Magazine article ADWEEK

Creator of the Year: Chuck Lorre He's Been on a 20-Year Winning Streak with No End in Sight Because 'I Love What I Do.'

Magazine article ADWEEK

Creator of the Year: Chuck Lorre He's Been on a 20-Year Winning Streak with No End in Sight Because 'I Love What I Do.'

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Don't let his impressive resume fool you. Yes, Chuck Lorre has created or co-created hit sitcoms like Grace Under Fire, Dharma and Greg, Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory during the past two decades, but just because the writer-producer gets a show on the air doesn't mean he has cracked the code of what makes that series tick. "It takes a while to figure out what you're doing," says Lorre. "I didn't know what Mom was for about two years. I didn't find out the tone and the nature of the ensemble on Bang for a couple of seasons. We were hunting and pecking in the dark, trying to figure out, what is this? It's fun, but it's also unbelievably stressful, because if you guess wrong, the show's over."

Lucky for him, and for the outlets that air his shows, Lorre--Adweek's TV Creator of the Year--almost always guesses right, especially when it came to CBS' The Big Bang Theory, which ended its 12-season run in May as TV's most-watched comedy. "I sank into a severe depression when we finished," he admits. "I was really kind of lost for a coupLe of months. I had no idea it would hit me that hard. That was 12 years of my life.... And by and large, I loved almost every minute of it." It's a good thing Lorre found his way again, because even without Big Bang, his plate is overflowing. He's currently overseeing four TV shows: three CBS sitcoms (Mom, now in Season 7; Big Bang prequel Young Sheldon, back for Season 3; and freshman entry Bob Hearts Abishola) as well as Netflix's The Kominsky Method, which returns for Season 2 on Friday. …

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