Monday, September 13, 2010
Chuck Lorre's Vanity Cards.
You'll see cards like these at the end of Chuck's shows. Have you ever read any of them?
I have. Some of them are okay, I guess. I have laughed at them. At least twice anyway.
However, most of the time his cards fall in to one of these categories: 1) childish 2) lame 3) Chuck passes the buck 4) Chuck blames others 5) Chuck tells us how he wants to win an Emmy award some day. (FYI, he hasn't won one)
I have been thinking about this 'winning an Emmy thing' and Chuck's vanity cards pretty much give us the answer to why he hasn't won and likely will never win one.
Lack of talent is obviously the biggest reason.
But his ultimate nail in the coffin is him choosing to write those cards in the first place. He shows us that he's not that interested in storytelling.
That is because every second that he spent on writing a vanity card he could (and should) have spent on making those scripts a little bit better.
Because in the end, the only thing that matters is the quality of those scripts. Nothing else matters. It's that simple.
By the way, here's another way to end an episode. By David E. Kelley:
In that clip we have Kelley's now late grandmother telling us how his grandson sucks when she says 'you stinker". Pretty funny, if you ask me.
Does it really surprise anyone that Kelley has won 10 Emmy awards and Lorre hasn't won a single one?
What a difference in attitude between these guys. Kelley says "the buck stops here" while Lorre says "wanna hear a dick joke?".