Two and a Half Men Is Heading for a 'Gay' Wedding; CBS Expects No Blowback from LGBT Community

Two and a Half Men Wedding Alan Walden

CBS’ Two and a Half Men is poised to say “I do” before it says adieu.

In its farewell run (premiering Oct. 30), the long-running sitcom will find Walden (played by Ashton Kutcher) proposing marriage to Alan (Jon Cryer) — if not in the name of love, for a greater good.

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“Walden is going to have a major health scare and it is going to give him a bit of an existential crisis,” CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour. “He wants to find a way to add more meaning to his life, so he decides he wants to adopt a child. And in doing so, he starts the process and he realizes that it’s very difficult to adopt a child as a single, straight man.”

Cue the popping of a Q! “So once and for all, he decides, ‘I’m going to propose to Alan,'” Tassler shared. “‘We’re going to get married and adopt a child as a gay couple.'”

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Is Tassler concerned at all that GLAAD or the LGBT community at large might cast aspersion on the sitcom playing (a fake) gay marriage for laughs? “I think it’s a very positive statement,” the network boss counters. “[Walden believes he is] going to adopt a child as a gay couple, and the reality is he can do that. In a universe where at one point you couldn’t do that, and now you can, I think that’s a much more positive statement that he’s making.” (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)

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118 Comments
  1. Carm says:

    Sounds stupid. Hate it

  2. Jimmy says:

    This sounds awful and does sound like they are making fun of gay marriage.

  3. Stuart says:

    I like straight men using gay marriage to gain advantages. Because their lives are so hard. He can’t even impulsively adopt a baby. That all being said, this won’t have too much impact. People don’t really watch it anymore.

    • Ann says:

      Why would anyone “impulsively” adopt a baby Stuart that is a very immature and ridiculous statement.

    • Dave says:

      “People don’t really watch it anymore.” REALLY!?!
      It still rates as one of the most watched shows on TV according to the ratings. 2.-3.0 weekly.
      That’s not “nobody”.
      I just love the assumption “no one will be offended”. In America, during this decade? Someone is always offended!

  4. Holly says:

    Is this a joke?

  5. Arna Perry says:

    Definitely jumped the shark!

  6. Bob Smith says:

    No one ever considers if this offends other groups anymore. Oh, well. Haven’t watched in years and this certainly won’t make me watch now.

    • Margaret says:

      Since when is “being offended” a crime. Grow up, put your big boy or big girl panties on and get over it. It’s no ones fault when someone is offended…what a dumb way of thinking….it’s not all about you!

  7. Steven says:

    Didn’t Boston Legal do the same thing in their final season and have Denny and Alan get married? Either way sounds awful and offensive, so it’s nothing new for this show.

    • Simon Jester says:

      I was just going to say the same thing — BOSTON LEGAL already did something similar. The difference, of course, is that BOSTON LEGAL did it tastefully and sensitively… whereas I think we all know how MEN will do it.

    • madhatter360 says:

      Yes. The difference being, Denny and Alan got married because Denny’s health was in decline from his Alzheimers and he wanted his best friend to be the one who could make his medical decisions once he was no longer lucid. Also, he wanted to be able to discuss not so legal things he did as a result of being sick without worrying his friend would be called to testify.
      Even though the two characters were straight they did love each other very much. The show also poked fun at itself a little for doing it.
      This Two and a Half Men thing sounds…not so great.

      • Stephanie says:

        That’s exactly what I was gonna say but you said it better than I could. Amen!

      • Cantis says:

        It was a very respectful and tasteful story, focusing on the love the two men had for each other. Yes, there wasn’t a sexual component, but it was still a positive depiction of the whole thing. I am very sure that TAAHM won’t be, but they have offended everyone else, why should they worry about it now?

  8. Moment says:

    A long running misunderstanding in the Walden era is that people assume that Walden and Alan are a gay couple anyway, they’ve done the joke quite a few times. As no one can understand why someone Waldens age, with his wealth would have Alan living there.

  9. Andy says:

    Why have LGBT characters on your network when you can just have straight characters pretend to be gay for personal gain?

    CBS is a joke.

  10. TW says:

    A) This sounds stupid and
    B) Didn’t they do this on The New Adventures of Old Christine? Christine and Barb got married so Barb wouldn’t get deported?

    At least that show was somewhat funny. 2.5 men hasn’t been funny sine long before Charlie Sheen left.

  11. Dave Kenefick says:

    Why is this show still on…. IT SUCKS!!! and has for a long time. 1 man of 2 and 1/2 does not make a show. Think power of that dumb ego maniac Chuck Lorre is only reason it is still on. He wants to outlast Anger Management. Gay wedding ho hum…

    • Jackson says:

      It’s still on because the ratings are still decent, and the show makes tons in syndication.

      But, hey, why let facts get in the way of your talking points, right?

  12. Well this sounds like it’s gonna be a disaster. While I admittedly have no idea how difficult it is for a single straight man to adopt a child, it’s not exactly a walk in the park for most gay couples in America either. The idea that being gay is somehow “easier” than being a single straight (white) male in America is insulting when gay people are still being denied their rights and physically and verbally assaulted for being who they are.

  13. Marco says:

    Oh good, now they’re ripping off Adam Sandler movies. Fantastic. What will they call the episode, ‘I Present You Alan and Walden’?

  14. azu says:

    Since jake and Charlie left the show this show has been rubbish

  15. Stephanie says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong but don’t they have an actual gay character on there? But instead of doing something with her they are gonna have the two straight guys pretend to be gay? Yea there’s not way this could possibly end up horribly wrong…

    • HAP says:

      You are correct. Amber Tamblyn plays Charlie’s long lost lesbian daughter.

      That said what would be people’s reaction if Walden married her for the same reason?

  16. echox860 says:

    Sounds fun, can’t wait. Still love this show

  17. sharon tzfania says:

    i think it’s a good idea. a straight white male in America still being denied his rights to adopt a child and forced to lie and to fake a gay marrieg to get the right to adopt. This is the disease of the modern age where there is no equality of opportunity for all people. This is what they are talking about, And it is very courageous on their part.

  18. Polly Lev says:

    stupid AND ridiculous: gotta be a moron to waste your life sitting & watching crap like this !

  19. pamela says:

    The way I see it if we are all supposed to be equal this shouldn’t offend anyone more than a man and a woman marrying so they can adopt. Everyone will have their opinion but that’s how I see it.

  20. Stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of on television.

  21. Boston Legal did it first. This show should have died many years ago. It was never as funny as people believe it was.

    • TV Gord says:

      Boston Legal didn’t do it first. The Drew Carey Show did it first. Drew and Craig Ferguson’s character, Mr. Wick, got married so Wick wouldn’t be deported.

  22. heimlich17 says:

    More than half of U.S. gay and lesbian couples live in states that still deny them the right to marry. Many of those struggle daily with the problems that stem from that deprivation of basic rights. So it seems in poor taste to have a storyline in which a straight character is basically saying, “you know what would make MY struggles easier? A gay marriage!”

    But then, “poor taste” is Two and Half Men’s stock-in-trade.

  23. drb999 says:

    It’s the final season. After all this time offending people who gives a crap about offending anyone now?

  24. TV Gord says:

    People are taking this way too seriously. This show has never been about taking on social issues; it has been about going for laughs. If you think it’s going to be presented as “a very special episode”, you’re missing the point completely.

  25. Expects no blowback? I’d expect possible blowback for pretty much every decision made these days. This sounds like what the Drew Carey show did only so much worse… More Chuck and Larry really.

  26. VKC says:

    Well that sounds incredibly stupid. This nonsense will not bring me back as a viewer.

  27. Carolyn says:

    I think this whole idea is ludicrous! Given the character of Walden, it makes no sense to even pursue this story line!

  28. John says:

    Wasn’t there an episode where they were pretending to be gay only to have a minister marry them? What happened with that?

  29. BP says:

    Boy, that’s original. I wouldn’t expect anything different from a CBS comedy. They’ve been irrelevant for as long as I can remember. The only issue is the millions of morons who are still watching this Chuck Lorre dumpster fire. More power to you if you want to kill your brain cells but count me out. There isn’t enough time in the day…

  30. Kevin says:

    They’ve been playing of this joke since Walden first appeared. It’s all a part of the show and just harmless laughs.

  31. Grey says:

    “… ‘Gay’ Wedding; CBS Expects No Blowback from LGBT Community”
    LOL. Really? Did you do this on purpose or is editor on summer vacation?

  32. Lovely Lucy says:

    I think it was lovely of Charlie Sheen to share his drugs with his former writers.

  33. Anna B. says:

    Brilliant! But, I think Walden would make a Great (hiccup) er, terrible! father figure!!

    Luved Charlie Sheen, by the way who could have pulled it off as great as Alan & Walden can & shall. Where’s everyone’s sense of humor? This could brighten a bad week on TV.

  34. Junior says:

    I will only watch the real two and half men and that one has Charlie Sheen. The two and half men that has been on since Sheen departure was not fit to watch. So I watch the reruns.

  35. Wren Owens says:

    I think this is a horrible idea, and isn’t funny at all. It mocks the homosexual sifestyle and the legalities and details of their lives that are pretty much unique to “them,” and it glamorizes (via “humor”) an abuse of a system only recently put in place. It will spawn ideas in others for abuses of the system. Heck so as a single woman, who is heterosexual, I should perhaps consider “marrying” another woman so that “we” can adopt a child more easily and obtain certain benefits, even though we are NOT GAY? Studid, irresponsible idea…

  36. Fred Cornell says:

    The final death of the show, too bad

  37. artviii says:

    Plato said that homosexuality is an outrage, a violation of nature. Acceptance of this unnatural act is a turning of society upside down. We see this turning upside down today. The ancient Spartan’s demonstrated that the spirit of homosexuality is a predator, pedophile spirit. We see this today as advocates of this transgression are now encouraging cross generational homosexual sex; sex between adults and children. Scripture says it’s a capital offense, an unspeakable transgression. When the spirit of homosexuality takes over a community, justice is completely perverted. God left a warning to the nations that allow themselves to be corrupted by such a spirit: Sodom, Gomorrah, and Pompeii were all destroyed by fire for the sin of homosexuality. A community’s attempt to encourage and legalize this perversion will result in God’s wrath in the nature of fire and utter destruction. The hope of the nations and for the protection of children from state sanctioned rape is the enacted justice of God. People do not have to act out their sinful passions. Jesus said, “deny yourself.”
    The ancients considered chastity a virtue and godlike. If you’re caught in this sin call on the name of the Lord for your release, and be saved from the coming wrath of God. Plato writes in his Laws,” the crime of male with male, or female with female, is an outrage on nature and a capital surrender to lust of pleasure.” Google – Article VIII Union of Holy Assemblies – making God’s law American law.

    • Bert says:

      artvlll you are so right. I will never watch that program again. Homosexuality made public is a disgrace. there is enough problems in this world with out that.

      • Angela says:

        artvlll you are so right.
        No, actually he’s very much wrong and doesn’t know what he’s babbling on about.

  38. LOL! So much faux outrage over this in the comments, everyone acting like they’re offended, it’s hilarious. When will people learn that these networks, fast food joints, and practically every business out there doesn’t give two cents about your ‘gay’ lifestyle. They only interject these social issues for ratings and money, period.

  39. anna says:

    WHY? Because Modern Family did it, they have a gay couple. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  40. Michael May says:

    Why couldn’t Walden do what the real life Kutcher did? Find himself a nice, fertile, young woman, marry her and knock her up? Why the need for the homosexual subterfuge?

  41. Danny says:

    Once Charlie Sheen left the show, that was it.
    The writing is so amateurish, in such poor taste, and in the context of the show itself, the idea is so stupid, it shows they’ve really got nothing left in the tank.

    Jump the shark? more likely the shark jumped it – several times.

  42. HomosexualityIsABirthDefect says:

    Homosexuality is a birth-defect of the hormones that determine male/female. It is not normal, and biologically, never could be.

  43. dawillis66 says:

    I’ve always assumed Walden and Alan would end up together as a couple anyway, so this I bet this will lead to “finding their feelings” for one another. They are both such closet cases, it’s time for them to figure t out.

  44. Sam J says:

    A nice little reprieve in an age where we are all afraid of offending everyone but God. hm…

  45. dee says:

    yuck, blech, I won’t be watching!

  46. Jerome says:

    I don’t think I ever laughed once watching one moment of that show. Not a funny show, amazing how long it lasted.

    • edward says:

      I loved the old shows with alan and Charlie and jake. I hate the show, I am glad its finally going off the air, you should have Charlie come back on the final episode.

  47. Laura says:

    This is dispicable. Just for ratings? Ending this series on a very nasty idea! I now refuse to watch any more of this series Im so sick of Hollywood flaunting alternate life styles in my face on TV. They will never change my beliefs and will only displace many viewers in doing this. Something better is on! Totally inane thinking!

    • MAC HUNT says:

      DONT SPEAK FOR EVERYONE SISTER…..ITS NOT FLAUNTED ITS HERE WELCOME TO THE YEAR 2014……ILL BET YOU STILL THINK GAY LIFESTYLE IS WRONG AND YET YOU WONT STONE YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ATE SHRIMP LAST NIGHT…….THIS IS A STUPID SHOW IT SUX BUT DONT MAKE IT A GAY THING …..IF A GAY MAN WROTE IT IT WOULD BE MORE CREATIVE AND SUCESSFUL….

  48. Lynne W says:

    Let me get this straight. Two guys who are not truly interested in each other but are friends are going to use the system to acquire a child. All this will take would be a woman or two to come into either’s life, and who’s now the victim? The kid. Bad idea all around. And not funny.

  49. That’s stupid. Obviously people don’t realize the impact adoption has on children, long term. We are not puppies. If I remember correctly, the guy is supposed to have money. Why not have the character do something positive and use it to help children (plural) rather than be narcissistic?

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