Posts tagged as chuck lorre

Being a "Difficult" Woman on TV and the Refreshing Brilliance of 'The Comeback'

When the history of '90s sitcoms is told through televised romans à clef, it is, of course, the writers who get the last word. Tension between writers and stars is nothing new to television — ask any writer of Mork & Mindy what working with Robin Williams was like — but these tensions became more pronounced in the '90s, for two reasons: The syndication money was obscene, and the standup explosion of the '80s led to a demand in star-driven vehicles based on standup routines. This led to inevitable questions of authorship. Carsey-Werner became famous for creating sitcoms around standup performers (Bill Cosby, Roseanne [...]

Roseanne Says Chuck Lorre Stole Her Joke for 'Two and a Half Men'

Over the last three days, Roseanne Barr has been tweeting up a storm about Two and a Half Men creator stealing a joke from her standup act and using it on the show, in a line delivered by Ashton Kutcher. Barr heard about how Thursday's episode of Men had Kutcher say a line about a 91-year-old woman ("I’d imagine that you’re wet in the places you used to be dry, and dry in the places you used to be wet."), which bears a strong resemblance to a line about menopause she's been using in her act since at least 2006 ("I’m wet where I’m supposed to be dry and [...]

Anna Faris to Star in Chuck Lorre's New CBS Pilot 'Mom'

The House Bunny and Scary Movie star Anna Faris has just been cast as the lead in Chuck Lorre's new CBS pilot Mom, TV Line reports. Mom will be a multi-camera show starring Faris as a newly sober single mom trying to put her life back together in Napa Valley. Chuck Lorre, the man behind CBS's mega-hit sitcoms Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and Mike & Molly, is co-creating and producing Mom alongside his Two and a Half Men cohorts Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker. Given Lorre's strong relationship and track record with CBS, this looks like it'll be a sure thing this pilot [...]

How Big Bang Theory Reruns Made TBS the #1 Cable Network

Here's a fairly stunning look at how reruns of The Big Bang Theory helped boost TBS to the #1 cable network among 18-49 year olds, and how those reruns often get better ratings than new episodes of shows like South Park and Archer. We sure do love our physicist jokes, huh, America?

The King is Dead

The most popular comedy on TV, Two and a Half Men, appears to be dead, probably for good, thanks to the truly fucked rantings of Charlie Sheen. Now, I'm enjoying the same level of schadenfreude as every other comedy nerd out there at the death of this grotesque giant of a show, but it does make it harder to really savor this when Sheen is so very clearly ill. I mean, come on: “I’ve got magic. I’ve got poetry in my fingertips. Most of the time — and this includes naps — I’m an F-18, bro. And I will destroy you in the air. I will deploy my [...]

Master of Dated Humor Chuck Lorre Just Made His First "'Two and a Half Men' Is Bad" Joke

"To do a show about people trying to redeem their lives and to salvage and repair the damage they’ve done — for me, it’s an opportunity to apologize for Two and a Half Men."

-Two and a Half Men/Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre, proving his love for dated comedy knows no bounds by making his first-ever "Two and a Half Men is bad" joke like it's 2003 or something (via Variety).

CBS Orders Comedy Series Starring Robin Williams, Will Arnett, and Anna Faris

CBS today announced that they've picked up four new comedy series for the fall. Here's the rundown on the new shows:

Mom comes from co-creator Chuck Lorre and stars Anna Faris as a newly-sober single mother working as a waitress in Napa Valley. The Millers comes from My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia and stars Will Arnett as a newly-divorced guy whose parents move in with him. Crazy Ones is a father-daughter workplace comedy created by David E. Kelley that stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The network's final new comedy, We Are Men, stars Chris Smith, Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, and Jerry O'Connell as four guys [...]

"50 Power Showrunners" List Includes Louis C.K., Seth MacFarlane, Lena Dunham, and More

The Hollywood Reporter put out a list today of “50 Power Showrunners,” the leading writer-producers in TV. Here’s the full roster of comedy showrunners who made the list:

Salim and Mara Brock Akil -The Game (BET) Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Kyle Newachek and Kevin Etten – Workaholics (Comedy Central) Carter Bays and Craig Thomas – How I Met Your Mother (CBS) David Caspe, Jonathan Groff and Josh Bycel – Happy Endings (ABC) Louis C.K. – Louie (FX) David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik – Episodes (Showtime) Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner – Girls (HBO) Greg Garcia – Raising Hope (Fox) Bruce Helford – Anger Management (FX) [...]

Two And A Half Men Premiere Kicks Off With Charlie's Funeral

In an unsubtle a metaphor as is allowed on network television, Chuck Lorre delivers a final "fuck you" to his former star by having the Two And A Half Men season premiere feature Charlie Harper's funeral. Deadline reports that the Sept. 19 episode will kick-off with Charlie Sheen's character already deceased, making me wonder how many takes were ruined by Lorre's maniacal off-screen laughter. The first episode of the show's ninth season will also feature visits from Charlie's ex-girlfriends as they come to pay their respects, after which the house will be put on the market. Ashton Kutcher stops by as a potential homeowner, and will allegedly [...]

The Mike and Molly Fat Joke Tracker

Movieline's Mike and Molly Fat Joke Tracker gathers up all of the fat jokes in CBS's new sitcom so you don't have to sit through an episode to hear them. An example: “You were eating corn on the cob before you had teeth.” Start clearing space for another Emmy now, Chuck Lorre.

'The Big Bang Theory' Gets a Triple Season Renewal

Big Bang fans can now rest easy knowing that they'll be getting new episodes at least until after we elect our next president. According to Variety, the smash hit CBS sitcom has been officially given a triple season renewal through the 2016-2017 season. Some of the main cast members — including recent SNL host Jim Parsons — are currently in the middle of contract renewal negotiations. "Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television," CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said in a statement. Big Bang drew its highest ratings yet this season (its seventh), averaging [...]

Chuck Lorre and Anna Faris's Sitcom 'Mom' to Be Picked Up by CBS Today

The networks won't be announcing which new shows they're picking up until next week, but one CBS sitcom pilot is already being given an early spot on the fall schedule. Deadline reports that CBS will be ordering the pilot Mom to series today. A multi-camera comedy starring Anna Faris as a single mother who gets sober in order to turn her life around while working as a waitress in Napa Valley, Mom was co-created and executive produced by CBS sitcom kingpin Chuck Lorre. The show is being eyed for the Monday 8pm post-How I Met Your Mother timeslot. Mom is the third comedy to get an early pickup [...]

The Lost Projects of Chuck Lorre

Chuck Lorre’s name may not inspire the same kind of admiration in the hearts of comedy fans as  hipper auteurs like Judd Apatow, Tina Fey, Dan Harmon, or Louis C.K. (in fact, he may inspire quite the opposite), but the man behind three of the biggest comedies on TV (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly) is every bit as powerful and influential in the humor world as some of these more revered figures, if not more so. Let’s take a look at some of the TV shows that the Two and a Half Men man has tried to get on the air over [...]

Tom Arnold On Roseanne, Chuck Lorre And The Julia Louis-Dreyfus Parking Spot Incident

Sometimes everything happens for a reason. Other times, everything happens because you're friends with Roseanne. In his new A.V. Club interview, Tom Arnold reminisces about the very many roles he's had during his decades-long career, and how it all began with that plum writer's gig on that insanely successful sitcom. "Your first job is on the number-one show, and you’re working around all these great writers and actors, and it’s a great place to learn, but it just seemed like my friend’s show," Arnold recalls, explaining that he took the job after a comedy club job in Minneapolis fell through. "She was putting together a show, I had [...]