Ashton Kutcher plugs business interests during 'Two and a Half Men'

Product placements are seemingly everywhere on TV. From "CSI" to "The Biggest Loser" to "The Amazing Race," shows are littered with corporate subsidies. But leave it up to Ashton Kutcher to take this to a new level.The star of "Two and a Half Men," who plays Internet billionaire Walden Schmidt, is using his new show to plug businesses he has ties with.In the episode that aired Monday (Sept. 26), Schmidt is seen working away on his laptop with clearly visible logos from Internet firms Flipboard, Foursquare, GroupMe and Hipmunk. Kutcher has a financial stake in each of these firms. The other logo is from the online textbook rental firm Chegg. While Kutcher isn't an investor, he has business interest in that his firm Katalyst handles social media for them.What's interesting in this case is that CBS didn't benefit financially from these plugs. A CBS spokesperson tells Variety, "This was not part of any advertising transaction...

TV ratings: 'Terra Nova' has so-so premiere Monday, 'Two and a Half Men' still on top

Fast National ratings for Monday, Sept. 26, 2011The ratings for episode 2 of the Ashton Kutcher era on "Two and a Half Men" came down some Monday but were still way above the show's average last season. "Terra Nova," meanwhile, earned decent but hardly world-beating numbers for its premiere on FOX. The CW's "Hart of Dixie" did OK, drawing more viewers than lead-in "Gossip Girl" but slightly lower numbers in the network's target 18-34 demographic.Elsewhere, "Dancing With the Stars" came down some from its premiere, and "The Playboy Club" dipped into the danger zone for NBC, falling short of 4 million viewers.ABC led Monday night in viewers, drawing 14.65 million people and a 10.0 rating/14 share in households. CBS (13.05 million, 8.2/12) finished second, followed by FOX at 9 million viewers and a 5.6/8. NBC (4.2 million, 2.7/4) was fourth, while The CW's premieres averaged 1.6 million viewers and a 1.2/2.CBS scored the top spot...

Alan and Walden Wind Up Naked and Lying Together on 'Two and a Half Men' (VIDEO)

'Two and a Half Men' (Mon., 9PM ET on CBS) definitely feels like a completely different show with Walden Schmidt. For the second episode in a row, though, they did manage to get him naked. At least this time he was covered by a blanket rather than pixels. After a bender to drown Walden's sorrows over his impending divorce, he and Alan were convinced to go skinny dipping by Berta, who's voiceover throughout the episode made it clear where her thoughts lie in regards to her new employer. Judy Greer returned to the show, only this time she's Walden's ex-wife Bridget. So rather than a womanizing middle-aged man, we have a sad and suicidal lonely younger guy that even Charlie's ex-girlfriends can't say no to.

TWO AND A HALF MEN Season 9 Episode 2 “People Who Love Peepholes”

TWO AND A HALF MEN  season 9 episode 2 “People Who Love Peepholes” airs Monday, Sept. 26 (9:00-9:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Episode Synopsis : Judy Greer is introduced as Bridget, Walden’s ex-wife, on Part Two of the ninth season premiere of TWO AND A HALF MEN, Monday, Sept. 26 (9:00-9:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Read More...