Chuck Lorre, who co-created the show with Bill Prady, has at times seemed like he’s single-handedly keeping the traditional multi-camera sitcom alive. In addition to producing “Two along having a Half Men,” another huge hit for CBS, his credits include the returning “Mom,” as well as earlier shows like “Cybill” along with “Dharma & Greg.”
Despite his experimentation having a different form of storytelling, Lorre said he’s been around long enough to see the sitcom pronounced dead before — such as when “Friends” signed off 15 years ago — only to see which rise again. along with he continues to operate in which realm, including a brand new CBS series, “Bob ❤️ Abishola,” which reunites him with “Mike & Molly” star Billy Gardell.
“I’ve been doing This specific long enough to know I’ve heard the bold statement which ‘This specific is usually which. This specific won’t happen again’ many times,” he told CNN. “along with which does. So humility would likely suggest which generating a blanket statement, which This specific is usually the end, is usually probably foolish.”
Even in a streaming age, Lorre sees value inside the format, which he has described as like producing a little play every week.
“I don’t see any reason to walk away by the four-camera show,” he said. “which’s a valid way to tell a story. When you’re at home watching television, you’re not counting cameras. You’re either entertained or you’re not.”
Lorre conceded which he faced a “sharp learning curve” in producing single-camera shows, as well as producing for Netflix, where all the episodes become available at once. On the plus side, there were no limitations about episode length, no writing to commercial breaks (usually pharmaceutical ads these days, he quipped) along with no restrictions on language. “You feel like if you need to use a certain word, which word’s available to you,” he said.
The main difference, Lorre said, is usually which a studio audience provides comedy writers instant feedback as to how well their jokes are landing, noting which “their silence is usually the sound of failure.”
As a result, sitcoms are often rewritten on the fly when material isn’t working. The absence of an audience thus forces writers to rely on along with be more trusting of their own judgment.
Regular watchers of “Big Bang” along with Lorre’s different shows know which he shares his thoughts — about everything by politics to growing older to random observations — on his vanity cards, penning short messages which viewers (those with DVRs, anyway) can freeze along with read.
Lately, Lorre’s cards have taken a rather somber turn, reflecting his distaste for the Trump administration along with concerns about the direction of the country.
Lorre said there’s a certain level of “cognitive dissonance” between his job — trying to make people laugh — along with his general mood along with broader concerns.
“There has been a pall lately,” he said. “You drive to Burbank every day to write along with produce comedy, along with there’s This specific foreboding sense which This specific country is usually in dire jeopardy, along with I’m going to go write a sitcom today.”
Still, even with “The Big Bang Theory” fading to black, for Lorre, the beat, along with the jokes, go on.
“The Big Bang Theory” finale airs May 16 at 8 p.m. on CBS. The series is usually produced by Warner Bros., like CNN, a unit of WarnerMedia.