The end of an era! Chuck Lorre's beloved comedy Two and a Half Men will come to a close after season 12, which premieres this fall. The 30-minute sitcom has been on the air since 2003, and has contributed to CBS' top ratings (with plenty of help from fellow Lorre comedy The Big Bang Theory).
The network made the announcement on Wednesday, May 14 at the pre-upfront press breakfast, but also reassured fans that there was still plenty to look forward to.
"Chuck Lorre is creating a season-long event. We did very well last year with announcing the final season of How I Met Your Mother here, too. Chuck is very psyched about this; he's got some great ideas and very big surprises," CBS' Nina Tassler said. "We know fans and audiences respond to that and that should really give us a nice boost when we launch our new comedy."
Though popular, Two and a Half Men has been plagued with infamy. The show began with Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen playing brothers Alan and Charlie Harper, and Alan's son Jake played by Angus T. Jones. In early 2011, Sheen was fired from the show after exhibiting bizarre behavior, declaring he was "winning."
He was replaced by Ashton Kutcher, who has starred on the show as Walden Schmidt since Sheen's departure. In 2013, Jones quit after calling the show "filth."
As one of the only remaining original cast members, Cryer tweeted, "so long, and thanks for all the fish!," which is a reference to the fourth book in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.