Thursday, March 03, 2011

What they're saying in writing rooms all over town about Charlie Sheen

DISCLAIMER: What I am illustrating in this post is the type of thing that goes on in writers rooms.  If this is a sensitive subject to you I completely understand.  Don't read this.  Come back tomorrow.  Commenters are making it seem I'm personally attacking Charlie Sheen.  No.  I'm letting you inside the process.  One of my objectives with this blog is to do just that.  There are not many that do.  But sometimes that can shine a light on a darker side of the business.  If you're offended I'm truly sorry.  But trust me, the type of jokes I spell out in this post are precisely the kind (or much worse) that are currently swirling around writing rooms.  Along with horribly distasteful sex jokes.  If you have hopes of someday being on a writing staff, be forewarned that this is what you can expect.   And if you find it offensive I truly respect that but then this is not the line of work for you.  Which is fine.  If you have no desire to ever be in a writing room, then also fine, and again -- come back tomorrow. 

But remember -- comedy is subversive, comedy is dark, comedy is taking chances.  As Larry Gelbart (a man who won Peabody Awards) once said, "If you write a comedy that offends nobody than you've failed".  

I'm sorry if I may lose a few readers, but I feel it's more important and instructive to offer a real glance into the world of show business, warts and all. 


It’s the end of a long season. Every writing staff is now working on fumes. Flailing, gasping, anything to get to that wrap party. They’ve worked nights, they’ve worked weekends. They’re fried, burned out, walking zombies. They’ve hit the wall and seriously worry that they’re not going to make it till the end, even if that end is only two weeks away.

And then, just when all hope seems to be lost, a miracle. A gift from God.

Charlie Sheen.

If there was ever a topic to jumpstart a group of brain dead comedy writers, it is an insane celebrity going off the rails. Guys who only days before couldn’t write a grocery list are firing off hundreds of Charlie Sheen jokes in a single hour. It’s a beautiful thing.

They’re imagining new shows. Charlie’s Angels starring Charlie Sheen and three whores. The Cosby Show starring Charlie Sheen. Trust me, in minutes they’d pitch out the whole Charlie “Huxtable” beats the crap out of Claire episode. And I can’t even tell you the scenario they’ll cook up for the very special daddy-daughter, Charlie-Denise episode. Picture the sickest most appalling, depraved thing ever. Then use that as a starting point.

And every writing staff is doing it. Even the dramas.  Even the shows that win Humanitas and Peabody Awards.  Family Channel shows, Disney Channel shows -- it makes no difference. 

They’re also imagining what the Charlie Sheen obit will sound like. Whether the chapel where they hold the service will be trashed because “that’s the way Charlie would have wanted it”. Who will deliver the eulogies, and just what those eulogies will be. “Chuck Lorre couldn’t be here but asked us to read this vanity card instead.” “Hi, my name is Dee Dee Mounds, I only have a few minutes because I’m due back on the set for a gangbang scene but I just wanted to say Charlie always paid in full, never left bruises, and everytime I see a butt plug I will think of you, Charlie”. Priest: “Thank you, Ms Mounds. Now let’s hear from his father”. That sort of stuff only much much worse.

They’re also organizing pools. Who will Charlie kill first? And when?

They’ll do impressions of his lawyers, his ex-wives, his hookers, Charlie as Gaddafi, Charlie getting advice from O.J., Charlie on Oprah, Charlie on THE VIEW, Charlie on Dr. Drew, Charlie as contestant on DANCING WITH THE STARS.

They’ll be jokes on Paula Abdul marrying the wrong Estevez. There’ll be fix-ups with Bret Butler, Sarah Palin, and Amy Winehouse.

There will also be some writers that are taking his side. Those are the writers who have been fired by Chuck Lorre somewhere during their career.

The end result is that it will get the comedy juices flowing again and the writers will get that much needed second wind (although at this point in the season it’s more like their seventh wind) and will make it to the coveted finish line.

So on behalf of all working writers – thank you Charlie Sheen – not only for your colorful public unraveling, but for waiting until the end of February to have it. You may be a fucking loon and possible serial killer but at least you’re a considerate one. Actors always say they appreciate writers, but very few, like you, really show it.  I salute you, you psychopath knucklehead.

66 comments:

Rory Wohl said...

Ken,

Back when Jim Parsons won the Golden Globe, you blogged "Notice that Jim Parsons forgot to thank Chuck Lorre?"

Give that comment and the Sheen-Lorre feud, what's the deelio with Lorre?

Some article I read quoted a "Hollywood insider" saying:

"In Chuck Lorre’s case, I know several people who have worked with him and they all say that he makes great shows, his productions are well-run and the production process with him is a creative and collaborative one."

Is that showbiz speak for "He's a jerk, but he's powerful and I don't want to tick him off?"

Thanks!

Eduardo Jencarelli said...

Ever notice the writing credits for Two and a Half Men?

Most of the writers get credited for 90% of the episodes each season. Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn always get story credit, and people like Don Foster, Susan Beavers and Eddie Gorodetsky almost always get co-credited in the final draft. Even newcomers like David Richardson get a lot of individual episode credits.

I once heard it's a very much collaborative process, as the writers actively work on-set alongside the actors to spice up the script. Given how stage-oriented Two and a Half Men tends to be, this approach seems to work in terms of collaboration.

Mike Barer said...

I remember the days of long ago when everyone would wait on pins and needles for the monologue on the late night talk shows. Now nobody seems to care about them.

Lou H. said...

Aren't the shows they're writing now going to be aired in mid-May? What are the chances that Sheen will no longer be news by then? And isn't there the risk that these jokes fall flat when the shows run in syndication a few years from now?

Tim W. said...

Lou H.

I don't think Ken was saying that the writers will be USING the Charlie Sheen jokes on their shows. Just that having Sheen unravelling the way he has gives the writers creative fuel to write the jokes they were having trouble with before.

Trevor from Ontario said...

Seems Charlie's rants have a multiplying effect. Ken, you're normally witty and fun. Sure, you fire the occasional stinger, but they seldom seem malicious (okay, your airlines rant may be an exception.)

I usually flip to your site for a morning insight and chuckle to go with my coffee. Hm. The coffee tastes a little bitter today.

kent said...

A modest proposal for "Two and a Half Men".

In the season opener we learn that Charlie's lifestyle has finally caught up with him and he has passed on in some amusing way, leaving everything to Alan and Jake.

Shortly thereafter Judith sends Herb packing and, having nowhere else to turn, he moves in with Alan. A new "Odd Couple" is born and peace returns to CBS.

Jon J said...

Kent has the ticket! Wish CBS had the Co-jones to do it.

VP81955 said...

Somewhere, someone is conjuring up an alternate universe where Charlie Sheen takes control of Libya and Qaddafi gets a starring role on "Two And A Half Men."

Wallis Lane said...

Ken:

Has the Sheen debacle affected you personally, i. e. an endless round of Ken "Chaim" Levine jokes?

l.a.guy said...

Several years ago my wife's alcoholic sister died due to injuries sustained while being intoxicated. Her death caused a lot pain to her family, especially her 12 year-old daughter who then had to go live with the proverbial evil step-mother.

Ever since then I haven't found addiction to be a source of amusement. Sure "Crazy" Charlie is bringing this on himself, but there's always collateral damage and it's usually more tragic than funny.

Good Dog said...

Ken,

I've got to say, your daily posts usually make me laugh out loud. But this is one of the most distasteful things I've read of the internet for a long time, I'm sorry to say.

Anonymous said...

Chris Connelly has the right idea. Charlie's character dies, and his similar cousin comes in played by Rob Lowe.

KEN LEVINE said...

For anyone who is offended, I'm merely giving you an accurate account of what really goes on in writing rooms. There are no sacred cows. There are no holds barred.

If you've found this distasteful, I completely understand and apologize. But don't apply to work on a sitcom writing staff.

Bystanding said...

Charlie's not a psychopath--he's just an addict who's decompensating fast. He needs to be in treatment, not on TV.

I'm not taking his side and Chuck Lorre never fired me. Chuck did park really close to my classic Mustang one time and put a little ding in the door. No windshield note or anything. But that's in the past. I've forgotten all about it.

The thing is, Chuck Lorre and the networks: sober, powerful and with faculties intact, know how addicted Charlie is, because they've worked closely with him for years. And they've never had a problem enabling and exploiting him for profit and ratings. Now they're shocked, shocked! that he's imploding-- and hurt, hurt! that he's calling them names.

If writing rooms all over town think this is funny, I guess that's why most comedy shows are so hilarious and creative these days.

droszel said...

The other night, Craig Ferguson swore off picking on Sheen, saying it was beginning to feel like "Paying a penny at Bedlam". Apparently, in the late 1800's, you could go to Bedlam, an asylum for the "insane", pay a penny, and look at the inmates. I think you could even, for your penny, agitate the inmates to get them really riled up.

That's what this is beginning to feel like: paying pennies at Bedlam. From this post, sounds as if comedy writers were there in droves. All in the name of escaping end of season burn out.

droszel said...

You know what? After re-reading this, I think I'm going to unsubscribe for a while. This has been a great blog and a source of much laughter for me. But, I've been touched by addiction and resulting bad behavior. This post speaks to a group of people so insensitive that I need a breather.

Ben K. said...

Hey Ken,

I'm curious about what writers and showrunners think of Sheen's quotes in reference to Lorre:

“I've spent the last decade turning your tin cans into gold."

"I put a half a bil in Chuck’s pocket. So, this is the fricking thanks I get?"

Do they see that as just more of Charlie's lashing out, or as particularly odious examples of the view many stars hold about writers?

Also, it seems as if what Sheen was angriest about at the end was Lorre's "vanity cards," in which he took (veiled and fairly tame, in my opinion) swipes at his star's behavior. (Apparently, Sheen read the cards regularly -- it's where he got the idea that Lorre was once named "Chaim.")

Do you think it was a bad idea for Lorre to write those cards -- given that they received so much more attention than, say, if he had expressed the same thoughts on Twitter?

D. McEwan said...

Guys, this column is about comedy. Not tepid stuff, the real thing, which at its best, stings. You want the Feel-Good, Nothing Is ever Anyone's Fault, Everyone's a victim, No Fault blather blog, that's elsewherere.

I found the column hilarious. If it offends you, then go away. Don't bitch at Ken for not writing his his column to suit you. Last I heard, readng it is voluntary, and free.

Nurse Ratched said...

Awwww...what a sensitive bunch.

Time for meds.

Charles H. Bryan said...

Ken, I don't know if you've answered this question before but here goes (and it seems somewhat timely):

How difficult is it to replace a popular performer on a continuing show? What were the considerations in going from Shelley Long to Kirstie Alley? And what do you think would have been the approach (if any) if Alan Alda or Ted Danson would have had to have replaced?

On the subject of offensiveness -- I was once involved with someone who had addiction/rationality problems to the point that my life was almost ruined. Maybe my perspective is different than others here, but I'm not offended and I've no plans to stop reading this blog.

Unless I get teased, which is inexcusably inhumane.

frankie said...

Thank God Ken, I don't understand all this Sheen worship. It's a little scary.

Jim, Cheers Fan said...

Shortly thereafter Judith sends Herb packing and, having nowhere else to turn, he moves in with Alan.

I've seen this suggested a lot. God knows Ryan Stiles is funnier than Charlie Sheen. A lot funnier than Duckie, too (blanking on the actor's name).

The question of offensiveness reminds me of the episode of The Comeback when Lisa Kudrow sees the writers mocking her by putting the skinniest writer in a red wig and simulating sex acts on "her". As I recall people said it was crude but accurate; Kudrow herself defended it, I think.

Anonymous said...

I spent years working in a print newsroom. The blackest, most ghoulish jokes I ever heard, told or laughed at went around that place. It was the juice that kept us going when things on fire. Often literally.

I'm pretty sure that's what's going on in writer's rooms right now. No one is writing a script about Charlie. Well, not yet, anyway. Black humor feeds the souls of beleaguered artists.

Besides, Ken issued fair warning.

John Brown said...

I watched Charlie on ABC and followed the conversation on Twitter. I completely understand the point of this post.

My favorite tweet was from a account called winniethepooh who said he had tigger blood.

Rick said...

Personally, if I were Chuck Lorre I'd have already have offered the part of Charlie's somewhat degenerate British cousin to Russell Brand...at slightly less than Sheen's per episode current salary.

The ratings would remain the same--maybe even slightly increase--and Brand would kill in the part...

And yes, Ken gave fair warning: what did the people complaining expect??

nicname said...

Thanks for this--and the disclaimer--made me feel a hell of a lot better after getting flack for posting the following "Newest TV Show--So You Think You're Delusional"-First competitors: Moammar Gaddafi and Charlie Sheen,"on my Facebook wall. " I thought it was moderately funny, others were offended.
Keep 'em coming Ken--I've been a longtime lurker and enjoy every minute of it.

Carson said...

Ken,

I have spent time in writer's rooms, most recently in one for a drama series (since cancelled), but I also have spent time in the room at a sitcom. Your accuracy is dead solid perfect. This IS what goes on in the room. For those bothered by what Ken wrote, he is also right when he suggests that if these thing offend you, you probably shouldn't try getting a job as a sitcom writer. I would extend that to dramas as well.

While that room is mostly for breaking stories and not really for retooling and pitching jokes, per se, much of the time in there was spent laughing and poking fun and anyone and everyone. And no subject is considered too taboo to giggle about.

Yes, Charlie Sheen is decompensating quickly, and as much as he has come to the conclusion that he is "special" and is "winning" whatever he thinks he's in competition for, in reality he is a textbook case of someone who has stopped self-medicating abruptly and in a manic phase. Yes, he will implode and hopefully live through it and a year later he'll be back on 20/20 on meds, contritely telling Diane Sawyer that it was mental illness and he thanks God for his family and true friends for standing by him and not letting him die. And frankly, he won't be overly upset at the jokes at his expense. After all, if you've heard Charlie joke around, his own humor includes poking at people's foibles with a stick.

Constant Writer said...

It's so unfortunate that midlife crisis has to hit some people so hard. I can't say that I've ever really loved the guy. He took over Michael J Fox's spot on Spin City. I think the only real thing he ever did that was actually decent was Wall Street. And that was only because he was less scary than Michael Douglas in that movie.
Anyway, hopefully this all blows over soon. I'm sick of seeing his mug on every web page and news channel fifteen times a day.

Roger Owen Green said...

I'm not sure I understand the distaste some of the readers expressed. Ken caveated the piece; the disclaimer is 25% of the article. I've known troubled souls like CS. In almost every business, there's black humor not for public consumption.

Sid Friedman said...

droszel...let me get your blanky for you. I guess it's night night time. Do you think anyone cares if you don't come back??

Anonymous said...

I'll keep reading. This was a great post.

Infauxtainer said...

Gadaffi: "Who is this Charlie Sheen? He is taking away my air time. Does he rule a country?" Indeed he does, Mummamar. Indeed he does.

Anonymous said...

To the best of my knowledge and for the record, folks...

** KEN ADDED THE DISCLAIMER LATER. **

I believe all comments up to and including Droszel's at 4:13 (3/03/2011) were made pre-disclaimer. Just thought I'd mention it because people coming in and reading this AFTER that time may wonder why some folks had issues when Ken seems to address those right up front. But the thing is the disclaimer in the post was only added after those initial complaints and concerns arose.

Also for the (much lesser) record I never had any issues with the post even without the disclaimer, but I can see how some would especially before. Humor based on real-life people and situations can be tricky. And humor is, of course, often quite subjective, dependent on each person's accumulated life experiences. One person's funny may often be another person's line that shouldn't have been crossed. It happens.

Additionally to be considered... Sheen is a public figure, VERY public of late, drawing much attention to himself. Now that doesn't necessarily excuse everything that's being said or speculated here or elsewhere, but on the other hand it's human nature in our modern interwebbed times to see things and react instantaneously and sometimes it's hard to tell humor from seriousness.

Personally fwiw (absolutely nothing), I think Ken addressed it all fine by adding the disclaimer, but that's just my opinion and counts for squat. Just sayin'...

DwWashburn said...

I don't quite get this. How are the sitcom writers, late night comedians, Ken, etc to blame for this whack job?

Sheen is doing this for one thing and one thing only -- publicity. And the Today Shows, the Howard Sterns, the Extras, the ABC "exclusive"s are just puppets to his ego.

I have seen Sheen's work only twice -- one in Major League I and one episode of that dreadful sitcom he took $2 million an episode for (poor tragic fellow). In each film, the wall that was behind him was acting with more enthusiasm than he was.

There was a great section of a Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror where advertising icons came to life. The way to defeat them was to ignore them. Why doesn't the press try it with this stoner?

John said...

I'd just like to see the hypothetical ninth season premiere episode script the writer's room at "Two and A Half Men" has come up. As close as they've been to the subject matter, it's probably the funniest stuff they've ever done.

KEN LEVINE said...

I'm finding this very amusing. Outcries that my disclaimer was added later. Uh, I say in the disclaimer that commenters are upset. Wouldn't that suggest I added the disclaimer to respond to the reaction?

I mention this now because I don't want anybody bringing CSI teams in.

Dr. Leo Marvin said...

droszel said...

You know what? After re-reading this, I think I'm going to unsubscribe for a while. This has been a great blog and a source of much laughter for me. But, I've been touched by addiction and resulting bad behavior.


So have I. I've seen it kill people close to me. But all the suffering they endured and caused didn't prevent them from appreciating the dark humor in their insanity. And one thing they'd never want is to be treated like a fragile piece of china.

Pat Reeder said...

I am perfectly capable of simultaneously feeling sorry for the guy for being such a train wreck and mocking him for being such an egomaniacal tool. And if you think what Ken quotes the TV writers as saying about him is too harsh, you really wouldn't last two minutes working in morning radio comedy, as I do.

(I originally quoted a sample one-liner here, but took it out for fear it would give some people the vapors.)

Comedy is rough. Wear a helmet. And be glad Michael O'Donaghue is no longer around to give you bad dreams.

Steve Schnier said...

Hi Ken,
I thought that what you wrote was hilarious - and right on the money.

Does that make me a bad person?
(Not that I care.)

Anonymous said...

I'm not offended. I enjoy your sense of humor. By Ken Levine, since I stumbled on it, is, I think, hilarious sometimes and an every day must read. In a sense, it keeps me regular :) Julie

Charles H. Bryan said...

Question: What does "NASA" stand for? Answer: Need Another Seven Astronauts.

I heard that about forty eight hours after the Challenger explosion, and I was two thousand miles away from a writer's room when I heard it in a bar from a buddy of mine. My reaction was "Oh, man, really? Already?" but I didn't condemn him.

I spent a number of years in a teacher's lounge -- the jokes get pretty sick there, too.

In this case, it's difficult to work up much sympathy for someone who was on track to make $36 million -- just this year -- and who just went from zero to a million on twitter in about one day.

Besides, William Shatner says Charlie's not crazy, so there you go.

VP81955 said...

I'm not sure I understand the distaste some of the readers expressed. Ken caveated the piece; the disclaimer is 25% of the article. I've known troubled souls like CS. In almost every business, there's black humor not for public consumption.

I'm not much for crude humor either, but something like this goes with the territory; it's human nature.

Essentially, this is a real-life "Chuckles Bites The Dust" (thankfully, no fatalities yet), and some of these folks here are as shocked as Mary Richards was. I'm waiting for the funeral (or the equivalent thereof), when they finally understand the absurdity of it all and begin laughing.

Tom Quigley said...

Too many people not understanding the difference between feeling sympathy for the guy and yet (as the human nature of comedy writers is wont to do) being able to find the humor in it on a detached level. If CS hadn't decided to make a public spectacle of himelf by his own intitiative with his phone calls and interviews, I doubt there would be half the uproar over his condition and situation. But he made himself fair game as soon as he went public -- on his own -- to the point of becoming a caricature of himself. BTW, I haven't heard nearly as much self-righteous outrage regarding the humor about Lindsay Lohan and her troubles.

joe said...

Where was the offensive part?

iain said...

"Comedy is rough. Wear a helmet. And be glad Michael O'Donaghue is no longer around to give you bad dreams."

Amen, Pat Reeder ! I get the feeling that a few posters here would most definitlely have NOT enjoyed the golden years of National Lampoon. Good humor can often be both cringe-worthy & thought-provoking, as things like NatLamps "Vietnamese Baby Book" parody proved really really well.

Anonymous said...

Considering Lorre's been through this before (Grace Under Fire), I'm guessing that he wanted to make sure that everyone knew who was in charge. And it's Charles. Which one is the question.
Sheen carries the show. He's in almost every scene and the rest of the cast isn't as funny as they are when they're working with him. Yes, he's a trainwreck, but that train's been very good to his co-workers.
When he was beating up women, CBS/WB didn't seem too concerned, but he swipes at Lorre and suddenly there's a problem?

Steve said...

"Comedy is rough. Wear a helmet. And be glad Michael O'Donaghue is no longer around to give you bad dreams."

I met him when I was 13 years old. He offered me a line of coke. I'm not kidding.

Ed Dempsey said...

Interesting post on Scott Adam's Dilbert blog about meeting Charlie Sheen on the set of "Two And A Half Men".

http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/charlie_sheen/

D. McEwan said...

"Pat Reeder said...
Comedy is rough. Wear a helmet. And be glad Michael O'Donaghue is no longer around to give you bad dreams."


I can never be other than sad that my earliest writing idol, Michael O'Donoghue, is dead. Next to Mr. Mike, every other comedy writer on earth was a pussy.

BTW, there is an EXCELLENT biography of Mike. It is titled Mr. Mike: The Life and Death of Michael O'Donoghue: From National Lampoon to Saturday Night Live, the Man Who Made Comedy Dangerous by Dennis Perrin.

So Steve, you lucky bastard, did you take Mike up on his generous offer? I never got to meet Mr. Mike, though I did meet Doug Kenney, whom I also loved, and he could not have been nicer, though he didn't offer me any coke. (But then, I was an old man of 29 at the time.)

Anonymous said...

My senior year in high school in 1973, our contemporary literature teacher gave us a copy of an "ad" in National Lampoon. It was for the Lt. Calley Save the Children Foundation.

I burst into laughter and then noticed I was the only one in the room laughing. My teacher said, "I knew you would be the first one to laugh. Welcome to the chapter on Black Humor".

Humor is dark, mean, and devastatingly funny. If you can't laugh at the darkest moments of life, you don't need to work in the entertainment industry.

sisterzip

iain said...

I had a High School English teacher who handed out O'Donohue's "How To Write Good" to the entire class.

The key to writing a good ending:

"Suddenly, everyone was run over by a truck. -the end-"

Mike Barer said...

Two and A Half would not survive with a replacement, it would be like "All In The Family" replacing Carroll O'Connor.

DLG said...

How dare you mock poor women-beating, antisemitic, crappy father of five Charlie Sheen!

Carlos M Hernandez said...

People are complaining about insensitivity in comedy writing? Really? What have I been watching for the last 29 years?

BOB said...

Ken,

I thought it was funny, and I got the context just fine.

Lighten up people. We're getting to P-C for our own good.

normadesmond said...

i'm being reminded of the scene in the joan rivers' doc when she was heckled.

"oh grow up!"

Anonymous said...

Great post. I think anybody who's been around a group of writers -- hell maybe any group of people that are expected to go a little insane -- is familiar with the dark, dark places we can all go.

I had a colleague who would laugh uncontrollably, tears streaming down her face, while we were saying the most awful things. It always happened about an hour before deadline and I swear the cruelty got us through. Minutes after we hit the deadline, she'd be crippled by waves of guilt.

Look, it's not nice to make fun of people, especially when they're hitting a special kind of rock bottom, especially when they're doing it in public.

I don't think Ken was being a jerk, just giving an example of reality.

By the way, choosing to laugh about our own pain is just as healthy as crying about it.

Greg Ehrbar said...

Wasn't sardonic humor in the face of human tragedy part of the way Hawkeye and company coped on M*A*SH?

thevidiot said...

The Network notes on the first cut of the whole Charlie Sheen debacle are in. First, they like the antagonism and juxtaposition of characters but the wonder if there is a way to make Charlie "more sympathetic?" Rather than just lashing out, perhaps he could turn his anger into a competition... perhaps he and Chuck could face off in a kitchen filled with cream pies? Standards needs the script held to a strict five expletive limit and would like a short lesson on the evils of drug and substance abuse inserted in Act 2. They also want to know how you plan to end this thing?

RJ Battles said...

I love this blog and I'm thankful to Ken Levine for writing it.

I had to laugh when I saw some of the comments here (like the guy who thought that the writers were actually gonna use the Charlie Sheen jokes on their shows, and the "bitter coffee" guy), but one post in particular really bothered me.

With Charlie Sheen, this isn't a case of picking on some poor troubled addict; it's reacting to a dickwad who has gone on a media-blitz to publicize his mania the same way that another actor might promote an upcoming summer release.

A blog is a take-it-or-leave-it situation. You can respond and agree or disagree, but basically, the blog writer works hard to provide content- free of charge- and, in general, it's done in the spirit of goodwill.

It's fine to express your disagreement with a particular post. But I don't like the way that Droszel tries to act superior and suggest that Ken Levine and the blog readers are callous and depraved.

I don't know what's funnier: Droszel saying he's gonna un-subscribe- as if it's some big punishment- or, him saying that he'll un-subscribe "for a little while"- suggesting that he's big enough man to give Levine a second chance once Droszel has taken his much-needed breather.

hapkidokid said...

Sheesh, what a bunch of WATB. I loved the insight, thanks.

Tim said...

Ken thanks for the disclaimer, but what you wrote was a little tamer then I expected. I must hang with a bunch of want to be tv writers.

diane said...

I just read the funniest thing ever about the latest in the Charlie Sheen saga. Anthony McCartney writing for Entertainment Weekly - "The lawsuit includes several references to Lorre's ego and claims the veteran television producer of shows such as "Roseanne" and "The Big Bang Theory" has trouble managing top-tier actors.

"This dispute is not the first time that Lorre has had problems working with major television stars, including Roseanne Barr, Cybill Shepherd, and Brett Butler," the complaint states."

So now it's Chuck Lorre's fault that the above mentioned actors are over-rated, mean-spirited, etc.?????

Anonymous said...

I can't decide what is funnier? Ken's original post or the over the top reactions to it. Sometimes you have to go to dark places to get at the funny.

Chazza said...

I'm a little late to this - England, you know. Miles away. But comedy hurts. It wounds; it humiliates and belittles. Great, isn't it?