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Anyone But Sheen: Ashton Kutcher Signs One-Year, $20 Million Deal for "Two and a Half Men"

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After things, well, let's just leave it at "didn't quite work out" with previous star Charlie Sheen, CBS and "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre isn't taking any chances, even with squeaky clean new replacement Ashton Kutcher.

Kutcher's contract is only for one year and $20 million - nothing to laugh at, but substantially less than Sheen was making.  

According to Speakeasy:

Both CBS and Warner Bros. want to get at least two or three more years out of “Two and a Half Men,” according to people close to the situation, meaning that big negotiations still lie ahead.

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A representative for Mr. Kutcher didn’t return requests for comment, nor did CBS.

Mr. Kutcher will be well paid for a season’s work, earning roughly $20 million for a full season of “Two and a Half Men,” which spans roughly 22 to 26 episodes, according to the people familiar with the situation. That includes roughly $750,000 per an episode and additional fees.