Fall TV Preview

Sorry, Charlie: Two and a Half Men Funeral Buzz Comes Alive

James Earl Jones, who once officiated at Charlie Harper’s imagined funeral, may want to check his phone messages, because it’s looking like Two and a Half Men will indeed kick off its transitional ninth season by killing off Charlie’s Sheen’s hard-living alter ego.

One Two and a Half Men Theory: Is Ashton Kutcher Playing Charlie Harper?

Returning Monday, Sept. 19, CBS’ Men will open with Charlie Harper’s funeral, our sister site Deadline.com is hearing, with the service  well-attended by his myriad sexual conquests (just as it was in the aforementioned Season 6 episode, “The Devil’s Lube”).

The premiere, possibly fashioned as a two-parter, will continue with Charlie’s house being put on the market, and a parade of guest stars — including past and present stars of assorted Chuck Lorre sitcoms — giving the digs a once-over. One possible scenario has series newcomer Ashton Kutcher playing himself (though why he’d buy a bachelor pad when he has wife Demi and stepkids back home is anyone’s guess).

Two and a Half Men First Look: Ashton Kutcher Takes Center Stage

To protect the premiere’s specifics, table reads have been limited to essential personnel and the cast has been asked to sign non-disclosure agreements — as may studio audience members who attend the taping this Friday night.