Though he is only signed onto “Two and a Half Men” for this season (and despite the gossipy turmoil in his personal life), Ashton Kutcher says he is happy at work on the set of the hit CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men” and interested in sticking around.

“The deal that we structured for the show was kind of a test. Can we get the show up? Can we get it going?” Kutcher said of the one-year contract he signed to take the lead in “Men” after Charlie Sheen exited. “The show is outperforming the numbers from before I was here, and so I think that people are responding to it. And, you know, for me, having a show that people like and people want more of, that will dictate my decision,” he explained while promoting the show at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Wednesday.

Though he is slated to film a number of movies after this season of “Men” wraps, Kutcher is already considering that time off as just a temporary break from the set. “Right now I’m looking at it as a hiatus because I’m having a lot of fun doing the show and working with these guys and would be interested in coming back if we can work that out,” he said.

When will we meet the “Mother”?

As for the fate of “How I Met Your Mother,” creator Carter Bays says setting an end-date for the series “is not a high priority for us,” though he promises the writers “know what the endgame of the series is” and will plan accordingly so viewers do, eventually, meet Ted’s kids’ mom.

 

“I would imagine, going into the final season of the show, we’d probably hip people to that and let them know, like, ‘OK, we’re coming up on the end,’” he said of the series, which CBS is committed to through at least May 2013.

That’s a plan that works for series star Jason Segel. “I really agree that I’d like to see the story come to its natural end, whether [that is in] eight years or nine years, just whatever,” the actor said. “I was so relieved when I found out there was an actual plan.”

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