Charlie Sheen, Chuck Lorre, and the Dangers of Vanity (Cards)

Blog: 02.25.11

Friday, February 25, 2011 - 04:34 PM

If you’ve just tuned in for the implosion of CBS’s most successful comedy, “Two and a Half Men,” you may be wondering: who’s this Chuck Lorre fellow? (Or, as Charlie Sheen would have it, "Haim Levine.")

According to Sheen, he’s the “contaminated maggot” and “clown” who created, executive produces, and writes the show.

Lorre (a veteran of several hit sitcoms including “Roseanne,” “Dharma and Greg,” and CBS’s other top comedy “The Big Bang Theory”) is also known for telling people exactly what he thinks of them -- but, perhaps, a bit more creatively.  At the end of each broadcast, following the show credits, the vanity card for Chuck Lorre Productions flashes on the screen.  If you hit the Pause button on your DVR fast enough, you can read Lorre’s weekly, 200-word rant about the network, politics, marriage, his dreams of playing for the NBA.

In a 2008 interview, Lorre told Kurt that Fox was less-than-thrilled when he started blogging via vanity cards during the run of “Dharma and Greg” – “and then they made a big deal about it when they put [the series] out on DVD.  It was now an ‘added feature!’”  He even wrote a fiery denunciation of the Golden Globes which, he believed, perennially overlooked his “Two and a Half Men” cast.  That, he says, didn’t end well.

Listen to their full conversation here:

We also got Lorre to read a title card that proved too hot for TV.

Recently, Lorre's single-frame manifestos took direct aim at Sheen's unhealthy lifestyle. (Sheen responded through the more traditional TMZ.) 

So it seems odd that now, at the height of the hullabaloo, Lorre has decided it's time to take a break from writing the cards.  Last Monday's “Mike & Molly” ended with this: "These days it seems like every vanity card is getting scrutinized and criticized by network executives, corporate legal departments and publicity departments, TV journalists and tabloid bloggers..."

Touché. But wasn't that the point?

 

TITLE: Charlie Sheen, Chuck Lorre, and Vanity (Cards)

 

If you’ve just tuned in for the implosion of CBS’s most successful comedy “Two and a Half Men,” you may be wondering: who’s this Chuck Lorre fellow?

According to Charlie Sheen, he’s the “contaminated maggot” and “clown” who created, executive produces, and writes the show.

 

Lorre has been behind a long list of hit sitcoms, including “Roseanne,” “Dharma and Greg,” and CBS’s other top comedy “The Big Bang Theory.”  And he, too, is known for letting the people know exactly what he thinks of them.   But Lorre tends to do so a bit more… creatively.  At the end of each broadcast, following the show credits, the vanity card for Chuck Lorre Productions flashes on the screen – and if you can hit your DVR button fast enough, you can read Lorre’s 200-word rant about the network, politics, philosophy, you name it.

 

Lorre told Kurt that Fox was less-than-thrilled when he started blogging via vanity cards during the run of “Dharma and Greg” – “and then they made a big deal about it when they put it out on DVD.  It was now an ‘added feature!’”  He even wrote a fiery denunciation of the Golden Globes which, he believed, perennially overlooked his “Two and a Half Men” cast.  That, he says, didn’t end well.

 

[AUDIO]

 

We also got Lorre to read a title card that was too hot for TV. (link only)

 

Given the events of the last couple weeks, I would have loved to have read this season’s final vanity cards.  Well, there’s my reason to watch Lorre’s “Mike & Molly.”

 

[SLIDESHOW]

20th Century Fox Television / Chuck Lorre Productions
Vanity card #1 from “Dharma & Greg” season 1, episode 1.
20th Century Fox Television / Chuck Lorre Productions
Vanity card #8 from “Dharma & Greg” season 1, episode 20.
20th Century Fox Television / Chuck Lorre Productions
Vanity card #11 from “Dharma & Greg” season 1, episode 23.
Warner Bros. / Chuck Lorre Productions
Vanity card #152 from “Two and a Half Men” season 3, episode 15.
Warner Bros. / Chuck Lorre Productions
Vanity card #198 from “The Big Bang Theory” season 1, episode 10.

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Comments [3]

JC Alicesun from Huntington Beach, CA

Law of three made 2 1/2 Men work based on family relationships. 2 brothers & kid, 2brothers & mom, 2 brothers & female. Stop trying to use Charlie's character as blueprint for Walden's milk-toast ch. He is smart but emotionally immature - SHOW IT - stop talking about how he made his billions. Give us a whole new cast of characters if necessary, but write to who Walden is, not Walden as a shadow of Charlie.

Oct. 12 2011 07:40 PM
Susan Jane Taylor from london

It is about my 'Omega mind theory' concept, you used it in 'The Big Bang' theory. I don't think you paid for it, I have been trying to contact Chuck Litre about it as he used it. Our Vet.

Sep. 22 2011 11:48 PM
Tony from N.Delta Canada

Hello there. Just wonder if it would be better idea to get rid off Charlies character totally as other person will never play that role the same way. Make him dead or just missing and Allan would be the main character from now on. He is good in his character.

Jul. 13 2011 11:54 PM

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