March 14, 2015 |
Sheen vs. Lorre, again, over 'Men' Who said this lovely sentence?: "To go that low and be that immature and that completely unevolved and that stupid - in my face, really? . . . You must feel safe where you live. " If you guessed Charlie Sheen talking about Two and a Half Men boss Chuck Lorre - you win! Why the ire? Because of the vanity card Lorre showed after the series' final episode: "I know a lot of you might be disappointed that you didn't get to see Charlie Sheen in tonight's finale.
November 4, 1997 |
Writer-producer Chuck Lorre, currently at the helm of the ABC comedy "Dharma & Greg" (8:30 on Wednesday nights), is taking two seconds at the end of each episode to deliver comedy material exclusively to people who tape the show. Lorre's innovation is a twist on the use of so-called vanity cards - visual displays at the end of TV shows that identify a producer's personal production company. David E. Kelley Productions ("Ally McBeal," "The Practice"), for example, animates a photo of Kelley's grandmother in a rocking chair.
April 2, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Chuck Lorre has spoken - sort of - and told viewers of the "tough time" he's endured lately. The executive producer of "Two and a Half Men" and foil to his ex-star, Charlie Sheen, on Thursday produced another "vanity card," this time at the end of his other hit comedy, "The Big Bang Theory. " Vanity cards typically simply feature the logo of a production company, but Lorre has long used them to offer sardonic and oblique musings in extremely small typeface. Lately he's used them to take shots at Sheen, who last month engaged in a bizarre war of words with his former boss.
October 4, 2014 |
Fox TV's critical and ratings hit 24 , a fast-moving espionage drama about global terrorism, premiered just two months after the Sept. 11 attacks and struck a cord with viewers. Its premise - each season would be set over one 24-hour period, with each episode moving almost in real time through a single hour. (Admittedly, it was an hour filled with about a year's worth of action.) The series owed much of its success to star Kiefer Sutherland's remarkably dynamic performance as a maverick antiterrorism federal agent, Jack Bauer, who attacks his job with such all-consuming passion he rarely bothers following protocol or the law. The show lasted for eight beautiful seasons though 2010.
April 1, 2011
WHO'S THE smartest person in the world? It's whoever can figure out the mysterious ways of network TV execs, specifically those who call the shots at CBS. Although its freshman sitcom "Mike & Molly" was the nation's 19th-most-watched program last week, according to the Nielsen ratings, as of the middle of this week, the Eye hadn't yet announced whether the series about a plus-sized couple would be renewed for the 2011-12 season. "What you learn after the fourth week is that you're not in control," philosophized Billy Gardell, who plays Chicago cop Mike Biggs in the show that co-stars Melissa McCarthy as the fourth-grade teacher he meets, and ultimately falls in love with, at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.
September 21, 2011 |
Russell Armstrong , who committed suicide last month, was a troubled and violent man, claims his estranged wife, Taylor Armstrong , in an emotional chat with Entertainment Tonight 's Nancy O'Dell . The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star said Russell was abusive. "He would grab me by one side of the hair on my head and bang the other side of my head against the car," she said in a chat that was set to air Tuesday night. The smallest things would set him off, she said.
September 19, 2011 |
ELLEN GRAY 'S TAKE on last night's Emmy Awards is on Page 40, but here's some of the celebrity drama that occurred before the show: EW.com and deadline.com report that Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") pulled out of the show after Fox cut a joke in his pretaped segment about News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch . Fox, which aired the Emmys, is owned by News Corp., and baby bear didn't want to anger papa bear. The joke was apparently about the much-publicized News of the World phone-hacking scandal, which compelled Murdoch and his son to testify before British Parliament.
November 9, 2010
M ARIE CLAIRE blogger Maura Kelly stepped in a pile of doo-doo last month with a post about CBS' "Mike & Molly" that suggested she'd "be grossed out if I had to watch two [TV] characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other," but wasn't she just reinforcing what many in Hollywood have believed about TV viewers for years? The estimated two-thirds of American adults who are overweight may be meeting and marrying - and, yes, kissing - every day, but when they watch TV they're more likely to see actors almost thin enough to fit inside their flat screens than they are to see anyone who looks like them (and isn't being screamed at by Jillian Michaels)
May 20, 2010 |
Shaking up the schedule with a Big Bang and shuffling Survivors , CBS announced a fall lineup Wednesday with five new series, including broadcast TV's first show whose name cannot be mentioned in polite society. Seeing opportunities to get some traction on Wednesday nights, always the most hotly contested when American Idol is not around, the network moved Survivor to its original 8 p.m. time slot there, after 19 installments on Thursdays at 8, where it helped CBS wrestle the ratings necklace from NBC, which had dominated the evening since the mid-'80s.
May 14, 2011 |
LOOKS LIKE Ashton Kutcher will be the second XY chromosome in the "Two and a Half Men" equation. "I can't wait to get to work with this ridiculously talented 2.5 team and I believe we can fill the stage with laughter that will echo in viewers' homes," said Kutcher in a statement. "I can't replace Charlie Sheen , but I'm going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people!" Added "Two and a Half Men" producer Chuck Lorre : "If I was any happier, it'd be illegal.