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Russ Says: When It Comes To The New 'Two and a Half Men,' Ashton Kutcher Is Winning!

Mon, September 19, 2011 9:30pm EDT by Russ Weakland 75 Comments

Charlie Sheen has mentioned Ashton Kutcher is ‘going to do great’ on ‘Two and a Half Men.’ And I’m thrilled to report after watching the show’s season premiere, Ashton IS great and is the perfect Charlie replacement!

Much talk has been been given on Charlie Harper’s ultimate demise on Two and a Half Men and I was nervous to see how producers were going to handle Charlie Sheen‘s sudden disappearance in the season premiere. However, they pulled it off without a hitch!

The opening of the show is Charlie’s funeral, where his death is explained hilariously by Rose, who is played by Melanie Lynskey. Apparently Charlie fell in front of a train in Paris and exploded like  “a balloon full of meat.” Gross! We also find out that Rose may or may not be responsible for Charlie’s death, which makes things sound morbid but it is played for laughs and for the most part, it delivers.

What is surprising is how the show doesn’t actually take off until Ashton Kutcher‘s character, Walden Schmidt, an Internet billionaire who is miserable after the divorce with his wife, makes his grand entrance on the show.

Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) receives Charlie’s ashes and then spills them all over the floor when he is startled by Ashton’s character’s first appearance on the show. Ashton is wet from attempting suicide in the Malibu ocean. He is distraught over the divorce of his ex-wife. Alan invites Walden into his house and allows him to call his ex-wife. From there, he finds out he is a billionaire and instantly starts to become his friend.

What was genuinely great about the transition is that it was so seamless. Plus, Ashton’s chemistry with the rest of the cast is uncanny, especially with Jon, who really makes things work to perfection.

So HollywoodLifers, what did YOU think of tonight’s season premiere of Two and a Half Men with Ashton Kutcher? Did you miss Charlie Sheen? Sound off below!