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Last laugh: 'Two and a Half Men' will end after next season

Ashton Kutcher, center, with Angus T. Jones and Jon Cryer, replaced Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men."

After more than a decade of family dysfunction, brotherly battles, disastrous dates and some of the juiciest off-screen headlines of any show ever, "Two and a Half Men" is facing its final season.

CBS president Nina Tassler announced Wednesday that season 12, which begins this fall, will be the sitcom's last. 

"(Show creator) Chuck Lorre is creating a season-long event," Tassler said, comparing the announcement to the yearlong countdown to the end of "How I Met Your Mother," another long-running CBS comedy. "(Lorre has) got some great ideas and very big surprises."

But would one of those surprises be the return of onetime star Charlie Sheen, whose character, bad boy Charlie Harper, was killed off in 2011 after an offscreen back-and-forth with Lorre? Tassler said she didn't know.

"Chuck knows his show better than me," she said. "He has a lot of surprises in store, I don't know if that's one of them." 

Sheen and Jon Cryer were the show's original stars, along with child actor Angus T. Jones. When Sheen was fired, "That '70s Show" star Ashton Kutcher was hired to replace him. Jones also later left the show, which had made him the most highly paid child star on television, calling the sitcom "filth" and saying it conflicted with his religious views. Cryer has won two Primetime Emmys for his role as uptight chiropractor Alan Harper.

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