October 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm #304775
Chuck Lorre To Receive Producers Guild’s Norman Lear Award
By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 9:54am PDT
The Producers Guild of America will honor writer/producer Chuck Lorre with its 2014 Norman Lear Award in Television, which it will present during the 25th annual PGA Awards on January 19. Lorre co-created and executive produces TV’s hit series The Big Bang Theory, Two And A Half Men and new comedy Mom. He also serves as executive producer of Mike & Molly. His previous hits include Dharma & Greg, Grace Under Fire and Cybill, and he served as co-executive producer on Roseanne. “Chuck Lorre has produced some of the most iconic television shows of our time, including ‘Dharma & Greg,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Two and a Half Men,’ just to mention a few. These series have impacted television on a level that we rarely see,” said PGA Awards Co-Chairs Lori McCreary Invictus and Michael De Luca. “In a TV landscape that often feels saturated with homogenized, interchangeable series, his distinctive voice and commitment to vivid, one-of-a-kind characters have made him one of the true mainstays of our weekly television schedule. Lorre is the definition of an iconic comedy producer and we are so pleased to honor him this year with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.” Read the complete announcement here:
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 23, 2013) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that prolific producer Chuck Lorre will be honored with the 2014 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. The award will be presented to Lorre at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
Chuck Lorre said, “Norman Lear is a legend in this business and one of comedy’s true kings. I have to admit that I’ve been tongue-tied and starstruck just standing in the same room with him. Needless to say, being associated with his artistry, much less to be honored in his name, is both humbling and inspiring — and more than a little embarrassing. I’m deeply grateful to the Producers Guild for acknowledging my work in this extraordinary fashion.”
“Chuck Lorre has produced some of the most iconic television shows of our time, including ‘Dharma & Greg,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Two and a Half Men,’ just to mention a few. These series have impacted television on a level that we rarely see,” said PGA Awards Co-Chairs Lori McCreary (INVICTUS, “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman”) and Michael De Luca (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, THE SOCIAL NETWORK). “In a TV landscape that often feels saturated with homogenized, interchangeable series, his distinctive voice and commitment to vivid, one-of-a-kind characters have made him one of the true mainstays of our weekly television schedule. Lorre is the definition of an iconic comedy producer and we are so pleased to honor him this year with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.”
The 2013 recipient of the Norman Lear Award was J.J. Abrams. Previous recipients include Don Mischer, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Lorne Michaels, Bud Yorkin, Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, David L. Wolper, Don Hewitt, Garry K. Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, Mark Burnett and Norman Lear.October 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm #304777
I’m sorry. I can appreciate his contributions to Roseanne and Big Bang. But the NORMAN LEAR award??? Really?October 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm #304778
He loses points for Dharma & Greg in my eyes. Yes, I know the
board’s feeling on most of his other shows, but D&G was
unforgiveable for me haha (Love BBT and Mom grows on me each week)October 24, 2013 at 9:30 am #304779
You know, looking back at his history, it’s amazing how many train wreck stars he’s had to deal with: Roseanne, Cybill Shepherd, Brett Butler, Charlie Sheen and (to a lesser extent) Angus T. Jones. Wonder if it’s something he does or just bad luck?November 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm #304780
Should we use this thread for this year’s PGA Awards? 24Emmy, could you rename it please?
The nominations will be announced on December 3.
The eligibility period is the same as the Emmys: June 1, 2012 – May 31, 2013.
For Drama Series, I think they will nominate five of the six Emmy nominees: “Breaking Bad” (can it possibly lose?), “Homeland”, “Game of Thrones”, “Mad Men” and the last slot is between “House of Cards” and “Downton Abbey”. Producers (along with writers) have been very excited about the new world of opportunities Netflix represents, so I guess that leaves “Downton Abbey” out.
For Comedy Series, the six Emmy nominees are the front-runners. Maybe we could add “Arrested Development” because of the Netflix and nostalgia factors. “Modern Family” is in. “30 Rock” ended in February, but it’s too loved to miss out for the first time for its final season. “Louie” is well liked and was actually nominated here last year, but will voters be surprised to see it on the ballot when it’s been off the air for so long? It’s competing for a season that aired in the summer of 2012. “The Big Bang Theory” has two nominations and huge popularity, so its chances for another nomination look good. So this leaves the last slot between “Girls” and “Veep”. I think it’s a toss-up.
What are your thoughts and predictions?December 1, 2013 at 1:57 am #304781
I agree on the drama front.
Curb Your Enthusiasm had been off the air when it was nominated last year even longer than Louie has been this year, so I do not see that hurting it. I will go with Veep, but is Girls really going to finish without a single PGA nomination? That would be weird, seeing as it already has not one, but two with the Emmys.December 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm #304782
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Mad Men (AMC)
30 Rock (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Modern Family (ABC)
American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
Behind the Candelabra (HBO)
Phil Spector (HBO)
Political Animals (USA)
Top of the Lake (Sundance)
Live Entertainment and Talk
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)December 3, 2013 at 5:37 am #304783
According to their website, the nominees will be announced on January 2.December 3, 2013 at 7:37 am #304784
^ That’s the date for films.December 3, 2013 at 8:10 am #304785
^ That’s the date for films.
My mistake 🙂December 3, 2013 at 10:27 am #304786
The usual suspects, save for…Netflix???????????????
Drama: House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones Homeland
Comedy: Arrested Development, 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Veep
Non-Fiction: 30 for 30, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Duck Dynasty, Inside The Actors Studio, Shark Tank
Competition Television: The Amazing Race, Dancing With The Stars, Project Runway, Top Chef, The Voice
Live Entertainment/Talk: The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night w/Jimmy Fallon, Real Time w/Bill Maher, SNL
Sports Program: 24/7 (HBO), Hard Knocks (HBO), Monday Night Football (ESPN), Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (HBO), SportsCenter (ESPN)
Children’s Program: Dora the Explorer, iCarly, Phineas and Ferb, Sesame Street, SpongeBob Squarepants
Digital Series: Burning Love
Epic Rap Battles of History
Lizzie Bennet Diaries, The
Video Game High School
Wired: What’s Inside
(http://video.wired.com/series/what-s-inside)December 3, 2013 at 11:03 am #304787
Wow, the reign of Mad Men is over. Even Lost, which was twice snubbed by the Emmys, never missed a PGA nomination.
I am very happy for Arrested Development.
The big shocker though is Louie, which was nominated last year even when it was snubbed by the Emmys. Getting snubbed by the PGA and then winning the Emmy later in the same year, even if for a different season—I am not sure that that has ever happened.
Girls is now two for Emmy nominations and zero for PGA. You do not see that very often.
Watch out for Veep maybe!December 3, 2013 at 11:26 am #304788
No MLB Tonight in Sports Program? Boo.December 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm #304789
“The big shocker though is Louie, which was nominated last year even when it was snubbed by the Emmys. Getting snubbed by the PGA and then winning the Emmy later in the same year, even if for a different season—I am not sure that that has ever happened.”
Are there people predicting Louie to win or something?
Hoorah for 30 Rock even months after it ended.
Duck Dynasty, really though?December 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm #304790
One shock and two big surprises.
The shock is “Mad Men” missing for the first time. It has won three times here and the PGA likes to nominate the shows it likes until the bitter end.
The surprises are the snub for “Louie” (especially after the nomination last year) and the nomination for “Duck Dynasty” (I didn’t think they would take it seriously but it is a massive hit).