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Charlie Sheen Rant Airs on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 25th 2011 1:14PM
Charlie Sheen Radio Rant Airs on 'The Early Show'Charlie Sheen's rant on the Alex Jones radio show was aired, in part, on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS). The now-infamous rant reportedly contributed to CBS' decision to shelve 'Two and a Half Men' for the remainder of the season.

In yesterday's radio interview, Sheen takes aim at the sitcom's co-creator, Chuck Lorre, referring to him by his Hebrew name and promising to "destroy" him in a rambling, but exceedingly colorful, way.

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Charlie Sheen Calls Chuck Lorre a 'Clown,' 'Lisa Ling' & 'Todd Margaret' Renewed and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 24th 2011 6:20PM
Charlie SheenAnother day, another nutso Charlie Sheen radio rant.

The targets this time? 'Two and a Half Men' creator Chuck Lorre, Alcoholics Anonymous and ... Thomas Jefferson?

Yep. When Sheen called into 'The Alex Jones Show' this morning, he said the founding father is a [insert euphemism for kitty cat here], A.A. is a "cult," and Lorre is a "clown."

On Lorre: "Last I checked, [Lorre], I spent close to the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold. And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write. Clearly someone who believes he's above the law."

In other TV news ...

The Oscars are quite comfortable at their ABC home, thankyouverymuch. The award show to end all award shows just re-upped its contract with the network until 2020. [Deadline]

One 'True Blood' vampire is coming back from the undead-dead. Allan Hyde, the actor otherwise known as suicidal vampire Godric, will return in season 4. We're betting it's in flashbacks, otherwise the show would have a lot of 'splaining to do regarding its re-writing of vampire mythology. (Godric killed himself by burning up in sunlight in season 2.) [TV Line]

OWN wants to explore Lisa Ling's America some more. The network renewed 'Our America With Lisa Ling' for six more episodes. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Chuck Lorre: 'If Charlie Sheen Outlives Me, I'm Gonna Be Really Pissed'

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 15th 2011 3:00PM
Chuck Lorre, Two and a Half MenThere's no mistaking how Chuck Lorre feels about the Charlie Sheen situation surrounding 'Two and a Half Men.' Not after last night's episode, at least.

"If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I'm gonna be really pissed," wrote the 'Men' creator on the traditional "vanity card" in the closing credits of Monday's show. The 'Big Bang Theory' creator traditionally uses the cards to share everything from an abstract thought to a joke, but this one was a tad more topical than usual.

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News Roundup: Another 'Big Bang Theory' Star Gets a Raise, 'Gossip Girl' Benches Taylor Momsen and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 23rd 2010 12:15PM
Simon HelbergAnother 'Big Bang Theory' star is getting a raise.

After Simon Helberg's co-stars Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons successfully negotiated major raises for their hit CBS sitcom this summer, the actor decided to get one for himself.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Helberg bumped his salary from $40,000 an episode to around $125,000. He entered negotiations along with fellow supporting series regular Kunal Nayyar in September after their co-stars struck their lucrative deal, but Nayyar has yet to secure a payday for his role on the show. Deadline reports that Nayyar is currently making around $25,000 an episode, and if a deal is not reached soon the negotiations will be tabled until the summer.

In other TV news ...

After next week's episode, Taylor Momsen will go on an "indefinite hiatus" from 'Gossip Girl.' The notoriously uncooperative 17-year-old actress will supposedly be gone for "creative reasons." [Deadline]

'Grey's Anatomy' creator Shonda Rimes said the upcoming musical episode will be a Callie-heavy story. It'll allow Tony winner Sara Ramirez to show off her pipes, but also feature other actors singing. "You will be very surprised to discover that some people sing quite well. ... Also, some people won't be singing because it doesn't go with the story." [TV Guide]

Chuck Lorre said he built 'Two and a Half Men' around Charlie Sheen because he needed someone who could play a "degenerate." "He's a worker amongst workers," Lorre said of Sheen. "His personal issues don't come onto the stage, and he's been a good partner for a long time." [The Hollywood Reporter]

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News Roundup: 'Big Bang Theory' Creators Receive Scientific Honors, Lisa Oz Working on New Talk Show and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 8th 2010 12:10PM
Chuck Lorre, Bill PradyChuck Lorre and Bill Prady, co-creators of CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory,' have been bestowed honorary membership to the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science.

See, it pays to be geeky. According to Variety, 'Big Bang Theory' stars Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar will accept the honors on behalf of their producers.

"We are honoring Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady and the entire 'Big Bang Theory' team for creating a television program that seamlessly melds science and everyday life," Bruce Gitelman, president of RCI, said in a statement. "The program exposes the public in an entertaining way to the awe and wonder of science and life in general. As the number one series in Canada today, it not only makes science accessible to the public but also entertains many practicing scientists."

In other TV news ...

'The Walking Dead' is being adapted into a series of novels. The comic book series by Robert Kirkman, which has already been adapted into a new AMC series, will also be translated to three novels. Kirkman will outline the series to be written by Jay Bonansinga. The books will take place in the universe established in the comic series. [Deadline Hollywood]

Max Weinberg had to quit 'Conan' because of heart problems. The drummer said reason helped him make his decision not to join Conan O'Brien on his new show. Well, that and his love for living in New Jersey. [Fancast]

Dr. Oz's wife is getting her own talk show. Lisa Oz is filming a pilot with Sony Television about relationship issues. [Hollywood Reporter]

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'Mike & Molly' Series Premiere: Plus-Sized Laughs? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 21st 2010 5:13AM
'Mike & Molly'It's always nice if you have a great story about how you first met to tell the kids later. 'Mike & Molly' (Mon. 9:30PM on CBS) have a long way to go before they reach that stage of the relationship but they've definitely got a story to tell.

Creator Mark Roberts and executive producer Chuck Lorre ('Two and a Half Men,' 'The Big Bang Theory') wanted to present a comedy that more accurately reflected the America we see outside our windows rather than the one reflected back to us from our televisions.

Enter Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) and Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy), two overweight singles who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.

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'The Big Bang Theory' and Sheldon's 'Specific and Unique' Relationship - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 28th 2010 5:02PM
Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar of 'The Big Bang Theory' at the Summer 2010 TCAs
It's interesting how things change quickly at the press tour. Not that long ago, the cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' came to the tour eager to convince the critics that their show was worth watching.

Now, three years later and with ratings that put them on par with 'Two and a Half Men' as the most popular comedy on TV, the group that sat before the critics this morning displayed a new degree of confidence.

Not cockiness, mind you; this is a group that knows it has a good thing going. Co-creator Chuck Lorre, despite the fact that the show has had four different timeslots in four years, called last season and its ratings surge "remarkable."

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CBS Orders New Show From 'Two and a Half Men' Creator

by Scott Harris, posted May 14th 2010 11:40AM
First he brought us the hilarious romantic misadventures of two wildly opposite brothers and a snarky kid. Then he reminded America that it's okay to make fun of nerds. Now producer Chuck Lorre has set his sights on his next groundbreaking comedic target: fat people.

Yes, get ready for more sitcom magic, as CBS has unofficially given the greenlight to Lorre's latest project, 'Mike and Molly,' which according to Entertainment Weekly is a "romantic tale about an overweight police officer" and a "pleasantly plump gal" who end up meeting at, you guessed it, Overeaters Anonymous.

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Why Charlie Sheen Must Return to 'Two and a Half Men'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 7th 2010 1:03PM
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My colleague Danny seems to think that Warner Brothers and CBS should show Charlie Sheen the door and let him leave the series, even though the network and production company are committed to two more years of 'Two and a Half Men.' And my other fellow TV Squadder Jason has kiddingly suggested seven characters who could fill Sheen's shoes. Well, to paraphrase the words of Dan Aykroyd on 'Saturday Night Live,' they are both ignorant sluts!

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Deciphering the Charlie Sheen 'Two and a Half Men' Situation

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 2nd 2010 2:01PM
charlie_sheen_two_and_a_half_men_cbsIt was a shock to read yesterday that Charlie Sheen was reportedly not going to return to 'Two and a Half Men' next season. Could it be true that the star of CBS's top sitcom was ready to walk away from nearly a million bucks an episode because he was ready to "move on?"

Hmm... interesting. If Charlie is well enough to move on to other things, then why isn't he well enough to complete his run on 'Two and a Half Men?' Yes, the mixed signals are as difficult to read as smoke signals.

On one hand, if Charlie Sheen is really so damaged by his personal issues -- domestic upheaval, overzealous partying, the pre-emptive entry into rehab, the sober coach on set to counsel him during his return -- how would he be ready to move on? And if he can't work anymore even with all the help he's getting from the network and the production company, not to mention cast and crew and producers, could he do better elsewhere?

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Melissa McCarthy Lands in New Lorre Comedy Pilot

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 28th 2010 11:15AM
melissa_mccarthy_abc_samantha_whoLooking into future for CBS comedy, it seems likely that Chuck Lorre will be a part of it. He's already the key component in the success of 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Two and a Half Men,' so chances are the Tiffany network would like to see what he has in store next. That will probably be 'Mike and Molly,' a pilot that is currently in production starring Billy Gardell as a fat, charming cop who meets the girl of his dreams at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.

The girl, Molly, is going to be played by Melissa McCarthy. The fact that Melissa McCarthy will be in 'Mike and Molly' has made me want to watch it. How great is it that Sookie from 'Gilmore Girls' is getting the star turn! For fans of 'Gilmore Girls,' Sookie was always an adorable sidekick to Lorelai, and Melissa McCarthy was wonderful in the role. She was equally kooky and lovable on 'Samantha Who?' as Dena. I have no doubt that she's going be be terrific on 'Mike and Molly.'

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Only 22 Eps for 'Two and a Half Men' This Year

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 23rd 2010 10:00PM
jon_cryer_charlie_sheen_two_and_a_half_menToday was the day for CBS and Warner Brothers to get the bad news about how Charlie Sheen's rehab has affected 'Two and a Half Men.' Instead of 24 episodes as planned, Chuck Lorre announced that there will be only 22 episodes of 'Two and a Half Men' this season.

The original plan was that Warner Brothers would deliver 24 episodes of the top-rated sitcom to CBS, a plus because the more they make, the more revenue is generated. That's not just this year, but syndication, as well.

Unfortunately, the reality is that Charlie Sheen's personal life and the fact that he was compelled to go into rehab has cost everyone involved a lot of money. Hell, as one of the highest paid actors on television, this action has cost Charlie Sheen almost $2 million in salary alone!

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Will Charlie Sheen's Legal Troubles Muck Up CBS's Fall Sked?

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 18th 2010 10:01AM
charlie_sheen_two_and_a_half_men_2009When the TV executives meet the media at the annual CBS upfront presentation in May, there will be certainty and uncertainty when it comes to the Monday night sitcom anchor 'Two and a Half Men.' The certainty is that it will be in the line up because it was renewed for three years in 2009. The uncertainty is if Charlie Sheen will be on 'Two and a Half Men' in the face of his felony charges in Colorado.

There are implications beyond the obvious question of Charlie being there to do 'Two and a Half Men.' He's one of the highest paid actors on television -- approximately $20 million a season -- which accounts for a big chunk of the operating budget. Whether he's on air or written out for a while, he has to be paid.

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Review: The Big Bang Theory - The Psychic Vortex

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 12th 2010 4:00AM
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(S03E12) The TCA panel for CBS was on Saturday, and Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre brushed off talk of a Penny/Sheldon hookup by basically saying that Sheldon is asexual. He's chosen not to play the relationship game at all, and the writers aren't planning on changing that. This is quite evident in this week's episode, as Sheldon meets a lady who totally wants to do it to him, and he instead spends the night in Leonard's room accompanied by his Green Lantern lantern.

Despite the fact that Leonard and Wolowitz are double dating and Raj is trying very hard to find a girlfriend (who he will never be able to talk to? I'm still a little confused as to how that would work), Sheldon remains perfectly content to backup all of his data and reinstall his operating system. And since it's Sheldon and not Wolowitz we're talking about here, that's not even a euphemism for anything.

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Chuck Lorre: Charlie Sheen is the "consummate pro" - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 9th 2010 1:40PM
Charlie SheenMore news bits from the Langham Huntington in Pasadena. Chuck Lorre and his two show runners, Lee Aronsohn of Two and a Half Men and Bill Prady of The Big Bang Theory were on stage discussing their shows. Inevitably -- though not right off the bat -- a question about Charlie Sheen came up.

Lorre starts by asking, "What happened with Charlie...?" before saying that Sheen reported for work as usual last week, after being arrested in Las Vegas Colorado on domestic violence charges over the holidays, and that they had one of their best tapings ever.

"Charlie's a consummate pro," said Lorre. "He shows up and delivers."

During the post-panel reporter scrum, Lorre seemed non-plussed by the events reporters' curiosity over Sheen's return to the set, often shrugging his shoulders as if to say, "why are you guys asking me about this?" Sheen showed up, they had a good week, and it's business as usual. That's it. I guess any chatter that was on the set that week will be kept private.

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