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Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 9:11PM EST
Chuck Lorre unveils his 600th vanity card across The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon and Mom
The mega-producer offered a two-parter for Vanity Card #600. Lorre has been writing vanity cards across his six comedies, including Mike & Molly, Dharma & Greg and Two and a Half Men. "As I write this, my six hundredth vanity card, I find myself fantasizing about a time, far in the future, when my cards have inexplicably become the scriptural basis for a new religion," writes Lorre. "Like in the classic sci-fi novel A Canticle For Leibowitz, each card would be studied, pondered and argued over by hermetic monks who fervently believe them to be documents of divine origin. In this imagined future, chaste and smelly men in threadbare woolen robes happily devote their entire lives trying to understand the entirely not esoteric words of me. And this would go on for thousands of years. Generation after generation of completely misguided wisdomseekers would write treatises on pointless essays that I wrote in a hurry (like this one)."
Posted Tuesday 10/30/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Chuck Lorre uses his Big Bang Theory vanity card to call President Trump a "fascist"
Lorre didn't use Trump's name in last week's vanity card. Instead, he addressed God: "I humbly beseech thee to make thy presence known on November 6th," Lorre wrote. "Demonstrate your omnipotence through us as we make ink marks on little circles in curtained booths. Of course if you, in your divine wisdom, believe a fascist, hate-filled, fear-mongering, demagogic, truth-shattering, autocratic golf cheater is what we need right now, then, you know, thy will be done."
Posted Friday 10/12/18 at 5:55PM EDT
Watch Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin in Netflix's The Kominsky Method trailer
The Chuck Lorre comedy follows the two acting legends playing two longtime best friends who are going through the trials and tribulations of getting older in Los Angeles.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Billy Gardell to reunite with Chuck Lorre for the CBS sitcom pilot Bob (Hearts) Abishola
After spending six seasons co-starring with Melissa McCarthy on the Lorre-produced CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, Gardell is set to return to CBS for Bob (Hearts) Abishola. On the multi-camera comedy, he'll play a heart attack survivor who falls in love with Nigerian immigrant nurse.
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Young Sheldon stars help launch the The Young Sheldon STEM Initiative
Chuck Lorre is teaming with Young Sheldon executive producers Jim Parsons and Steve Molaro to help boost interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. “To those of us involved in making it, Young Sheldon is more than a television series,” said Lorre. “At its heart, it’s a story about potential. When the education of a child is supported, there is no limit to what that child might eventually achieve. We hope that in some small way, this program gives these public schools more STEM educational tools in the classroom for teachers to nurture and ignite the curiosity of students who will ultimately become our future leaders and scholars.”
Posted Thursday 8/23/18 at 10:35PM EDT
Chuck Lorre decided The Big Bang Theory couldn't go on without Jim Parsons' Sheldon
It was Big Bang co-creator Lorre who ultimately made the decision to end the hit sitcom after 12 seasons. According to Deadline, Parsons told Lorre last Friday that Season 12 would be his final season, which led to an unsuccessful last-ditch attempt to change his mind over the weekend. After Wednesday's table read for the Season 12 premiere, Lorre summoned the cast to his office and gave the floor to Parsons, who tearfully announced his decision, reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "With the entire room still reeling from the shock, I hear Lorre revealed that the series too would not go beyond Season 12," reports Andreeva. Entertainment Weekly previously reported that Parsons turned down a two-year contract worth more than $50 million to stay because he was ready to move on. Andreeva adds that "Lorre made the decision not to continue with the show unless all key auspices were coming back. Parsons is one of the series’ 'big three,' along with Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco. Lorre had publicly said he would not do the series without any of the original three leads. Additionally, Parsons’ character on Big Bang, Sheldon Cooper, is at the center of the Big Bang prequel series Young Sheldon. I hear Parsons informed Lorre about his decision to leave after the end of the season on Friday, when I hear renewal talks with CBS were still ongoing. I hear there was an effort over the weekend to persuade him to change his mind, which was unsuccessful." This morning, Parsons paid tribute to the show's cast, crew and fans in a lengthy Instagram post.
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 2:39PM EDT
The Big Bang Theory to end this year with Season 12
On Aug. 5, CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said at the TV press tour "we don't believe it's the final year" and "we are in preliminary discussions to renew the show with Warner Bros." Today, The Big Bang Theory producers announced that the sitcom won't go beyond the upcoming Season 12. “We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons," Warner Bros. TV and Chuck Lorre Productions said in a joint statement. "We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 12:49AM EDT
CBS board to discuss whether Les Moonves should step aside during sexual misconduct investigation
Source: The Wall Street Journal
At least two of CBS' 14 board members have questioned whether Moonves should continue leading the network while he is under investigation for the alleged sexual harassment that was detailed Friday in Ronan Farrow's New Yorker exposé. In a previously scheduled meeting on Monday, the board is expected to discuss whether CBS should have a temporary leader while Moonves is being investigated. According to The Wall Street Journal, the board is also expected to select a special committee to oversee the investigation. “I think the board realizes as a whole that this is a very, very, very serious situation,” a source told the Wall Street Journal. “While there is an important Les piece to this, really, more important to the company as a whole is that this raises serious issues with regard to culture and harassment throughout the company.” Meanwhile, CBS uber-producer Chuck Lorre tried to dodge questions about Moonves while speaking at a panel on Sunday abouti his new Netflix comedy The Kominsky Method: "What's going on with CBS, let's talk later," he said. "I don't think this is the venue to discuss what is going on there. I do think it's important to have a safe work environment...You can't do good work in an unsafe environment, and it had to be made safe for everyone."
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 12:18PM EDT
CBS: We "hope" The Big Bang Theory runs at least two more years
Source: TV Guide
CBS executives said this morning they are not ready to say goodbye to their biggest hit next season. "As long as (co-creator) Chuck (Lorre) and his team think they have stories tell, we're on board," CBS senior executive vice president Thom Sherman told reporters. "We hope to get at least two more years out of them. (The Big Bang Theory) is not slowing down anytime soon." CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl pointed out that Season 11 had the same ratings as Season 10. With performance like that, “we are hopeful that there will be more” seasons of Big Bang beyond the upcoming 12th,” Kahl said, adding: “We can take a few more seasons.”
Posted Sunday 4/08/18 at 5:24PM EDT
Mom renewed for Season 6
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Chuck Lorre will continue having three series on CBS next season. "Mom has been a linchpin comedy for us over the last several years,” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said of the Anna Faris-Allison Janney comedy. “It’s a fearless series that tackles provocative social issues with laughter and grace, and a large, loyal audience has followed."
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 5:44PM EST
Netflix cancels Disjointed after one season
The Kathy Bates pot comedy from Chuck Lorre was one of the few multi-camera comedies outside of network TV.
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 4:41PM EST
Lisa Edelstein is going from Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce to Confessions of a Sociopath
Edelstein and former Girlfriends’ Guide executive producer Carol Barbee are developing a dramedy based on the M.E. Thomas book Confessions of a Sociopath. Edelstein, who’s co-writing the adaptation, will play a woman who is learning to live her life after being clinically diagnosed as a sociopath. Edelstein has also signed on to recur on Netflix’s The Kominsky Method from Chuck Lorre.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 6:16PM EST
Grown-up versions of Young Sheldon characters may surface on The Big Bang Theory
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Chuck Lorre says there’s been talk about creating an adult version of Georgie, Sheldon’s older brother. And he says to see Billy Sparks on The Big Bang Theory “would be a thrill if we get that right.”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 6:16PM EST
Mom books Kristin Chenoweth
Source: TV Insider
Chenoweth's guest appearance will reunite her with former West Wing co-star Allison Janney. "She plays a spiritual advisor to Jaime Pressly's Jill," says executive producer Chuck Lorre. "It's not a healthy relationship; it's a bit of a con. But she plays something of a guru."
Posted Thursday 8/31/17 at 4:54AM EDT
CBS’ Les Moonves on Young Sheldon: “It was the quickest pitch and the quickest yes in the history of television”
Source: The New York Times
“Chuck (Lorre) said, ‘Sheldon, East Texas, 9 years old.’ I said, ‘Done!’” Moonves says of The Big Bang Theory spinoff. But not everybody was initially on board. Jim Parsons, who is serving as an executive producer, worried about the show’s lack of a studio audience, which was intended to make it easier on the young stars. “When I first heard it, I was like, ‘Oh no! Why!’” says Parsons. “I just thought, ‘But y’all are so gifted at that multicam format.”