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May 28, 2008

Man on Wire


Time to stop talking smack about "Two and a Half Men?"

The sitcom's creator and longtime TV maven Chuck Lorre, (pictured here with Charlie Sheen) speaking in today's Envelope about his picks for the upcoming Emmy Awards, nails it thusly:

"One of the greatest pieces of work on TV this year or any year, consistently, has been 'The Wire.' The fact that it hasn't won every award including the Nobel Peace Prize astonishes me."

Us, too, Chuck! Us, too!

Lorre's rep as a darn decent guy precedes him. Now we know the depth of his good taste, four-camera, laugh-track-heavy shows in his repertoire notwithstanding. But then, he has churned out some award-winning memorable comedy in his time, while wrangling the most difficult divas to ever terrorize the small screen (Cybill, Roseanne, Brett Butler!).

So, we're making a pledge to refrain from liberally tossing out insults about the precocious wisecracking kid plus "lovable" cad plus goofy straight man show. Just don't make us watch it, please. And don't even get us started on "The Big Bang Theory."

Cue up "The Wire" on DVD.


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