February 17, 2013
Mud clings to Lorre's shows
By Jim Slotek, QMI Agency

Two and A Half Men producer Chuck Lorre attends the The Big Bang Theory PaleyFest 09 event held at the ArcLight Theaters Los Angeles, California, April 16, 2009. (Nikki Nelson/WENN.COM)

TV shows have "creators." They also have "show runners," who are often one and the same. Whatever they're called, most people couldn't name very many of them.

Controversy helps. Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Newsroom)'s Q-factor went up when he was busted for drugs while boarding a plane.

By that token, Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly) is arguably the most famous "creator" on the tube.

Just the blowback from Two and a Half Men alone made him famous. Constant diatribes by drug-crazed warlock Charlie Sheen kept Lorre in the news almost daily.