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Chuck Lorre, the co-creator of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, has inked a new four-year deal with Warner Bros. TV, which produces all of his hit shows.
According to Deadline, the deal, which was just finalized Wednesday, will focus on his television work, but will also include any future feature films, which would be produced at Warner Bros. Pictures. His future TV projects with Chuck Lorre Productions, WBTV and Warner Horizon TV will also include potential drama projects for cable and network TV.
The deal also means that Lorre will stay on as executive producer for The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men and Mike & Molly, which have all been sold in syndication and air on CBS.
“Chuck Lorre is the quintessential comedy writer-producer of our time, the most successful creator/showrunner of the last 25 years in this business," WBTV president Peter Roth said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “We are so incredibly excited -- and honored -- to be continuing our partnership with him. Chuck has had a profound impact on Warner Bros. Television over the last 12 years, and we look forward to a long and successful future relationship.”
Lorre has worked with WBTV since 2000 and has known Roth since he was at 20th Century Fox TV. Even before joining WBTV, Lorre created hits like Dharma & Greg and Grace Under Fire and was a writer and producer on Roseanne.
Lorre’s shows drew impressive numbers last season. Two and a Half Men’s first episode with Ashton Kutcher drew record numbers, while Big Bang consistently drew better numbers than American Idol. Mike & Molly also did well, thanks to star Melissa McCarthy’s recent Emmy win.