8:20pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Chuck Lorre Releases Would-Be 'Big Bang Theory' Emmys Acceptance Speech
Prolific producer Chuck Lorre was prepared for the best possible outcome at last Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards.
The co-creator/executive producer behind The Big Bang Theory used the show's season seven premiere to release the acceptance speech he would have given had the series about a group of lovable nerds won its first best comedy Emmy.
Rather than his typical vanity card -- of which there have been more than 400 -- Lorre instead posted a photo of what he called "The Emmy Speech That Stayed in My Pocket."
In it, he reminds himself to breathe and thanks the TV Academy, the cast, the crew, new showrunner Steve Molaro, and guest star Bob Newhart, whose season six role as Professor Proton earned him his first ever Emmy win.
Big Bang Theory became TV's top scripted comedy in the key adults 18-49 demographic during its sixth season, thanks in part to syndicated repeats airing on TBS. The series has been nominated for best comedy three times, but has yet to win. ABC's Modern Family took home the prize in the category this year.
Big Bang did not go home empty-handed Sunday. Star Jim Parsons won for lead actor in a comedy, collecting his third Emmy in the category. All told, Big Bang was up for three Emmys on Sunday, with co-star Mayim Bialik losing in the supporting actress comedy category to Nurse Jackie's Merritt Wever.
Check out the would-be Emmy speech vanity card, below.