TV sitcom guru Chuck Lorre — whose hit “The Big Bang Theory” is ending its final season — unloaded on CBS in a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter.
Lorre reveals his top clashes with the network over casting: “There was a lot of pushback when I was doing ‘Two and a Half Men.’ They didn’t want Jon Cryer. He’d been in a series of pilots that didn’t get on the air — or, if they did, they got canceled — and he got pinned with that label, ‘show killer.’ ”
On another hit: “They didn’t want Melissa McCarthy on ‘Mike & Molly.’ A year later, she did ‘Bridesmaids’ and became a superstar.”
And he says of casting Christine Baranski in mid-’90s series “Cybill”: “She was brilliant. CBS didn’t want her. I believe the head of comedy development . . . used the words ‘death of comedy’ when discussing her.”
She landed the role — but as for Lorre, “I got about 18 episodes before I was fired.” He said, “Getting fired by Cybill [Shepherd] was another low. If I recall correctly, there was a disagreement about whether the second act worked for an episode. I dug my heels in and wouldn’t change it — and I was told not to come back. Don’t pick a fight with the star. Lesson learned.”
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