In the realm of television, where creativity is king and consistency is rare, one name shines brighter than most: Chuck Lorre. He's not just a writer, producer, and director; he's a force of nature who has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.
Lorre's journey to the pinnacle of television began in the early '80s when he toiled as a guitarist in a rock band. Little did he know that his future success would be accompanied by the sweet symphony of laughter. Fast forward to the present, and Lorre's name is synonymous with hit TV shows like Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and Mom.
Lorre has also been the man behind shows like Bob Hearts Abishola, Grace Under Fire, Mike & Molly, Young Sheldon, Dharma & Greg, and plenty more.
Simply put, Lorre is a TV legend, and his legacy is hard to match.
The Big Bang Theory is a major feather in his cap, and as the show was winding down, Lorre grew emotional saying goodbye to one of his greatest triumphs.
According to USA Today, during the show's final taping, Lorre was able to use the slate for the show's final scene. The legendary creator got more emotional than anticipated.
"I almost couldn't do it. I didn't really think that it would be difficult, but as soon as they put that thing in my hands, I started to choke. It was loaded with significance. It was the last take of 'The Big Bang Theory,'" Lorre said.
During his interview with the publication, Lorre opened up about the show's start, and just how great it was to work on.
"We stumbled out of the gate pretty hard in the beginning, and it took a while to find the voice of the show. Remarkably, we came along at a time when the audience wanted to see a show about characters that were outliers. Despite the fact that they were Caltech scientists, these were people who weren't fitting in. And that sense of estrangement is something I think people identified with," Lorre said.
Lorre was eventually asked about whether he would be happy to have the show continue, and he was brutally honest with his response.
"Absolutely. We're still having a good time, and I'm really proud of the work. And a lot of people had gainful employment. … There are many reasons to keep it going, so when you ask: Am I OK with it ending? No. I'm grief-stricken that it ended, but at the same time, I'm proud of what we did. I'm grateful that we get to do it," he said.
Lorre also noted that there was no drama on set, and that he loved working on the show. This was much different from his drama-filled time with Two and a Half Men.
Despite having a timeless career, Lorre isn't done yet.
Looking ahead, Chuck Lorre is still a busy man. Bob Hearts Abishola is coming back for a 5th season, which will likely push it past the coveted 100-episode mark. This will send it into mass syndication, and it will make Lorre a ton of money.
According to his IMDb, Lorre is the man behind the upcoming series, How to be a Bookie.
The show will even reunite Lorre with Charlie Sheen.
"How to Be a Bookie is a single-camera comedy starring Sebastian Maniscalco and will air on HBO Max (soon to be rebranded as Max). How to Be a Bookie, co-written by Lorre and Nick Bakay, follows a veteran bookie (Maniscalco), who "struggles to survive the impending legalization of sports gambling" in Los Angeles. Variety confirmed Sheen's casting, sharing that he will have a 'recurring role' on the upcoming comedy from Lorre," The Bay Onlinereported.
It's never easy saying goodbye, but given how often the show is on TV still, we're sure that Lorre is okay with how things turned out.