If you are one of the millions of people who can't get enough of CBS' formulaic but popular sitcoms, this should be good news: Warner Bros. TV is renewing its overall deal with Chuck Lorre, creator of top-rated shows such as Two And A Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and Dharma & Greg.
In addition to a mountain of cash, Deadline reports that the company is offering him a four-year deal—usually reserved for top writer-producers like JJ Abrams and Greg Berlanti—as well as the opportunity to strike out into feature films for the first time. That's a huge turnaround from ten years ago, when Lorre's future at the studio was in doubt as he was in the final year of an expensive pact that had not produced any television series. Before his deal expired in 2003, Lorre co-created Two And A Half Men with writer/producer Lee Aronsohn and solidified his standing with Warner Bros. TV, following that hit with The Big Bang Theory in 2007 and Mike & Molly in 2010.
Prior to this, Lorre was a writer on the hit show Roseanne and created the successful sitcoms Grace Under Fire, Cybill, and Dharma & Greg. While his name was familiar to more studious followers of the television industry, Lorre was thrown into the headlines in 2011 during a very public dispute with Two And A Half Men star Charlie Sheen that ended with the out-of-control actor exiting the series and being replaced by Ashton Kutcher.
Are you looking forward to Chuck Lorre's next sitcom creation?