“The next is a real story. Apart from slicing the boring shit and making up a bunch of stuff, this actually occurred.”
So opens Intercourse, Medication and a Sitcom, a wild TV pilot script written by über producer Chuck Lorre concerning the tumultuous time he spent steering the ship at Two and a Half Males. The collection starred, in fact, Charlie Sheen, then one of many highest-paid actors on TV, earlier than he was fired in 2011 after publicly attacking Lorre, whom he attacked with antisemitic insults and known as a “turd” and a “clown.”
The script, obtained by THR, is dated June 15, 2022. In keeping with a supply, Lorre shopped it round city however didn’t set it up — although there’s little doubt it dropped a number of jaws with its raucous, no-holds-barred account of what (probably?) went on behind the scenes.
After opening with a fired-up Sheen being interviewed by Matt Lauer on NBC’s As we speak — a chyron identifies Lauer as “NBC Information anchor, again when he was nonetheless getting laid at work” — the pilot then goes again in time “9 years earlier than all of it was a septic clusterfuck” to inform the story of how Two and a Half Males got here into existence.
Casting would’ve been attention-grabbing on condition that the pilot’s real-life characters embody a bevy of stars (in flashback scenes) from such earlier Lorre collection as Roseanne, Cybill, Grace Underneath Hearth and Dharma & Greg, plus trade figures like former Warner Bros. Tv chairman Peter Roth (described as a hugger) and ousted CBS boss Les Moonves (“essentially the most highly effective man in tv and a naughty, naughty boy,” per a chyron).
It’s not recognized who Lorre would’ve wished to play himself, although onscreen textual content on the finish makes it clear how he needs to be characterised: “On this telling of the story, Chuck Lorre is portrayed as witty and sympathetic. There’s one other model the place he’s smug and insecure. Anyone else can write that one.” Finish scene.
Neither WBTV nor Lorre supplied a remark at press time.
This story first appeared within the Nov. 21 challenge of The Hollywood Reporter journal. Click on right here to subscribe.