CHUCK’S CHOICE: Chuck Lorre is one of the most powerful show-runners in television. He is the force behind two of the highest-rated shows on the broadcast networks, “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men” on CBS, where he now has a total of four sitcoms. But, actors, don’t mess with his priceless words.
On Tuesday night, Rebel Wilson, one of the breakout stars of movies “Bridesmaids” and “Pitch Perfect,” appeared on a promotional Q&A for her new sitcom, “Super Fun Night,” with Cosmopolitan editor in chief Joanna Coles. The conversation revolved around the difficulties actresses, particularly full-figured women, face in Hollywood and television. To illustrate her point, Wilson, who appears in Cosmo’s September issue, described an audition she did for Lorre some time ago for his show “Mike & Molly,” which centers on a plus-size couple. At the time Wilson hadn’t yet appeared on the two films that’d bring her so much acclaim and was looking for work in America.
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“I auditioned for ‘Mike & Molly’ and got kicked out of the room for making up my own jokes. [Lorre] said, ‘There’s the door, thank you very much.’” The part eventually went to Melissa McCarthy. “I realized that if I was going to be on a TV show, I was going to have to write it myself,” Wilson said.
ABC has given Wilson’s sitcom a prominent position on the schedule, just after powerhouse “Modern Family,” but she was also candid about the creative tensions that have surfaced with the network during the show’s development.
“It’s tough because you have to fight battles all the way. You have to have fights with people about individual lines,” she said. Coles wondered if Wilson would take the show to cable if the fights with ABC continued. “Probably,” Wilson said.