Chuck Lorre, the prolific executive producer and writer behind some of TV’s biggest comedies, will be inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame this April, Variety has learned.
The National Association of Broadcasters will induct Lorre at the 2016 NAB Show Television Luncheon on Monday, April 18, in Las Vegas.
Lorre is the co-creator and executive producer of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” TV’s #1 comedy, and the critically-acclaimed “Mom.” He also executive produces “Mike & Molly,” and previously served as co-creator and exec producer of “Two and a Half Men,” one of TV’s longest-running comedies. Lorre’s previous hits included “Cybill,” “Dharma & Greg” and “Grace Under Fire,” and he also served as co-executive producer on “Roseanne.”
“An artist in the prime of his career, Chuck Lorre is a legendary television writer and producer,” said NAB EVP of Television Marcellus Alexander. “His biting wit and memorable characters have become a part of our culture and defined an era of scripted comedies for Warner Bros. Television and CBS – comedies that remind us, on a weekly basis, of the scale and power of broadcast television.”
Last year, Lorre helped establish “The Big Bang Theory” Scholarship Endowment at UCLA to support undergraduate students in need of financial aid who are pursuing their higher education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The endowment has raised over $4 million to date, supporting a class of 20 scholars for the 2015-16 academic year, with an additional five scholars to be added each year in perpetuity.
Among numerous accolades, Lorre also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2012, he was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.