In April 2011, Chuck Lorre announced that he had developed an idea for a Two and a Half Men reboot that would exclude Sheen and have Jon Cryer, who portrayed Alan Harper, in a lead role alongside a new character.
Lorre was originally fixated on a character in his mid to late forties and originally approached Hugh Grant, who was fifty at the time.
However, Alan has to put the house up for sale as he is unable to afford the mortgage payments and property tax.
While Alan is speaking with Charlie's ashes and trying to decide where to spread them, Walden suddenly appears on the house's back deck, scaring Alan and causing him to drop the ashes on the living room floor.
Walden asks Evelyn to redecorate the beach house using solar power and wind power.
The redecorated house included a voice-activated command to turn the lights on and off and get ice from the refrigerator, by the use of Walden's voice, but not Alan's.
For the first eight seasons of Two and a Half Men, the series' main character was Charlie Harper, portrayed by actor Charlie Sheen.