Chuck Lorre looking beyond ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Two and a Half Men’

Who would have ever thought the king of the CBS sitcom would want to venture into dramatic territory? As surprising as it may seem, that is what is happening ow with one of the people responsible for “Two and a Half Men” as well as “The Big Bang Theory” in Chuck Lorre.

In a new statement this week, it was announced that Lorre has re-upped a deal with studio Warner Bros. that includes four more years of development. The kicker? This span of time also includes the possibility of Lorre coming up with ideas for dramatic TV pilots along with even feature films through his own production company. In a statement, here is what he had to say on the matter:

“After writing and producing sitcoms for 20 years, it’ll be a welcome relief to take all the violence, insanity and human suffering from behind the cameras and put it out front,” Lorre says. “And finally, the feature component of this new deal allows me to fulfill a lifelong ambition – to have a project in ‘turnaround’.”

Without question, Lorre has had anĀ interestingĀ past year and a half. Even though he may help run two of the three most-popular comedies on television, he also was at the center of Charlie Sheen’s massive meltdown in early 2011 that led to the actor being fired from “Two and a Half Men” after eight seasons and millions of dollars in the bank. In addition, he also had to help score syndication deals for both “The Big Bang Theory” (which is a monster now five nights a week on local channels) along with the upcoming arrival of “Mike & Molly” to the format in the somewhat near future.

Do you think that Lorre’s broad appeal could work for a drama series, or do you thik that his talents are best utilized trying to make us laugh? If you want to see the first official promo for season 6 of “The Big Bang Theory,” be sure to visit the link here.

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