CBS's TWO AND A HALF MEN May Present Gay Adoption Storyline for Final Season
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CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler revealed the news today at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, telling reporters that the new season will begin with Ashton Kutcher's Walden facing a health crisis which will lead him to an "existential crisis."
"He wants to find a way to add more meaning to his life, so he decides he wants to adopt a child and in doing so, he starts the process and realizes that it's very difficult to adopt a child as a single, straight man," Tassler explained. "So once and for all he decides, 'I'm going to propose to Alan [Jon Cryer] and we're going to get Married and adopt a child as a gay couple."
Referring to the storyline as a "great ride," said Tassler she believes it will make a "very positive statement" on the current issue of gay rights. "I think it's a very positive statement that, you know what, I am going to adopt a child as [part of] a gay couple and the reality is, he can do that," she told THR. "And in a universe where at one point you couldn't do that and now you can do that, I think that's a much more positive statement that he's making."
Watchdog group GLAAD responded to the news by telling THR: "We hope the show will acknowledge not only the progress made in acceptance of gay and lesbian couples, but also the fact that -- in many areas of the country -- same-sex couples are often under greater scrutiny or still barred from adoption options that straight couples have."
The plot will not be the first time the sitcom has approached the issue of gay rights. Last season, actress Amber Tamblyn joined the series as Charlie's long-lost lesbian daughter.