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'Two and a Half Men': Kutcher's laptop stars again

Actor Ashton Kutcher will play Walden Schmidt,

Actor Ashton Kutcher will play Walden Schmidt, "an Internet billionaire with a broken heart," when he arrives as the new star of "Two and a Half Men" next month. (Jan. 20, 2011) Credit: AP

That crazy kid, Ashton Kutcher! He will stop at nothing to promote the incredibly great Internet startups in which he has a stake -- up to and including guest-editing a major Condé Nast property that recommended Internet startups, which Ash owned stakes in, to readers.

But that was crumbs compared to his stunt on "Two and a Half Men" when he flipped open a notebook on the season premiere to reveal a number of stickers of companies -- in which he owned stakes. As widely reported at the time, CBS was annoyed because placement is a big, lucrative business in network TV and, as such, tightly controlled. Imagine its chagrin when some of these companies didn't put a check in the mail after being promoted to 28 million viewers.

Well: Ash's computer made another starring role Monday night in the episode with Jenny McCarthy. As per his character's role, when not walking around the Malibu house half-naked, he's lounging on the couch with his laptop wide open for the whole world to see.

The stickers for Flipboard, GroupMe, Hipmunk, Foursquare and Chegg are plastered all over the sucker. Ash, however, will have to get a bigger laptop if he wants to promote the rest of his companies -- Blekko, Likealittle, Grubwithus, Saarly and Seatgeek. And of course, this goes a long way toward explaining why his billionaire character still hasn't forked out 500 bucks for a tablet.

In any event, I've got emails out to CBS. Will let you know what the network thinks as soon as I know.


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