Chuck Lorre vanity cards are a well known trademark. The Chuck Lorre vanity cards are a signature closer for his three shows, as they feature a variety of jokes and commentary. In recent weeks, they were used in the ongoing wars with Charlie Sheen, as his boss joked that he’d be mad if Sheen outlived him. As it turned out, that joke was one of the few things that Sheen didn’t go off at in yesterday’s rants. Yet now that Two and a Half Men is suspended, there will be no more Chuck Lorre vanity cards for his other two shows.
Right before CBS announced they would suspend Two and a Half Men production, fans noticed something new at the end of Lorre’s other show. Last night’s Big Bang Theory didn’t end with comments from the creator, but rather a picture of his knuckle.
As it turns out, the Chuck Lorre vanity cards are on hiatus, just as Sheen and Two and a Half Men are. He announced on Monday that he would show pictures of body parts at the end of Big Bang and Mike & Molly, at least for the next few weeks.
Before this month, the cards were an innocuous trademark for the producer, as fans regularly paused to read what he had written. They often contained regular stories, jokes, and anything else that he could think of. They had never been controversial before, at least until last week.
The most recent Chuck Lorre vanity cards took direct aim at Sheen, as the creator listed his health routine – and that he’d be “pissed” if Sheen still outlived him. He wrote on another card about a hard partying man who “felt dead inside” which had an obvious parallel.
In truth, when Sheen was asked about those comments by Alex Jones, he said that it was “one of the few compliments” that “that clown” has paid him in the last decade. But he attacked everything else about his boss yesterday, as their working relationship is past the point of no return.
Even if the Chuck Lorre vanity cards played little part in that, he is still scaling them back, since network executives and journalists are studying them now. Just as his trademark credits gag is in limbo, so is the show that spawned his CBS empire. In both cases, it’s uncertain if they will be back next season, or can return in a different form.
The new, inoffensive Chuck Lorre vanity cards can still be seen to close Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly. But the old ones, and Two and a Half Men itself, may not outlive Sheen after all.
Entertainment Weekly- “Chuck Lorre announces he will ‘take a break’ from writing vanity cards”
New York Magazine- “If Charlie Sheen Outlives Him, Chuck Lorre Is Going to Be Really Pissed”
TV Guide- “Charlie Sheen’s Radio Rant: Bashes Men Creator, Calls Women ‘Turds'”