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BubbleWatch: CBS' 'Two and a Half Men''
SHOW: "Two and a Half Men" (CBS)
IN ITS FAVOR: "Two and a Half Men" has moved across CBS' schedule without a hitch and combined with "The Big Bang Theory" to give the network a strong comedy block on TV's most valuable night. If CBS is thinking, once again, of launching a new comedy hour either on Thursday or elsewhere, "Two and a Half Men" could be a valuable building block. In addition, the resilient hit continues its flawless track record of maintaining audience despite various scandals and kerfuffles. Plus, Jon Cryer won another Emmy this past year.
AGAINST IT: Yes, "Two and a Half Men" is mighty expensive, but other than cost and the question of how long Ashton Kutcher wants to stay on TV, there's nothing working against "Two and a Half Men" at all.
OUR TOTALLY UNINFORMED GUESS: Although "Two and a Half Men" has been left out of both of CBS' big waves of renewals, the network has made sure to note that negotiations are underway with WBTV. Eventually, CBS will lock down a deal and "Two and a Half Men" will be back. At some point, that renewal will come with a "...for a final season" notation and that'll probably be either this year or next.
FINAL VERDICT: Renewed!