subscribe
notify of
5 Comments
oldest
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
view all comments
Bluejay
Bluejay
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 10:17pm

Apparently there are limits:
https://www.yahoo.com/tv/thomas-gibson-fired-criminal-minds-171655832.html

Though it remains to be seen what happens to his career after this.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Bluejay
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 3:28pm

He wasn’t particular a big star or anything, though.

Danielm80
Danielm80
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 10:51pm

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.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Danielm80
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 3:28pm

And I bet those shows weren’t as popular as the ones starring Barr and Shepherd. :-)

Dr. Rocketscience
Dr. Rocketscience
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 5:05pm

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.