CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #285
The Sitcom Writers' Prayer
Lord, if it be thy will, give unto us a story that has lots of
comic potential while simultaneously exploring and defining our
characters and their relationships (preferably something that
hasn't been done on Dick Van Dyke or Friends). If, in thine
infinite wisdom, the story you provideth is over-the-top, please
help us convince ourselves that we are creating a classic farce so
we can look our actors in the eye and explain, with face straight,
that jumping the shark is how we demonstrate our love for you.
Also make us into a channel through which true and honestly funny
dialogue flows to our principal, supporting and guest characters.
If, on the day of judgement, thy heavenly words elicit silence
from the studio audience, relieve us of our suffering, O' Divine
Master, by giving us the strength to tell our friends and family
that we are doing a "dramedy." Finally Lord, we call on your
infinite mercy, praying that you forgiveth our many network sins,
most notably Lenny and Squiggy-style smash cut jokes, and that
after we are brought low by the Nielsonites, you lift us up and
lead us into the valley of high-concept, vaguely sentimental
feature films like thou didst with thine exalted emissary, Judd of
Oh, couple more things: May our directors someday figure out a way to start a restaurant scene that does not require a waiter to walk across the room, and may all those internet residuals we fought for during the last strike start rolling in. Amen redux.
1st Aired: 3 May 2010