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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #421

Two and a half years ago I received a phone call from the CEO of CBS, Les Moonves. The subject of the call was the future of Two and a Half Men. To be completely honest, I was dubious. But as I listened to Les, my cynicism was slowly replaced with an entirely new feeling. And that feeling had the strangest mental image attached to it. We were no longer talking about a sitcom. Two and a Half Men had become some sort of unstoppable force. A juggernaut. In my mind's eye, it had morphed into the tank in Tiananmen Square. Which meant I was faced with a choice. I could stand in front of it like that incredibly brave little Chinese guy, or I could climb on and see where it went. (Thankfully there was no moral equivalent between the two paths. Two and a Half Men may be accused of a lot of nasty things, but I'm pretty sure it has never suppressed fundamental human rights.) With tonight's episode marking the start of our eleventh season, it's pretty obvious what choice I made. Although, with the clarity of hindsight, I realize now that if I'd made the wrong choice, the tank poised to roll over me was never Two and a Half Men. The tank was Moonves.

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1st Aired: 26 Sep 2013

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