lorre kutcher tca getty 'Two and a Half Men': Is the show too expensive to continue?Could it be that “Two and a Half Men” is a victim of its own success? HollywoodLife is reporting that producers might just sack the sitcom because it can’t afford the high-priced talent.

A source on the show tells the publication, “Right now it’s all about the money…CBS would have to give Ashton Kutcher a huge raise to stay on for another season, plus the rest of the cast makes a ton a money already. It might just be worth it to end on a huge note…It’s 50/50 at best for renewal”

The show’s return has long since been a topic of discussion. Once “Two and a Half Men” proved that it had legs with Kutcher on it, it became clear that the CBS and producers were going to have to pony up plenty to top Kutcher’s reported $800,000 per episode rate.

In a CBS press release announcing the 2012-13 season show renewals, “Men” was noticeably absent. But the network says they are in “preliminary discussions” to keep the show on the air.

EP Chuck Lorre has a different take on the matter. While at PaleyFest 2012, he says he believes the program is deserving of a tenth season.

“It’s unusual when they cancel a show that’s in the top 10,” Lorre says. “I think there’s hope.”

Posted by:David Eckstein