CBS: Ashton Kutcher to join 'Two and a Half Men'

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CBS and Warner Bros. Television announced on Friday that Ashton Kutcher will join the cast of "Two and a Half Men."

Kutcher will join Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Holland Taylor, Marin Hinkle and Conchata Ferrell on the top-rated series.  Production on the ninth season of the Emmy Award-nominated show will begin this summer for broadcast on the CBS Television Network in the fall.

"I can't wait to get to work with this ridiculously talented 2.5 team and I believe we can fill the stage with laughter that will echo in viewers' homes," said Kutcher.

The deal apparently came together quickly, following reports that negotiations with film actor Hugh Grant for the role had fallen through.

Information provided by CBS, Warner Bros. Television and the AP