots of...

'Two And A Half Men' And The Very Unhappy Valentine's Day

2/14/2012 11:12am EST
Two And A Half Men
As Lyndsey enjoys Alan’s foot massage, Walden and Zoey arrive home from the opera. Flushed with the performance, Zoey raves that Walden even cried, although he didn’t seem to really understand what was on the stage. Lyndsey puts down the opera as ‘fat people singing in a foreign language for two and a half hours.’

Zoey comments that opera is not for everyone; to appreciate it requires a refined taste and a certain amount of education. And they’re off! Lyndsey defends her education, which Zoey easily trumps with her superior schooling. The guys try to diffuse the situation, but neither woma...

Ashton Kutcher Calls For Birthday Donations

2/7/2012 9:12pm EST
Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher has a birthday dream of raising $10,000 to help charities fighting child sexual exploitation.

The actor kicked off his 34th birthday on Tuesday by posting a video online thanking fans for their well wishes and urging them to donate to his DNA Foundation in lieu of gifts.

He said, "I'd love for my friends and family to help me raise $10,000 for DNA Foundation to fight child sexual exploitation. Donate $10 or whatever you can and I'll match donations dollar for dollar."

In a follow-up post on his website, he added, "It is my mission, through the work of my foundat...