FROM Chuck Lorre
Chuck Lorre on 'Disjointed' and 'Young Sheldon' In the new Netflix sitcom Disjointed , Kathy Bates plays the namesake of Ruth’s Alternative Caring, a marijuana dispensary she owns and runs with her son Travis, played by Aaron Moten. He's a recent MBA grad, and with recreational weed now legal in California, he encourages Ruth and the store’s other "bud-tenders" to make a splash on social media. Travis sees franchise opportunities for the operation, but Ruth isn’t so sure. Disjointed was co-created by our guest, Chuck Lorre -- the super-producer behind some of the most successful sitcoms of the past 25 years, including Grace Under Fire, Cybill, Dharma & Greg, and Two and a Half Men. Two of his shows are still on the air today -- The Big Bang Theory and Mom, both on CBS Now, at age 64, Lorre is branching out. After decades working in broadcast, Disjointed’ is his first foray into the world of streaming. In many ways, the show feels like a traditional three-camera sitcom, filmed in front of a studio audience. But since it’s Netflix, there’s a freedom of language and subject matter that you’d never get at a broadcast network. Michael Schneider recently sat down with Lorre in his office on the Warner Brothers lot, and asked him how he found himself working on a pot comedy in the first place. Disjointed was originally conceived as a show for broadcast television, but after looking at a script, none of the networks wanted anything to do with it. Netflix, however, was totally game. Lorre talks about the new-found freedom of finally having a character be able to curse (though not too much!), and designing a show with binge-watching in mind. He also discusses his other new show airing this fall, Young Sheldon on CBS. That series, a prequel to The Big Bang Theory, is also outside of Lorre’s wheelhouse. Instead of a sitcom filmed in front of a studio audience, it’s a single-camera comedy, filmed more in the style of a movie, with no audience to offer laughter on the spot. Young Sheldon tells the story of science prodigy Sheldon Cooper as a nine-year-old growing up in East Texas, surrounded by a family that tries to support him, but doesn’t quite know how to handle his intellect. Iain Armitage plays young Sheldon, and fittingly, Jim Parsons provides the voiceover for his inner dialogue. Lorre tells us why he specifically did not want this show filmed in front of an audience and about dealing with what feels like the brutally long amount of time it takes to film a single-camera show as opposed to a multi-cam sitcom.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”