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Chuck Lorre says it’s ‘foolish’ to think there won’t be another ‘Big Bang’

Chuck Lorre, who co-created the show with Bill Prady, has at times seemed like he's single-hand..

Chuck Lorre, who co-created the show with Bill Prady, has at times seemed like he's single-handedly keeping the traditional multi-camera sitcom alive. In addition to producing "Two and a Half Men," another huge hit for CBS, his credits include the returning "Mom," as well as earlier shows like "Cybill" and "Dharma & Greg."More recently, however, Lorre has migrated into single-camera comedies, including the "Big Bang" spinoff "Young Sheldon" — already renewed by CBS for two more seasons — and "The Kominsky Method," the Michael Douglas-Alan Arkin comedy for Netflix, which earned the producer a Golden Globe Award in January.Despite his experimentation with a different form of storytelling, Lorre said he's been around long enough to see the sitcom pronounced dead before — such as when "Friends" signed off 15 years ago — only to see it rise again. And he continues to operate in that realm, including a new CBS series, "Bob ❤ Abishola," which reunites him with "Mike & Molly" star Billy Gardell."I've been doing this long enough to know I've heard the bold statement that 'This is it. This won't happen again' many times," he told CNN. "And it does. So humility would suggest that making a blanket statement, that this is the end, is probably foolish."Even in a streaming age, Lorre sees value in the format, which he has described as like producing a little play every week."I don't see any reason to walk away from the four-camera show," he said. "It's a valid way to tell a story. When you're at home watching television, you're not counting cameras. You're either entertained or you're not."Lorre conceded that he faced a "sharp learning curve" in producing single-camera shows, as well as producing for Netflix, where all the episodes become available at once. On the plus side, there were no limitations about episode length, no writing to commercial breaks (usually pharmaceutical ads these days, he quipped) and no restrictions on language. "You feel like if you need to use a certain word, that word's available to you," he said.The main difference, Lorre said, is that a studio audience provides comedy writers instant feedback as to how well their jokes are landing, noting that "their silence is the sound of failure."As a result, sitcoms are often rewritten on the fly when material isn't working. The absence of an audience thus forces writers to rely on and be more trusting of their own judgment.Regular watchers of "Big Bang" and Lorre's other shRead More – Source

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Game Of Thrones: George RR Martin hints at ending for books

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin has give..

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin has given hints about the ending of his books after seeing the hit series come to an end – and also said he suspects we have "not seen the last of Westeros" on TV.

The author wrote about the finale of the epic fantasy series on his blog, saying it had been "a wild ride" since his first meeting with the show's writers David Benioff and DB Weiss more than a decade ago.

He is still writing the final instalments of his series of books, A Song Of Ice And Fire, with Game Of Thrones the show having overtaken the published novels – the last one released in 2011 – in its sixth season.

Image: George RR Martin says the TV finale was "an ending but also a beginning"

Martin helped producers as they continued the story on screen and there has been much speculation about whether the ending will turn out to be true to his original vision.

In his blog post, Martin promised the sixth and seventh books, The Winds Of Winter and A Dream Of Spring, "will be done".

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"I'm writing," he said. "Winter is coming, I told you, long ago… and so it is.

"The Winds Of Winter is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done. I won't say when, I've tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it, and then will come A Dream Of Spring.

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Game Of Thrones: George RR Martin hints at ending for books

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin has give..

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin has given hints about the ending of his books after seeing the hit series come to an end – and also said he suspects we have "not seen the last of Westeros" on TV.

The author wrote about the finale of the epic fantasy series on his blog, saying it had been "a wild ride" since his first meeting with the show's writers David Benioff and DB Weiss more than a decade ago.

He is still writing the final instalments of his series of books, A Song Of Ice And Fire, with Game Of Thrones the show having overtaken the published novels – the last one released in 2011 – in its sixth season.

Image: George RR Martin says the TV finale was "an ending but also a beginning"

Martin helped producers as they continued the story on screen and there has been much speculation about whether the ending will turn out to be true to his original vision.

In his blog post, Martin promised the sixth and seventh books, The Winds Of Winter and A Dream Of Spring, "will be done".

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"I'm writing," he said. "Winter is coming, I told you, long ago… and so it is.

"The Winds Of Winter is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done. I won't say when, I've tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it, and then will come A Dream Of Spring.

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Sophie Turner hits out at ‘disrespectful’ GoT petition

Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner has hit out at a petition calling for a remake of the final serie..

Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner has hit out at a petition calling for a remake of the final series, saying it is "disrespectful" to those who "worked tirelessly" on the show for more than 10 years.

The actress, who plays Sansa Stark, spoke out about the reaction to season eight after her character was crowned Queen of the North in the last ever episode on Monday.

Fans have been divided by the Game Of Thrones final series, with many criticising it for being rushed and more than 1.3 million people signing the petition set up to demand HBO remakes it.

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Image: Some fans were unhappy with Daenerys Targaryen's transformation into the Mad Queen

Some viewers were also unhappy with how the story ended for Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen, who transformed from a hero to the Mad Queen – murdering thousands of innocent people.

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In an interview with the New York Times following the finale, Turner said she was "honestly, not surprised" by the negative reaction from many fans, as "people always have an idea in their heads of how they want a show to finish, and so when it doesn't go to their liking, they start to speak up about it and rebel".

She said the "amazing" thing about the epic fantasy series is its "crazy twists and turns, right from season one with Ned's beheading".

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Daenerys' transformation "shouldn't be such a negative thing for fans", said Turner. "It's a shock for sure, but I think it's just because it hasn't gone their way."

The star, who recently married husband Joe Jonas in Las Vegas, continued: "All of these petitions and things like that – I think it's disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season. Like 50-something night shoots. (more…)

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