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Kutcher to play broken-hearted billionaire on 'Men'

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"All will be revealed," says the promo poster featuring stars Angus T. Jones, Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer for the new "Two and a Half Men" season.

And on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler started to dish a little about Kutcher's new character on "Men."

His name is Walden Schmidt, and "he's an Internet billionaire with a broken heart," Tassler said. "He is a unique character."

She added that the show has "an extraordinary actor in Ashton Kutcher ... someone who's committed to their job and being a professional."

And that includes shaping the character of Walden. "He looks great," Tassler said. "(Kutcher’s) made some very smart choices with (show creator) Chuck Lorre about the look of his character. He’s an incredibly attractive, appealing guy."

Tassler also said that the script for the season premiere, which will be a two-parter, "was as smart and as funny and as irreverent and as risqué as the show has always been. I think people who are fans of the show will be really happy."

Maybe so, but it sounded like there may have been some nervousness on the set Monday when the show began shooting the new season. "I would be lying if I didn’t say, when everybody walked on that set on Monday, you could cut the air with a knife," Tassler said.

"Our whole focus right now is moving forward," she later said. "(As opposed to where we were) six months ago to today, we're worlds apart. I'm just happy to be where we are today."

Tassler wouldn't confirm or deny reports that Charlie Sheen's character, Charlie Harper, would be killed off next season.

"Two and a Half Men" returns Sept. 19.

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