The hit US sitcom will see Kutcher’s Walden Schmidt suffer an “existential crisis” after a health scare and ask Cryer’s Alan Harper to raise a child with him.
“He wants to find a way to add more meaning to his life so he decides he wants to adopt a child,” said CBS chairman Nina Tassler at the TCA Press Tour.
“In doing so, he starts the process and realises that it’s very difficult to adopt a child as a single, straight man.”
Walden’s solution is to propose to Alan, get married and adopt a child as a gay couple. But, of course, it is not as simple as that.
Tassler told reporters that she is not concerned about a possible backlash from LGBT fans, describing the bold plot as a “positive statement” about gay adoption, “in a universe where at one point you couldn’t do that and now you can”.
The show has explored homosexuality in the past, when Amber Tamblyn played Charlie Harper’s long-lost lesbian daughter Jenny.
GLAAD hopes the forthcoming episodes will acknowledge the progress made in terms of acceptance but also the “greater scrutiny” that gay and lesbian couples face.
“Same-sex couples are often still barred from adoption options that straight couples have,” the watchdog group told The Hollywood Reporter.
The twelfth season of Two and a Half Men is set to premiere on 30 October later this year.