The new Two and a Half Men airs the first episode of its ninth season on September 19.  The season premiere is unofficially reported by several TV watchdogs and public radio stations to be aired as a two part episode to help fans get used to Uncle Charlie’s untimely demise, and to introduce Ashton Kutcher’s character — Walden Schmidt – a multi-billionaire with a broken heart.

CBS’ Entertainment Nina Tassler would not confirm or deny reports that the new season begins with the death and funeral of Sheen’s character, Charlie Harper.  “The mystery is part of the marketing,” she said.

Lots of information about that first show is slipping through the cracks of what Nina Tassler insists is an iron clad secret and denies, or is non-committal, when asked about how the new version of the sitcom will begin.

Tassler is firm that the way that Sheen is written out of the show is a surprise and that the rumors are just rumors and not valid information.

During a press conference on Wednesday, she did confirm the much-anticipated cast change for TV’s biggest sitcom.  Kutcher, of course, will fill the void left by Charlie Sheen who dramatically left the show in the past season.

In addition, A CBS exec confirmed that Kutcher’s character is named Walden Schmidt, but insisted that this character bears no family connection to Charlie’s brother and nephew, played by Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones, who are continuing stars in the new season.

Tassler is quoted as saying “The show will be as irreverent as it has ever been. Our Program Practices people are already on high alert.”