NAB: Chuck Lorre "Can't Wait" to Try Comedy In Virtual Reality

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The creator of 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Two and a Half Men' was inducted into the NAB Hall of Fame on Monday at the NAB Show.

Chuck Lorre, one of Hollywood’s most prolific producers, talked about television and new distribution platforms Monday when he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but he became the most animated when asked about the potential of virtual reality.

“I can’t wait to try and figure out a way to put the viewer in the middle of a comedy situation,” the creator of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men told The Hollywood Reporter of the 360-degree immersive environment. “That would be remarkable, that staggering technology. I tried the Oculus Rift — it’s fantastic. I’m really excited about virtual reality. It changes everything.”

Lorre declined comment on his announced pot comedy or other upcoming projects, but said of new distribution models, “There are more opportunities for everybody; never before have there been more avenues in which to tell a story. It’s an extraordinary time for creators, actors and directors to hopefully get their stories in front of an audience.”

Network television, of course, brings with it more rules. “TV is a tighter environment to work with, but you just work with it. … I could see myself taking advantage of [other platforms], probably to the point of hurting myself,” he said with a chuckle.

During his acceptance speech at NAB, Lorre said, “Television has allowed me to do what I love, make people laugh … even if censorship and the FCC has sometimes sucked the life out of it, or a few actors occasionally behaved, let’s say, inappropriately. It was still a wonderful journey.”

He added that there are many halls of fame, even an "asshole hall of fame," where he suggested they might "hang portraits of Donald ...” and after a long pause and laughter, he completed his sentence with “Duck.”

The producer added that he grew up watching a limited number of channels on a black-and-white TV, and when he finally got the chance to make television, “I decided every second was an opportunity to entertain, every second was precious. I tried to use these seconds to entertain.”

Also during the luncheon, Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee; True Jackson, VP; Grease Live) accepted the NAB TV Chairman's Award with some heartfelt remarks. Noting that she started with "big dreams," but was "small," she said the award goes to her family "for seeing what I could do with my gifts."

She said that everyone brings with them special gifts, adding, "I'm here to use my use my platform to say the only thing that separates people from their dreams is perspective."