Two and a Half Men to return for tenth season

Ashton Kutcher has re-signed to appear in the hit US comedy

Two and a Half Men has been green lit to return for a tenth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The comedy show will return to CBS’ 2012-13 schedule, with its stars Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T.Jones all garnering a pay rise. Kutcher is now expected to take home slightly more than the $725,000 he currently earns per episode.

Cryer and Jones will get similar pay rises but will still earn less than Kutcher. Jones currently earns half the wage paid to the Punk’d star per episode.

Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen after the comic actor was fired from the hit US show when his behaviour became increasingly erratic, culminating in a spat with the show’s creator Chuck Lorre.

Despite the loss of Sheen, the ninth season of Two and a Half Men was the Number 3 primetime comedy in the US, behind The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family.

Current show-runner, Lee Aronsohn, will step down for the new season with the show’s writer-producers Don Reo and Jim Patterson promoted to co-run the show with Chuck Lorre.