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  • VOTE: What did you think of 'Two and a Half Men' version 2.0?

    Ashton Kutcher and wife Demi Moore. (Reuters)

    Charlie Sheen is officially gone, and Ashton Kutcher is officially on.

    “Two and a Half Men” premiered its ninth season Monday night without its biggest star after his much publicized meltdown led to his much publicized dismissal.

    In the much-hyped episode, Sheen’s character is killed off, mourned for a few minutes, and cremated. As his brother Alan, played by Jon Cryer, receives his ashes, Kutcher suddenly appears at a sliding glass door, causing Cryer to toss Sheen’s ashes into the air in surprise.

    RE-CAP: Show’s Dynamic Not Much Different Without Sheen?

    Charlie Sheen with Bree Olson and Natalie Kenley on his Torpedo of Truth tour. (AP)

    Kutcher plays a billionaire named Walden Schmidt who just tried to commit suicide because of a failed relationship. He needs a new start, Alan needs someone to buy the house because he can’t afford it without Charlie…

    And the sit-com lead character hand-off is complete.

    They did it on “M*A*S*H” a few times and it worked. They did it on “Three’s Company” a couple of times, and that show kept going, too.

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