movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Fri Aug 12 2016, 12:14pm | 5 comments
Apparently there are limits:
Though it remains to be seen what happens to his career after this.
A few decades back, Chuck Lorre was the showrunner on several TV series starring famous, demanding actresses like Roseanne, Brett Butler, and Cybill Shepherd. The sets got so tense that he finally swore that, in his future career, he would work only with pleasant, easygoing actors and actresses. The actors he chose to work with included Charlie Sheen and Thomas Gibson. I’m not sure if that says anything about gender roles in our society, but it definitely qualifies as cheap irony.
He wasn’t particular a big star or anything, though.
And I bet those shows weren’t as popular as the ones starring Barr and Shepherd. :-)
Well, I think Daniel may be mistaken about Lorre’s role on “Rosanne”. He was a writer, but I AFAIK he was never head writer or showrunner. The shows starring Sheen and Gibson in question were “Two-and-a-Half Men” and “Dharma and Greg”, respectively. Both of which were more highly rated than “Cybill”, and the former was one of the most popular comedies of the 2000s (though it only broke the top 10 once).
Lorre’s most successful project – prior to the 6th season of “The Big Bang Theory” – was actually the first two seasons of “Grace Under Fire”. But it’s hard to argue that Brett Butler didn’t singlehandedly kill that show with her drug and alcohol problems.
That being said, Daniel’s point about Lorre swearing off problem actors and then working with Charlie Sheen for years certainly stands. And how Sheen managed not to singlehandedly kill “TaaHM” is a “mystery”, other than the facts that he was a) a man, and b) already Charlie Sheen when that show started.
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