Continuing this week’s dedicated blog posts leading up to the series finale of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ this Thursday night on CBS, it’s time to learn about the man behind the outcast science nerds.
Chuck Lorre, TV’s 66-year-old mega-producer of popular
sitcoms half-hour comedies, including ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ did not have a traditional route to his current position. In actuality, his long and winding path to the executive producer, show creator and showrunner that everyone wants today pivoted on the spur of the moment with a succinct determination that translated into one of the best elevator pitches.
It was an elevator pitch that, unlike a broken elevator in a certain Pasadena apartment complex, worked to help him move on up to the successful side of life.
Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, and Mayim Bialik will be missed as a cast. Together, they delivered in so many ways — comedically as well as with those rare sweet moments like the napkin signed by Leonard Nimoy — that made them and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ must-see TV for 12 years. But we must also give credit to the men and women behind the scenes and cameras on set for creating the fictional world within Pasadena’s science community that millions of people around the world relate to and enjoy.
Chuck Lorre is one of these people.
And his personal story from a struggling musician to a prime time storyteller is not theoretical. It evolved his way, according to the script he was unknowingly writing for himself more than three decades ago.
Today is one of those days. It (as a wise woman once told me) inhales profusely. We’ve all had them, we’ve all become stressed because of them and we’ve all just wanted them to end.
Except me and except for today.
I want to remember this feeling equally comprised of anger, depression, hopelessness and, oddly enough, reassurance. If you’re doing something and/or are around someone who is constantly making you feel under-appreciated, unwelcome and miserable, then a change, however painful, is necessary for basic human happiness.
Life is too damn short.
And while I am not in the mood for levity at the moment, Chuck Lorre may be the only person who just might get me to achieve this impossible feat today. Not out loud, but inside, where the fire burns. And, apparently, that place deep down where the fire burns is precisely where Chuck Lorre “amateur comedy writer” slowly evolved into Chuck Lorre “sitcom king.”
From feelings of upchucking to Chuck lifting me up a little in a single
That’s a super story of winning made for TV.
Have you ever been curious what would happen if The Big Bang Theory became TV friends with The Wonder Years?
Come this fall, you’ll wonder no more.
My reaction to the brand new TV trailer for Young Sheldon, in a single word, which would surely appease the relentlessly efficient conversationalist, Dr. Sheldon Cooper:
P.S. Looks like Chuck Lorre has done it again.
- Frannie’s Turn
- Grace Under Fire
- Dharma & Greg
- Two and a Half Men
- The Big Bang Theory
- Mike & Molly
- And Future #1 Comedies To-Be-Created
The man behind-the-curtain of all these sitcom hits is Chuck Lorre.
Clearly, he is the sitcom king of network television. When I’ve been in the audience for live tapings of The Big Bang Theory (including its pilot) and Two and a Half Men (including the series finale), I’ve always looked for Chuck Lorre on the floor. He’s a bonafide TV star. However, the ride hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the mega producer.
(Charlie Sheen and Angus T. Jones, cough-cough)
And as the interview below reveals, Mr. Lorre has faced adversity in many forms, from crazy outbursts from his actors to uptight studio executives.
Speaking of uptight…
That vanity card was probably one of the censored ones.