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Jon Cryer reacts to gay-marriage story line on Two and a Half Men

- July 18th, 2014

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Jon Cryer says Two and a Half Men is not going to trivialize gay marriage and adoption in its final season, although he totally gets why some people are wary.

“We will be fully aware that this is not something trivial for people, we don’t want to trivialize it, and I completely can understand why some people might be afraid that Two and a Half Men might trivialize an important issue,” Cryer said.

“It’s still an issue, and I totally understand why people might be afraid that we’re not going to handle it particularly well. After all, this is Two and a Half Men.

“People have been fighting for this and it means a great deal to people, so we’re not making light of that. We are, however, making fun of the fact that the marriage of convenience has been a comedic trope for centuries. So we are taking advantage of the fact that the winds of change are finally blowing in the States, so we can have some comedic fun with it. But obviously we’re not going to make fun of gay marriage at all.”

Cryer made the comments late Thursday night at a CBS function during the Television Critics Association tour. Earlier in the day, CBS chairman Nina Tassler had provided some details about the final season of Two and a Half Men, in which Walden (Ashton Kutcher, above left) will conspire with Alan (Cryer, above right) to pretend they’re a gay couple so they can adopt a child, after Walden’s efforts to adopt as a single male are unsuccessful

“There’s a certain amount of, now that same-sex marriage is legal, you get to have fun with it as well,” Cryer said. “And we’re going to bring up the fact that it’s still not legal for gay people to adopt in some states. We’re going to talk about the fact that this is California, where that’s fine, and that precedent has been set.”

Coincidentally, Cryer will be appearing at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal next week. He said he’s looking forward to it and has heard great things, although he never has attended before, because he never has been asked.

“What’s up with that? Who dropped the ball?” Cryer said jokingly. “I’ve only been on one of the top-rated comedies on TV for, I don’t know, let me count them, 12 seasons.”

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Alan and Walden look to adopt a child as a fake gay couple in the final season of Two and a Half Men

- July 17th, 2014

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -  A gay marriage and adoption storyline featuring the lead characters on Two and a Half Men will kick off the final season of the show.

“Walden (Ashton Kutcher) is going to have a major health scare and it is going to give him a little bit of an existential crisis,” CBS chairman Nina Tassler said Thursday at the Television Critics Association event. “And he wants to find a way to add more meaning to his life.

“So he decides he wants to adopt a child. He starts the process and he realizes it’s very difficult to adopt a child as a single straight man. So once and for all he decides he’s going to propose to Alan, we’re going to get married, and adopt a child as a gay couple. That’s going to start the season for Two and a Half Men.”

According to Tassler, the Walden and Alan characters will not be turning gay, but rather pretending to be gay in order to attempt the adoption.

Tassler was asked if she feels there will be any push-back from the gay and lesbian community about the gay marriage and adoption storyline.

“Positive – I think it’s a very positive statement,” Tassler said. “I am going to adopt a child as a gay couple. And the reality is, he can do that. In a universe when at one point you couldn’t do that and now you can do that, I think that’s a much more positive statement that he’s making.”

Are there any chances Charlie Sheen might return at any point in the final season?

“We’re not having those conversations right now,” Tassler said.

Additionally, Tassler offered nothing concrete as to the participation or non-participation of Angus T. Jones in the final season of Two and a Half Men.

The series also airs in Canada on CTV.

Bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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First Charlie Sheen, now Angus T. Jones; is it all Jon Cryer’s fault?

- November 27th, 2012

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So what is it about Jon Cryer that pushes his co-stars to such extremes?

Another question: Will the newly God-fearing Angus T. Jones (pictured above, getting closer to God) give back all the money he has earned from “trashy” Two and a Half Men?

If you haven’t heard about it, this week some online videos emerged featuring Jones urging people to stop watching Two and a Half Men. The kicker, of course, is that Jones is on Two and a Half Men, playing Jake, the son of Cryer’s character Alan.

These videos have not gone viral by accident. Jones wanted them to come out, even saying at one point, “Maybe this will mean more coming from me.”

I’m kidding, of course, about Cryer (pictured below left, with Jones at right) somehow being responsible for all this. But it is intriguing that Two and a Half Men is the same show from which Charlie Sheen’s bizarre, self-destructive behaviour emerged last spring.

Sheen eventually was fired. And he was the series lead. One would have to assume that the producers of Two and a Half Men would lose less sleep over the jettisoning of Jones, who was hilarious when he was a squirt but in truth has been dead weight on Two and a Half Men for at least three or four years.

So the 19-year-old Jones has found God. What goes on between the two of them is none of my business. But Jones should stay out of everyone else’s business, too.

It’s easier to be preachy once you’ve made a fortune from the very thing you’re preaching against.

Angus T. Jones says he doesn’t want to be on Two and a Half Men any more. Christmas is coming. Please, please, please, grant him this gift.

And if you’re really seriously saying that you’ve found religion, Angus, give all the cash back from the “filth” machine that is Two and a Half Men. Money where your mouth is, kid.

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