'Two and a Half Men': Ashton Kutcher closing in on deal to stay with show
After what was far from a drawn out negotiation, Ashton Kutcher looks to have an offer in hand for a second season of "Two and a Half Men." And if the terms are to everyone's liking, Kutcher will return to the hit comedy for the tidy sum of $1 million per episode.
E! is reporting that Kutcher recently received the offer to do another 22 episodes of the series. This new salary is a nice bump over his current reported rate of $800,000 per show.
"The talks are going well and we're getting close to finalizing," a source tells the publication.
Not surprisingly, no one has officially commented on the matter.
A new contract for Kutcher seems like a smart idea considering the series continues to draw impressive ratings - it's currently 11th for the season. If that wasn't enough of an incentive to get Kutcher signed, there's a whole pile of money to be made in syndication dollars.
While the program's future was a bit in doubt, mostly because of Kutcher's contract status, EP Chuck Lorre was always the optimist.
At the recent PaleyFest 2012, Lorre explains, "It's unusual when they cancel a show that's in the top 10."
It looks like he's right.