Two and a Half Men IX starts on SABC 3

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The multi-talented Ashton Kutcher, whose success spans across film, television and social media, joins the cast of the Emmy Award-nominated Two And A Half Men as the hit comedy series returns for its ninth season from the 21st April, 2014 at 20:00.

Jon Cryer and Kutcher star in the Emmy® Award-nominated Two And A Half Men, which has been the number one comedy on television for five of the past six seasons. This hit comedy sitcom will continuously bring you laughs about men, women, sex, dating, divorce, mothers, single parenthood, , sibling relations, money, friendship and most importantly, love.

From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., The Tannenbaum Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, Two And A Half Men stars Kutcher (That ‘70s Show, Valentine’s Day, What Happens in Vegas), Cryer (Hot Shots!, Pretty in Pink, Shorts), Angus T. Jones (George of the Jungle 2, Bringing Down the House), Conchata Ferrell (L.A. Law, Erin Brockovich, Edward Scissorhands) and Holland Taylor (Baby Mama, Legally Blonde, The L Word, The Practice).

Walden Schmidt (Kutcher) is a lovelorn Internet billionaire with an innocence born out of his lifelong dependence on others to take care of him. After a failed attempt to drown himself in the ocean after his wife, Bridget (recurring guest star Judy Greer), kicked him out, a suicidal Walden stumbles into a Malibu beach house, where tightly-wound, twice-divorced chiropractor Alan Harper (Cryer) and his underachieving teenage son, Jake (Jones), had been living with Alan’s now-deceased brother for the past eight years. With no place to go, Walden buys the house and invites Alan to remain there, saving Alan from having to move in with his narcissistic, emotionally toxic mother, Evelyn (Taylor). Walden asks Berta (Ferrell), a domineering, unapologetically blue-collar housekeeper who has been working in the household, to stay as well. Despite his unsuccessful history with women, Alan unexpectedly finds himself mentoring Walden, who has severely limited dating experience. While Walden, Alan and Jake adjust to their new living arrangement, they create a surrogate family unit that promises to make each a better man.

The series also features Marin Hinkle (Once and Again, Quarantine, I Am Sam, Frequency) as Alan’s neurotic ex-wife, Judith; Ryan Stiles (The Drew Carey Show) as her second husband, Herb; and Courtney Thorne-Smith (According to Jim, Melrose Place) as Lyndsey, a single mom engaged in an on-again, off-again relationship with Alan.

Two And A Half Men was created by Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory, Dharma & Greg, Mike & Molly, Grace Under Fire) and Lee Aronsohn (Cybill, Grace Under Fire, Murphy Brown) and is executive produced by Lorre, Aronsohn, Eric Tannenbaum (Notes from the Underbelly, Run of the House), Kim Tannenbaum (Notes from the Underbelly, Run of the House), Eddie Gorodetsky (Saturday Night Live, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Dharma & Greg), Susan Beavers (Growing Pains, Empty Nest, Dharma & Greg) Jim Patterson (Mike & Molly) and Don Reo (My Wife and Kids, Everybody Hates Chris).

Meet the cast:

Ashton Kutcher as Walden Schmidt

Ashton Kutcher – an actor, producer and co-founder of Katalyst, a new breed of Media Company – first gained recognition as Michael Kelso on the comedy series, That 70’s Show, which aired for eight seasons. Kutcher went on to star in a variety of box-office hits on the big screen, including What Happens In Vegas, The Guardian, Valentine’s Day, No Strings Attached and the cult hit, Dude, Where’s My Car. Kutcher stars New Year’s Eve, which played in December 2011. For television, Kutcher has served as co-creator and producer of MTV’s hit series, Punk’d, and The CW’s reality series Beauty and the Geek and True Beauty. Kutcher’s company, Katalyst, creates original digital media, television and film. The Katalyst mission is to create groundbreaking, original programming and innovative social media content for multiple platforms. Katalyst’s film credits include The Butterfly Effect, Guess Who, Spread and No Strings Attached. Katalyst Digital Media properties include “Kellogg Cares Feeding America Program,” “MtDew DEWmocracy” and Pepsi “Refresh Everything Program.” In 2010, Katalyst was named one of the year’s Top 50 Most Inspiring Innovators by Ad Age and one of Fast Company Magazine’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies. Born and raised in Homestead, Iowa, Kutcher attended the University of Iowa, where he was a biochemical engineering student. He was discovered by a local talent scout and soon began a career in modeling before segueing into acting. In 2010, Kutcher was named one of Time magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential People.” Along with his wife, Demi Moore, Kutcher has created The Demi and Ashton Foundation, to eliminate child sex slavery worldwide.

Jon Cryer as Alan Harper

After four Emmy® nominations, Jon Cryer won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his role as Alan Harper. He has since been nominated again in 2010 and 2011. After making his directorial debut on an episode of Two And A Half Men during its fourth season, Cryer continues to direct episodes of the show. Cryer’s other television credits include starring roles in the series The Trouble with Normal, Getting Personal, Partners and The Famous Teddy Z, and guest-starring roles in The Practice, Andy Richter Controls the Universe and Mr. Show, among others. Cryer has appeared in numerous features, including No Small Affair, Pretty in Pink, Hot Shots! Stay Cool and Shorts, and also had a cameo in the independent film Weather Girl. He co-wrote, produced and starred in the independent films The Pompatus of Love and Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God… Be Back by Five. Cryer’s theatre credits include the Broadway productions of Brighton Beach Memoirs, Torch Song Trilogy. He also starred in the Los Angeles premiere of Boys Life and the London production of 900 Oneonta. A New York native and the son of actor David Cryer and writer/actress Gretchen Cryer, Jon Cryer did his first commercial at the age of 4, alongside his mother. He studied acting at
Stagedoor Manor, a summer acting camp, before his acceptance at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He lives in Los Angeles, and his birth date is April 16.

Angus T. Jones as Jake Harper

Angus T. Jones, who will turn 17 in October, began his career at age four, doing television commercials. He landed his first lead role at age six in the feature film See Spot Run. His other film credits include Bringing Down the House and The Rookie, and he stars in the video release George of the Jungle II.
Jones’s television credits include appearances in the series ER and the telefilms Audrey’s Rain, Dinner with Friends and The Christmas Blessing. Born in Austin, Texas, Jones lives in Los Angeles with his family. In his spare time, he plays guitar and video games – particularly Xbox. He also loves spending time with his younger brother Otto. His birth date is October 8.

Marin Hinkle as Judith Harper

Marin Hinkle, who plays Judith Harper on Two And A Half Men, is perhaps best known to television audiences for her role as Sela Ward’s sister, Judy in Once and Again. Her additional television credits include the series Without a Trace, House, ER Brothers & Sisters, The Sarah Silverman Program, and all three Law & Order series. Her feature film credits include Friends with Money, Turn the River, I Am Sam, Frequency, Dark Blue, Final, Rails and Ties, Imagine That, What Just Happened?, Quarantine, The Haunting of Molly Hartley and Weather Girl.
Her theatre credits include Electra, A Thousand Clowns and The Tempest on Broadway, and Graceland, Miss Julie, Romeo and Juliet, Blue Window and The Dybbuk Off Broadway. Marin has worked extensively in regional theaters across the country and has performed in California at The Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Repertory and with the Echo Theatre Company. Born in Tanzania, Hinkle grew up in Boston. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree from New York University. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their son. Hinkle’s birth date is March 23.

Conchata Ferrell as Berta

Three-time Emmy® nominee Conchata Ferrell’s television series credits include Hearts Afire and A Peaceable Kingdom, on CBS, and Push, Nevada, Teen Angel, Townies, L.A. Law, for which she was nominated for an Emmy® Award, Anything but Love and ER among others. Ferrell began her television career as a series regular on Norman Lear’s The Hot L Baltimore. Her guest-starring appearances include Judging Amy, Becker, JAG, Walker, Texas Ranger, Cagney & Lacey, Touched by an Angel, Knots Landing, Good Times, Maude and Murder, She Wrote, as well as Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Popular, Friends, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Who’s the Boss?, St. Elsewhere, The Love Boat and The Rockford Files. Her numerous television movie credits include Amy & Isabelle, Stranger Inside, Sweet Dreams, Backfield in Motion, Chains of Gold, Opposites Attract, Your Mother Wears Combat Boots, Goodbye, Miss 4th of July, Portrait of a White Marriage, Runaway Ralph, Eye on the Sparrow, Picnic, Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story, North Beach and Rawhide, The Three Wishes of Billy Grier, Nadia, Emergency Room, Miss Lonely Hearts, Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case, Reunion, The Seduction of Miss Leona, Before and After, Who’ll Save Our Children?, The Girl Called Hatter Fox and Mixed Nuts. Ferrell’s feature film credits include Mr. Deeds, KPAX, Erin Brockovich, Freeway, Family Prayers, My Fellow Americans, True Romance, Heaven & Earth, Edward Scissorhands, Mystic Pizza, Where the River Runs Black, Chains of Gold, Heartland, For Keeps, Network Surviving Eden and Kabluey. Her theater credits include Picnic, The Sea Horse, The Hot L Baltimore, Battle of Angels, Getting Out, Night of the Iguana and Cabrona. In 2005 and 2007, Ferrell received Emmy® Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Berta. She is also the recipient of an Obie Award, The Drama Desk Award and a Theater World Award for her work on stage. During the summer of 2008, Ferrell taught a workshop in acting for situation comedy at UCLA. Ferrell attended West Virginia University, where she studied political science. She completed college at Marshall University, where she studied social studies in education, and was trained in acting at the Circle Rep Theater Company in New York. A self-proclaimed “old hippie, political liberal and feminist,” she enjoys writing children’s poetry, reading history, gardening, seeing films and shopping.

Holland Taylor as Evelyn Harper

Emmy® Award winner Holland Taylor, who plays Evelyn Harper in Two And A Half Men is a veteran of film, television and theatre. She recently was seen in the feature and will be seen in the upcoming film Chosen One. Her film credits include Baby Mama, Legally Blonde, Wedding Date, Keeping the Faith, D.E.B.S., Spy Kids 2 and 3, The Truman Show, George of the Jungle, One Fine Day, To Die For, How to Make an American Quilt, Alice, She’s Having a Baby, Jewel of the Nile, Romancing the Stone and The Chosen One. In 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010, Taylor received Emmy® Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Evelyn Harper. Taylor’s additional television credits include the series The Practice, for which she won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, The Naked Truth, Norman Lear’s The Powers That Be and Bosom Buddies with Tom Hanks, as well as the movies Counterfeit Contessa, Concealed Enemies and People Like Us. She has also guest-starred in Ally McBeal, ER, and The L Word. Taylor’s Broadway credits include The Devils, Butley, Breakfast with Les and Bess, Moose Murders, Murder Among Friends, Something Old, Something New and We Interrupt This Program. She also performed in the world premieres of Cocktail Hour, Drinks Before Dinner, Children, Fashion, Colette, Love Letters and The Vagina Monologues. She spent her summer 2009 hiatus in New York appearing in the off-Broadway premiere of Lisa Ebersole’s Mother. During her 2010 hiatus, she launched her play about Governor Ann Richards at the Galveston Grand Opera. The play, titled Money, Marbles and Chalk, will be called Ann! in future productions. She spent three years researching and writing the play, and the hugely successful first production will begin a number of appearances in American cities in the late fall of 2010.