Chuck Lorre: From Songwriter to Showrunner
You probably know that Chuck Lorre is the co-creator of Two and a Half Men, Mike and Molly, and The Big Bang Theory. You may not know that he also wrote the Debbie Harry song, "French Kissin' in the U.S.A." and co-wrote the theme song to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He is a man of many talents.
Lorre got his start in television with DIC Animation and Marvel, working on shows like Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats and Muppet Babies, and soon segued into sitcoms, writing for Charles in Charge, My Two Dads and Roseanne. He also co-created Dharma & Greg and Grace Under Fire. In his 2012 Archive interview, Lorre reflects on his career and offers some advice to aspiring writers:
Lorre was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame at the March 1st ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel, joining performers Vivian Vance and Bill Frawley, executive Michael Eisner, executive producers Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray, host Mario Kreutzberger (aka Don Francisco), and lighting director Bill Klages as the newest inductees. Watch Chuck Lorre's full three-hour Archive interview here.