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LOS ANGELES — First Charlie Sheen left, then Angus T. Jones, but Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher won’t be facing an empty house as Two and a Half Men enters its 11th season. They’ll be gaining a lady.
According to Deadline, the new season will feature a new character, as yet uncast, who will play Charlie Harper’s long-lost daughter. (That’s Sheen’s character). She’ll visit the house looking for her father and eventually move in with the two bachelors.
With the complete departure of Jones from the cast (he appeared only sporadically in the last season), Cryer is the only cast member left from the original trio.
Both Sheen’s and Jones’ exits were high-profile, with Sheen going out fighting with both the series creator, Chuck Lorre, and the studio, Warner Bros. Television.
Jones, meanwhile, was seen trashing the series in a recorded interview for a Christian website. The young actor called the series “filth” and urged viewers to stop watching. His character, Jake, has joined the Army and been shipped to Japan. Jones, who is attending college in real life, is expected to make occasional appearances on the show.
Adding a child character was practically a cliché in the 1980s, when sitcoms such as Diff’rent Strokes, Family Ties, Family Matters, The Cosby Show, Married ... With Children, and Growing Pains all added kids in their later seasons.