Michael J Fox
The broadcast networks are desperate for your attention. They know that you're overwhelmed with their programming and distracted by cable, the Internet and now even streaming services. Plus, they didn't produce a new major hit this season, and their ratings are suffering for it.
That's why this year's crop of nearly 100 series pilots at the five networks (48 comedy and 50 drama from the five networks) is all about being big: big stars, big producers, big concepts.
Allison Janney has been cast as the mother of Anna Faris' character in CBS' Chuck Lorre sitcom pilot MOM, TVGuide.com has learned.
The Big Bang Theory has turned into a full-blown supernova. The sitcom, now in its sixth season, has been on a roll this year, posting ratings highs several weeks in a row. On Jan. 10, it crossed the threshold of 20 million viewers for the first time.
"We think it's pretty amazing," says executive producer Steve Molaro, who took over as showrunner this season from Bill Prady, co-creator of the series with Chuck Lorre. "It's an honor to have so many people watching the show." Molaro credits the sitcom's exposure in syndication — particularly on TBS, where Big Bang often tops the cable ratings charts — for boosting the CBS episodes. "Syndication has reached a lot of new people," he says. "I try not to get caught up in the numbers, but it's fun."
Anna Faris is heading to the small screen.
The actress has been cast in CBS' Mom, a new half-hour comedy pilot from Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Faris will play a newly sober single mom who tries get her life together in Napa Valley.
Angus T. Jones
Executives at Warner Bros. TV and CBS didn't see this one coming. Nor did Two and a Half Men boss Chuck Lorre. As a matter of fact, no one did.
Angus T. Jones, who has played Men's Jake Harper since 2003, had always been a mild-mannered young star who mostly avoided press and shunned the limelight. So when a video emerged on YouTube of the 19-year-old actor saying, "If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop. I'm on Two and a Half Men and I don't want to be on it. Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth," it stunned everyone — and became a major news story.
Charlie Sheen, Angus T. Jones
Two and a Half Men's Angus T. Jones has at least one person in his corner — and it's someone who's no stranger to stirring up controversy on the show. Jones' former co-star, Charlie Sheen, who called the CBS sitcom "cursed" this week, says the 19-year-old is welcome to guest-star on his new FX show Anger Management.
Angus T. Jones
Don't read too much into Thursday night's Chuck Lorre vanity cards at the end of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. That's the word from insiders close to the show, who are concerned that viewers and others might misread this week's cards as a response to this week's Angus T. Jones flap.
In reality, the vanity card that aired on Thursday night behind both Lorre shows is the same one that ran on Monday night at the end of Mike and Molly. That card was written by Lorre and delivered for air during the week of...
Charlie Sheen says that it's Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre's fault that Angus T. Jones bashed his own show.
"I dare anyone to spend ten years in the laugh-track that is Chuck Lorre's hive of oppression and not suffer some form of an emotional tsunami," Sheen told TMZ. "Obviously, not having been there for some time, the Angus T. Jones that I knew and still love is not the same guy I saw on YouTube yesterday."
When Chuck Lorre created Dharma & Greg in 1997, he (like all showrunners) was given a second at the end of each episode to flash a vanity card — usually a logo of the writer's production company. But Lorre decided to use the time to quietly run an essay about interference from the network.
It was the age before DVRs, so few noticed. Lorre kept on...
Chuck Lorre, the comedy titan behind hit shows Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly, has signed a new big-bucks deal that could push him into the drama series space and the film world as well. Under his new exclusive overall development and production deal with Warner Bros. TV, Lorre will remain with the studio through at least 2016.