Ashton Kutcher's "Two and a Half Men" character will be a broken-hearted Internet billionaire, CBS announced Wednesday.
During the network's Fall press conference, CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler said that Kutcher's character Walden Schmidt would be introduced over a two-part episode which would air over two weeks.
"The show will be as irreverent as it has always been. Our program practices people are already on high alert," Tassler joked, The Wrap reported.
Tassler declined to comment on reports that Charlie Sheen's character would get a funeral in the series premiere, but she did suggest that executive producer Chuck Lorre could pull it off.
"I think you have to look at Chuck and you have to look at the genius and the talent behind his writing," Tassler said, adding that the network probably won't be working with Sheen in the near future, "Charlie's moved on to greener pastures. He's obviously got a lot of opportunity on his slate, so he's busy."
Tassler also praised Kutcher, 33, calling him an "extraordinary" actor. She revealed that there was some fear during the cast's first table read together, but said, "When you hear that first actor mutter that first line, you breathe a sigh of relief."
Kutcher took Sheen's place in the latest "Two and a Half Men" promotional photo, which shows the actor with cast members Jon Cryer, 46, and Angus T. Jones, 17, wearing tuxedos and stepping up to the microphone, which has previously been featured in the show's opening.
In the previous promotional photo for the series, all three actors were featured shirtless and bare-legged holding a mysterious sign that reads: "All will be revealed..." and the date September 19, 2011, which will be the night of the show's ninth season premiere.
Kutcher is replacing Sheen in the series after the actor was fired from "Two and a Half Men," one of CBS' most successful comedy shows, in March following months of personal turmoil and a slew of on-air rants against the program's co-creator.
The production company had said in its termination letter that Sheen had "been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill." Sheen called his firing "illegal" and later sued CBS and Warner Bros. Television for $100 million over his firing. The case will be sent to a private arbitrator, who will decide how the case will proceed, and will not go to trial, a Los Angeles judge ruled on June 15.
Lorre and the program's production company, Warner Bros., were ordered by the court to file a status report of the proceedings before the arbitrator on or before Nov. 30. and the case is set to be reviewed two days later, according to legal documents obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.
Meanwhile, it was announced in early July that Sheen will make a return to television in the sitcom "Anger Management." The series is the television adaptation of the Adam Sandler film which co-starred Jack Nicholson.
Sheen will be playing a revamped version of Nicholson's character, an ex-athlete who advises people on how to deal with anger issues.
"I chose 'Anger Management' because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept," Sheen said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. "It also provides me with real ownership in the series, a certain amount of creative control and the chance to be back in business with one of my favorite movie producers of all time, Joe Roth."