Chuck Lorre's Abandoned Emmy Speech Might Make You Hate Him And His Mid-Level Pablum A Little Less

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Chuck Lorre's Abandoned Emmy Speech Might Make You Hate Him And His Mid-Level Pablum A Little Less

By Joanna Robinson | Miscellaneous | September 27, 2013 | Comments ()


We’re awfully fond on this site of holding Chuck Lorre personally responsible for all that’s wrong with popular, subpar TV comedies. The mastermind behind Two And A Half Men, Mike & Molly and Big Bang Theory seems hell bent on peddling his sitcom opiates to the masses and oh, brother, is he good at it. I’m pretty sure he could buy and sell Walter White ten times over.

Big Bang Theory was a favorite to win going into last week’s Emmys and though I can’t cheer much louder for the ultimate victor (Modern Family), I can wring a little satisfaction out of the fact the Lorre might have the ratings and the cash but he doesn’t have everything. Not yet.

But Chuck Lorre is a human being, people, and even I had to soften a little when I saw the speech he wrote but never used. “Don’t cry?” Awwww, soylent green is people. And hey, listen, geek god Neil Gaiman likes him, so he can’t be all bad. Right?

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  • TheReinaG

    Wasn't he responsible for Dharma and Greg too? Ugggghhh

  • mb

    All my favorite entertainment sites have panned Big Bang since its inception, so I always avoided it, but I watched an episode for the first time a few weeks ago and I was pretty amused. I even watched a second episode that followed. Now I just find the level of vitriol the show gathers to be kind of puzzling.

  • Salieri2

    Some of my nerdier/geekier friends think it hits too close to home, or laughs at rather than laughs with. On the other hand, most of the vitriol I see around here seems to focus on the two-dimensional characters and the racism.

    I personally think it's wildly inconsistent, and I'm disappointed with the way the show creates fascinating characters (say Amy Farrah Fowler) and torpedoes them. She started out as Sheldon's ideal partner ("tepid water please") and devolved into a horny, panting, sexually frustrated caricature. Leonard's mom started out as a cold intellectual academic who'd had procreative intercourse twice and devolved into a horny, panting, sexually frustrated drunk caricature. Bernadette started out as a scientist with questionable professional ethics and mother problems and devolved into Howard's Other Stereotypical Jewish Mama. Leslie Winkle started out as a rational, no-nonsense pragmatist and turned into some kind of weirdly lobotomized gender traditionalist shrew. Penny's just all over the map.

    It's as if they've got good, strong, nuanced ideas to begin with, but can't carry through with any of the subtleties implied, and so they just go with what they know. There are good episodes and bad episodes, and if I had enough energy I would make a giant chart of every episode with its writers listed and try to figure out if there was a pattern so I could blame it on one particular batch of dudes.

  • Chinaski

    Say what you will about Lorre's shows, but over the years Jon Cryer has given a superb performance as Alan Harper, and Jim Parsons has done likewise as Sheldon Cooper. Anyone who denies themselves either of these performers is only hurting themselves. Great acting is great acting, no matter the source.

  • Cree83

    I think The Big Bank Theory and Modern Family are at about the same level, so I wouldn't prefer one win over the other. Both are perfectly predictable turn off your brain sitcoms with a few laughs here and there. Neither deserve a win in any fair world, but I'd actually give BBT the edge because every character on MF seems like a stock character ripped from some family sitcom from the 80s or 90s, whereas I don't see too many Sheldons, Amys, or Bernadettes in other shows. So, points for a tiny sliver of originality, I guess.

  • foolsage

    It's possible to like and respect a creator without loving his creations. I'm no fan of Lorre's sitcoms but he's clearly talented.

    That letter was damned sweet. Don't cry, indeed.

  • I don't want to be overdramatic, but that header photo feels like a betrayal.

  • Mischa

    Big Bang was great last night. 2 1/2 Men .... I turned the channel.

  • Homestar

    The pilot for Mom wasn't too bad. The audience laughter was jarring for me, since I never watch sitcoms with audiences, but Anna Faris and Allison Janney will keep me watching for a bit. I've never seen Big Bang Theory or Mike & Molly, but I hate Two and a Half Men. Despite that, I don't really care one way or the other about this guy whose name I only learned this week. He's just a part of the machine, it's the dumb masses we should be worried about.

  • TheFatling

    I was also thrown by the laugh track, but the reveal at the end that (spoiler) Anna Faris' teenage daughter is pregnant really soured me on the premise. It seemed like a bridge too far for the pilot, and although in other hands this could be the setup for a humorous and touching plotline about reproductive choice (*cough* Katims), they're just reinforcing the idea that children of alcoholics ALWAYS get knocked up as teens and continue the cycle of bad choices LOLZ.

  • Homestar

    Yeah, I'd forgotten about that. I agree with you. Now that I think about it, the daughter situation is rather annoying. If she's pregnant the premise is entirely different for the show. Oh well.

  • I couldn't even finish watching the pilot of Moms, I threw it on because of Faris and Janey but couldn't make it through.

  • gnibs

    Janey Briggs wasn't in "Mom".

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