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Did the writers for the TV series "Two-and-a-Half Men" change

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Did the writers for the TV series "Two-and-a-Half Men" change when Charlie Sheen left the show? For what other shows had the original "Two-and-a-Half Men" writers written? And if the writers changed when Charlie Sheen left the show and was replaced by Aston Kutcher, what shows had those new writers written for previously?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Michael replied 1 year ago.
Not many changes happen when Charlie Sheen left Two and a Half Men.

In this extensive list, the series writers are listed by the year they started as well as the new writers that have come on the show since 2011 (six total). Click on any writers name will give you their full bio .The original writers of the show have a comprehensive bio listed:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369179/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast
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The goal of my question was to perhaps track down why Two and a Half Men ("2.5") after Charlie Sheen left became so lame. One can point to the clear difference in comedic acting style between Charlie Sheen and replacement Aston Kutcher, but the script writing was the real secret behind why 2.5 was such a truly funny and stand-out comedyl series. As Sheen has demonstrated more than once in speaking from his frequently obtuse delusions, he too can suck when he doesn't have good lines to read from or deliver. And his deadpan delivery combined with the outrageously acidic and adult-themed scripts he was given in 2.5 was what created the magic that led to the show's No. 1 status for so long.


 


But then Kutcher came along and suddenly, the show wasn't really very funny anymore, appealing more to a younger crowd and making John Crier now the "adult" and even straight man and Kutcher the hapless buffoon that Crier used to play with such comedic aplomb. The show's formula and main character assignments got turned on their head and suddenly, the show wasn't really funny anymore.


 


We speculated that it may have been a departure of key writers after Sheen left that resulted in vapid scripts making it to the little screen. And indeed your reference to the iMDB list of 17 historic writers for the show revealed that 2 left on or near the time that Sheen left, but what may be more telling is the appearance of 6 new writers to sign on to 2.5's script creations after Sheen left. Were these the ones who turned the feel of the show into something much more sophomoric and juvenile with mindless laugh track now in the forefront and appealing to youngsters in the pre-9 pm television segment versus the more adult later-evening demos delivered when Sheen et. al. were leading the ratings? Perhaps...


 


But according to Sheen, the big reason for why the show started "sucking" after he left was not as much Kutcher's fault but because the show's creator and main writer, Chuck Lorre, has too many shows to write for such that 2.5 is not getting his best work:


"I don't think that [Kutcher is] working with the best writing because [Lorre is] doing too many shows. He and Jon [Cryer] and Angus [T. Jones] deserve better material," Sheen adds.


 


Reference: http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/01/charlie-sheen-two-and-a-half-men-should-end.html


 


Indeed, the opinion that 2.5 now sucks is shared by a good portion of the viewing public but what most really want is for Lorre et. al. to eat humble pie and get Sheen back on the show, even though they tried to prevent that from happening by killing off Sheen's character in advance of any possible clawbacks. Reference:


http://earsucker.com/2011/poll-two-and-a-half-men-sucks-bring-charlie-sheen-back/


 


In any event, thank you for your iMDB reference and background fodder in partial answer to the underlying question as to why 2.5 just isn't funny anymore, at least to the more adult demos. I think we have a clearer picture now.


 


Regards,


 


Subscriber JMS


Entertainment Industry Analyst & Financier


 

Expert:  Michael replied 1 year ago.
While I have never actually watched this particular show, I understand that the change in characters made some various differences in how the program is viewed by its fans.

When the change was made, the Hollywood Reporter had a review on what they saw and where the show could be going in the near future:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/charlie-sheen-two-a-men-237534

Here is also a review that you may find interesting:

10 Reasons Two And A Half Men Was Better With Charlie Sheen
http://whatculture.com/film/10-reasons-two-and-a-half-men-was-better-with-charlie-sheen.php

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