WASHINGTON, January 10, 2013 —Thursday nights belong to CBS, there’s no denying that. The lineup that includes The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Person of Interest and Elementary all win their respective time slots for the night. The block of shows also consistently finishes in the top 15, according to Nielsen ratings.
However, the success of one of these shows; Two and a Half Men, has not been without controversy. The meltdown of Charlie Sheen prior to being dumped from the show is all part of enertainment history. Now, Angus Jones is having a battle with his own demons. Jones has been on the show since its start, playing the underachieving son and recently enlisted soldier.
This past November Jones trashed Two and a Half Men and its filthy content in a viral YouTube video, citing his newfound Christianity as the source of his discontent with the show. He even went so far as to ask people to stop watching Two and a Half Men so it would be cancelled.
This would lead one to think his future with the show is uncertain, but after speaking with Jones about his comments, executive producer Chuck Lorre said “I was concerned about him continuing with us, but he’s entitled to his journey,” he said. “He’s a sweetheart. He’s fine.” He continued: “He’s 19, man. Cut him some slack.”
These are generous words considering the venomous attack by Jones in his video, but after Lorre’s Job like tolerance with Charlie Sheen’s behavior prior to firing him, not at all surprising. What is surprising is Jones would want to give up a job that pays $350,000 an episode because of his religious beliefs.
Are Jones’ actions a glimmer of principle within the entertainment industry? What’s next, the elimination of exploitative reality shows or a mandate for less violence? We can only hope, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
All times are EST:
ABC: Last Resort: (New) A mutiny, a typhoon and a coup d’etat force Marcus and the crew into unexpected alliances; grief strains Sam’s loyalty.
CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (New) While the guys take a road trip to a comic book convention dressed as “Star Trek: The Next Generation” characters, the girls stay home and try to interpret a comic book.
FOX: Mobbed: (New) Howie Mandel and thousands of strangers plan an extraordinary surprise.
NBC: 30 Rock: (New) Liz explores adoption options; Tracy learns what it’s like to be Liz, and Jack tries to prove he’s the best CEO ever.
CW: 18th Annual Critic’s Choice Movie Awards: (Live) The 18th annual awards gala, presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. “Lincoln” leads all films with 13 nominations.
CBS: Two and a Half Men: (New) Walden and Alan go to Kate’s fashion show in New York so Walden can tell her the truth about his identity.
NBC: 1600 Penn: (Repeat) President Dale Gilchrist’s son, Skip, is caught in a public mishap and escorted back to the White House, where he’s kept under close surveillance. Meanwhile, Dale discusses a trade agreement with visiting South American leaders; and Emily tries to make peace with Becca.
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy: (New) Bailey continues to put her wedding day on hold as she tries to save Adele’s life; Owen and Cristina are unsure about their pending divorce; Callie and Arizona try to reignite their spark.
CBS: Person of Interest: (New) While Carter engages in mental warfare with the FBI to help Reese evade Agent Donnelly’s narrowing focus, Reese crosses paths with foes both old and new. Meanwhile, Det. Fusco is forced to fly solo to help the team’s newest POI: supermodel Karolina Kurkova.
FOX: Glee: (Repeat) The New Directions celebrate the music of Michael Jackson.
NBC: The Office: (New) An office lice infestation catapults Dwight into action. Julius Erving guest stars.
NBC: 1600 Penn: (New) All new! Skip tries to defuse the scandal around Becca’s pregnancy.
ABC: Scandal: (New) While Huck is held under the Patriot Act, Olivia and the team receive assistance from an old friend; Mellie is faced with a compromising situation that could impact Fitz’s future.
CBS: Elementary: (New) Sherlock is reunited with “M.” (Vinnie Jones) a British criminal who appears to have followed Sherlock to New York. Meanwhile, Joan has reservations about leaving Sherlock and taking on a new client.
NBC: Rock Center With Brian Williams: (New) Texting while driving sentencing, Jenna Bush-Hager dishes White House living with ‘1600 Penn’ star, Josh Gad, a new study on why sitting is bad for you.
New episodes of:
The Millionaire Matchmaker at 9 p.m. on BRAVO
Four Weddings at 9 p. m. on TLC
Mysteries at the Museum at 9 p. m. on Travel Channel
Cajun Pawn Stars at 9 and 9:30, 10 and 10:30 p.m on History Channel
Beyond Scared Straight at 10 p. m. on A&E
Kathy at 10 p. m. on BRAVO
Property Wars at 10 p. m. on DSC
Sweet Genius at 10 p. m. on Food Channel
What Not to Wear at 10 p. m. on TLC
For movie lovers:
8 p. m.
Signs on AMC
The Fifth Element on ENC
The Apostle on FLIX
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Iron Man 2 on FX
Exit Wounds on REELZ
9 p. m.
RV on ABCFAM
Big Miracle on HBO
The Three Stooges on HBO
High School on SHO
Underworld: Awakening on STARZ
50/50 at 9:30 p. m on SHO
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King at 10:35 p.m. on STARZ