In revealing its fall lineup on Wednesday, CBS announced that the upcoming season will be the last for venerable comedy "Two and a Half Men."
Network entertainment chief Nina Tassler said executive producer Chuck Lorre is creating a "season-long event" to usher out the sitcom, which will end after 12 seasons.
"Chuck is very psyched about this. He's got some great ideas and very big surprises," she told reporters. "We know fans and audiences respond to that."
"Two and a Half Men," once the most popular comedy in prime time, has seen ratings declines in recent seasons. Still, it continued to be one of the network's stronger performers even after surviving the infamous departure of Charlie Sheen.
The show is an expensive one to produce. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sheen's replacement, Ashton Kutcher, was the highest-paid sitcom actor on TV heading into the Season 11, earning about $700,000 per episode. Meanwhile, co-star Jon Cryer earned about $620,000 an episode.
Network TV's longest-running comedy, "Two and a Half Men" has experienced its share of turbulence over the years. In addition to Sheen's messy public feud with Lorre (and subsequent firing), former star Angus T. Jones called the show "filth" and said it conflicted with his religious views. He later apologized, but his role was downgraded from regular to recurring. He hasn't appeared in recent episodes.