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The Producers Guild of America announced today that prolific television producer Chuck Lorre will receive its lifetime achievement award, named for the legendary Norman Lear.
The 2014 Norman Lear Achievement Award will be presented to Lorre on Jan. 19 at Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton Hotel, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Lorre currently has four shows on the air, all of which are on CBS: Mike & Molly, Mom, The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. His past credits include Dharma & Greg and Grace Under Fire.
“In a TV landscape that often feels saturated with homogenized, interchangeable series, his distinctive voice and commitment to vivid, one-of-a-kind characters have made him one of the true mainstays of our weekly television schedule,” PGA co-chairs Michael De Luca and Lori McCreary said in a statement to Variety. “Lorre is the definition of an iconic comedy producer, and we are so pleased to honor him this year.”
Lorre said that being honored in Lear’s name is “both humbling and inspiring — and more than a little embarrassing.” He added, “I’m deeply grateful to the Producers Guild for acknowledging my work in this extraordinary fashion.”
The award has previously been presented to Tom Hanks, J.J. Abrams, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Lorne Michaels and other television legends. Lear, who created All In The Family and many others, was the first recipient.