Monday, March 14, 2011
Lessons from the cancellation of Two And a Half Men.
I think this incident shows how important it is for everyone's well-being that the showrunner delivers quality scripts for the show.
I think it also shows what may happen when the star (actor) of the series is more talented than the showrunner himself.
It's not exactly a secret that 2 1/2 Men has been pretty awful since season three. It's not a secret either that Charlie Sheen is more talented than Chuck Lorre.
I doubt anyone saw this incident coming. But it shouldn't surprise us that the target here is Lorre and the person making accusations is the guy from Platoon.
The lesson here is that if you're a showrunner and your star starts calling you a hack, you'd better be prepared.
The best defense you can think of is very easy and simple.
Don't be a hack.
It solves so many problems at once.
Just don't be a hack.
the cast will be happy.
The crew will be happy.
The network will be happy.
The audience will be happy.
Even members of the academy are going to be happy.
Only thing you need is : don't be a hack.
The problem with Chuck Lorre is that he doesn't have a defense.
Which is to not be a hack.
Now, I'm not saying that it solves your every problem as a showrunner but it certainly is a good start.