The taping of the season premiere of Two and a Half Men was last night, and early feedback should allow CBS and producer Warner Bros TV to breathe a sigh of relief. People who were at the taping or have read the script, praised the writing as being as sharp as in was in Men‘s heyday. And then there is Ashton Kutcher, who replaced fired star Charlie Sheen playing a new character, Internet billionaire Walden Schmidt. “They brought back something that was working, the writing and the supporting cast, and added a new element, Ashton Kutcher, who is breathing new life,” said one attendee to the taping. Mostly to protect the storyline in the episode, which we largely scooped earlier this week, everyone who was at the taping had to sign a non-disclosure agreement. (Yes, there was a funeral for Charlie Harper attended by some of his former girlfriends.) But people who saw the filming describe Kutcher as “charming” and “solid” and say he was an improvement over the final episodes of Sheen where he was still very good but also showing signs of addiction problems with his gaunt look. Here is the curtain call for the cast, which includes Kutcher, Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Conchata Ferrell, Holland Taylor and recurring guest star Marin Hinkle.