Ashton Kutcher (right) and his Two and a Half Men castmates at the Aug. 5 taping
08/06/2011 at 04:00 PM EDT
Goodbye, Charlie. Hello, Ashton.
In a last goodbye, Friday night brought the taping of the funeral of Charlie Sheen's character Charlie Harper on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men
, according to reports from the closed set.
Also there to appear in the season premiere: Ashton Kutcher
, who is joining the cast
. In the show's readjusted storyline, Charlie's Malibu bachelor pad is being bought by broken-hearted Internet mogul Walter Schmidt, played by Kutcher
No word yet on the cause of Harper's death, which reportedly is being kept secret by the series' creator and executive producer, Chuck Lorre.
Charlie Harper's funeral, as seen in a photo circulating the Internet, features a casket draped with the colors of the character's favorite bowling shirt.
According to TMZ.com
, the staged funeral was also packed with all of Charlie's former girlfriends, as well as guest stars John Stamos – who, among others
, was once rumored to be assuming
Sheen's role – and Jenny McCarthy
Sheen and the program bitterly parted ways
in March of this year, amid outbursts by the star
, both in radio and TV interviews
and in live stage presentations
Now entering its ninth season on CBS, Two and a Half Men
also stars Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones. Sheen, meanwhile, has been announced to star in a new show
, Anger Management