Los Angeles, CA -
Actor Ashton Kutcher has signed a new deal with Warner Brothers TV to renew his contract for the popular Two and a Half Men television show. Kutcher will reportedly be making approximately $775,000 per episode, up from $700,000 he made last year.
Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen as the main character following Sheen being let go due to his drug use and negative comments about the show's producer, Chuck Lorre. Lorre is also responsible for other popular shows such as Dharma and Greg and The Big Bang Theory.
Each of the shows co-stars, Jon Cryer and Angus T Jones, have also received slight raises after protracted negotiations finally were settled.
27 million viewers watched Kutcher's debut on the show, the single highest rating the show has ever had and now averages 15 million viewers, meaning a rise of 13% in viewership compared with Sheen's last season as the star.
Last year's series opened with the funeral of Sheen's character, Charlie Harper, after he was apparently killed by a metro train in Paris.
Kutcher plays a heartbroken internet billionaire, Walden Schmidt, who buys Harper's house after making a suicide attempt.
He will also be seen later this year playing Steve Jobs in a film biopic of the late Apple Computers pioneer.