updated 08/06/2011 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/06/2011 AT 10:30 AM ET
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.