CBS today announced the early renewal of 18 shows, including five comedies, for the 2014-2015 season. The five renewed comedies are veteran series Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, and Mike & Molly and new shows The Millers, starring Will Arnett, and Mom, starring Anna Faris. The Big Bang Theory received a massive three-season renewal from the network yesterday, so producer Chuck Lorre still has four sitcoms on the network.
This leaves the Robin Williams-Sarah Michelle Gellar series The Crazy Ones and the upcoming midseason sitcoms Friends with Better Lives and Bad Teacher as the only comedies CBS has yet to renew. How I Met Your Mother [...]
Two and a Half Men's half-man Angus T. Jones made headlines earlier this week when he called the show "filth" and encouraged people to stop watching it in a testimonial video for a Christian cult, fueling speculation that he'd be leaving the long-running series soon. HuffPo now reports that Jones will probably be departing after the current season, the show's tenth, in which he won't be appearing in every single episode anyways. CBS has yet to renew Two and a Half Men for an eleventh season, but considering how long it's been running and that Angus T. Jonesgate is coming in the wake of ex-star Charlie Sheen's [...]
It's tradition at this point for CBS's one-two punch of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men to trounce NBC's chunk of Thursday night sitcoms in the ratings, but this week, CBS had a little help from Miley Cyrus. According to TV By the Numbers, Big Bang scored a 4.7 rating with adults 18-49, up 4% from last week, and Two and a Half Men earned a 4.0, up 14% from last week thanks to a guest spot by Miley Cyrus. NBC's 8pm hour competition, 30 Rock and Up All Night, achieved a 1.3 and a 1.4, respectively, with 30 Rock staying steady from last week's ratings [...]
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 [...]
The latest crop of new network sitcoms from the past year or so feature a whole lot that are female-fronted, from Whitney and Two Broke Girls to Don't Trust the B- in Apartment 23 and BFFs. It's great, right? They're all very different shows that have little in common other than the gender of their lead actors, offering up different things to different audiences while making the TV comedy landscape more representative of the actual population. You'd have to be kind of a misogynist dirtbag to make sweeping, negative generalizations about that, right? Enter Two and a Half Men co-creator Lee Aronsohn:
"Enough ladies. I get it. You [...]