12:23pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Chuck Lorre, WBTV Near Deal That Includes Film Component
Chuck Lorre is near a new mega-deal with Warner Bros. Television.
The showrunner behind CBS' The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men and Mike & Molly is closing a four-year overall production and development deal with the studio that would see the prolific producer add a focus on features, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Lorre, whose previous deal with the studio expired in May, will develop feature film projects for the studio for the first time under his Chuck Lorre Productions banner, in addition to overseeing all three CBS comedies.
The pact comes a year after the Two and a Half Men EP slogged through a public parting of ways with his former star, Charlie Sheen. The series was relaunched year season for a ninth season with Ashton Kutcher replacing Sheen, premiering to record numbers in September.
This season, Men is on the move to Thursdays following Big Bang Theory, which had an impressive ratings year, besting Fox's American Idol in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic in multiple airings.
Mike & Molly, meanwhile, continues to pick up awards-season recognition for star Melissa McCarthy.
Lorre, repped by ICM Partners, is also slated to release a book featuring his popular and often controversial vanity cards through CBS Corp.'s Simon and Schuster.