Matt Hoyle/CBS
EW Staff
September 15, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

With the spectacular, bridge-burning, jumping-down-the-inflatable-emergency-slide exit of Charlie Sheen from Two and a Half Men, the show’s raunchy, hedonistic playboy is gone — and with him, the show’s primary source of bawdy jokes. In his place, Ashton Kutcher returns to sitcom TV as Walden Schmidt, a brokenhearted Internet billionaire who has no game with the ladies. The two-part Men ninth-season premiere is more than a sitcom, it’s the final act to a riveting behind-the-scenes TV-industry soap opera that captivated the world. Everybody will have an opinion the next day, but just don’t expect the overhaul to have tamed Men. Sept. 19

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