One of television's most popular sitcoms is facing an uncertain future.
The hit CBS show "Two and a Half Men" has yet to be renewed by its network and is currently sitting in limbo after suffering a fall in ratings during the current ninth season - the first without Charlie Sheen, who was replaced by Ashton Kutcher.
Almost 200 episodes of the show have aired. Several cast members attended a recent 2012 PaleyFest event to celebrate the series. Actors Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones and creator Chuck Lorre all had largely similar responses to questions about the show's future: I don't know.
"I've had an amazing time with this role," Cryer, who plays rule-following Alan Harper, told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I'm so grateful for this role. But they haven't even booked us for another season yet, so, nothing is etched in stone and we'll see what opportunities come up."
Jones, who plays his son, had a similar response about the show's future.
"We'll see what happens," Jones said. "I don't know. I don't know if Chuck wants to write on another 100 episodes. We'll see."
The young actor, 18, was recently named the highest-paid child TV actor after he began earning $300,000 an episode, or at least $7.8 million over two seasons. He also received a $500,000 signing bonus, according to TV Guide.
"Two and a Half Men" is currently on a mid-season hiatus until Monday, March 19. CBS, which renewed 18 other shows earlier this week, announced "preliminary discussions" regarding the future of the comedy, whose ratings have fallen since Sheen was fired from the show a year ago and was replaced by Kutcher.
The first episode of the ninth season, which began last fall, had earned a 10.3 rating among adults aged 18 to 49. The latest new episode of "Two and a Half Men" aired on February 27. It earned a 3.6 rating among adults aged 18 to 49 and was watched by approximately 11.9 million people.Lorre, who also produces and writers the hit CBS comedies "The Big Bang Theory" and "Mike & Molley," explained to OnTheRedCarpet.com that the screenwriters of "Two and a Half Men" aim to make people laugh and find new storylines, which can become difficult after 200 episodes.
"I think we just try and stay honest about what we find entertaining and worth doing," Lorre said. "If we find a good story, and that's where the patience comes - in trying to find something worth doing that we haven't done. That gets tricky around 200 [episodes]. That conversation happens a lot. Hopefully, they're watching 'cause they're honestly laughing."
"If people tune in, I'm hoping it's 'cause, I would assume it's 'cause it's worth their time," he added. "Otherwise, there's a lot of other things you could do at nine o'clock."