'Two and a Half Men': EP Chuck Lorre explains excitement, challenge of creating Walden Schmidt


When the Charlie Sheen debacle happened on "Two and a Half Men" during Spring 2011, show EP Chuck Lorre "absolutely considered" shutting the entire series down. But having decided to give it one more go with Ashton Kutcher on the cast, it then became a matter of what Kutcher's Walden Schmidt character would look like. For that, Lorre admits he looked to Kutcher himself.Lorre explains the actor's well-documented outside interests, including technology and social media, "forced us to look forward, and to start thinking of the character as a more forward-looking character representing a whole new paradigm of consciousness." At the Television Critics Association Winter press tour, Lorre adds that he was also intrigued by the prospect of a character who had everything except what he really wanted, true love. And thus Walden Schmidt, the technology billionaire with a broken heart, was born.This certainly presented a challenge for fans of the hit comedy who had...



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