How Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen on ‘Two and a Half Men’

The hunt for a new man for "Two and a Half Men" began in earnest about six weeks ago.

Amid a tornado of rumors and speculation about prospective candidates to step into the void caused by Charlie Sheen's meltdown, "Men" co-creator/exec producer Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros. TV prexy Peter Roth met with CBS Entertainment prexy Nina Tassler to pitch the idea of recruiting British actor Hugh Grant for the most talked-about vacancy on a hit sitcom since Suzanne Somers was booted from "Three's Company."

Tassler was intrigued by the idea of Grant, known for his charm in romantic comedy roles. But she also had a short list in mind, and high on her list was Ashton Kutcher. She'd been a fan of his since he first hit on Fox's "That '70s Show." She also admired how he'd expanded his career beyond acting to running a production company, Katalyst, and as a social media entrepreneur who was an early adopter of Twitter. (Kutcher is closing in on 7 million followers.)

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