After Two and a Half Men, Chuck Lorre Still Runs CBS

TIME

Last night, CBS’s sitcom Two and a Half Men hit the end of the road, wrapping up its twelfth and final season. It was the end of a sitcom that, at its peak, was world-beatingly popular, but it’s not really the end of an era. Its creator, Chuck Lorre, has seen his sensibility come to dominate CBS.

His power was proven in the 2011 standoff over Charlie Sheen’s public disparagement; Sheen, the star of the show and the seeming origin of its louche humor, was fired, and the show rolled on. Sheen was dispensable, but the show, and its creator, were absolutely not. This was really just a ratification of what already seemed apparent. By that point, Lorre’s The Big Bang Theory was a hit and Mike & Molly, which he executive-produces, had begun. Those two shows continue on CBS to this day, while a third, Mom, bears…

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