'The Kominsky Method': Chuck Lorre says best thing about Netflix is the lack of commercial breaks

The show follows Sandy Kominsky (Michael Douglas), a past-his-prime actor now working as a life coach, and his bond with his longtime agent and friend Norman (Alan Arkin)


                            'The Kominsky Method': Chuck Lorre says best thing about Netflix is the lack of commercial breaks

Chuck Lorre, the brain behind famous sitcoms 'The Big Bang Theory', 'Two and a Half Men' and 'Mom', is now onto his next project, a Netflix series called 'The Kominsky Method'. And though he has years and years of experience behind producing single-camera sitcoms for broadcast TV, he says the new Netflix series is almost like a new venture for him. 

The half-hour show takes an empathetic but exacting look at the process of aging as we follow Sandy Kominsky (Michael Douglas), a past-his-prime actor now working as a life coach, and his bond with his longtime agent and friend Norman (Alan Arkin).

Talking about producing for the streaming giant in an interview with Variety, Lorre said, "[Netflix has] been unbelievably supportive. When in doubt, they encourage you." He also revealed that the best part about bringing a show to Netflix was that he did not have a particular set time within which he had to reveal the story of each episode. “It’s wonderful to not have time limits,” he said. “Thirty-two minutes, 28 minutes, just tell a good story.”

Chuck Lorre and Michael Douglas of 'The Kominsky Method' speak onstage during Netflix TCA 2018 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
Chuck Lorre and Michael Douglas of 'The Kominsky Method' speak onstage during Netflix TCA 2018 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

He also revealed that another best part of shooting for Netflix is that he doesn't have to rework the story around commercial breaks. “The story can flow without having a break,” Lorre said. “When you put eight episodes out all at once, they’re like chapters in a book. So if somebody is watching show 4, you can assume they’ve watched episodes 1, 2 and 3, and they may have just watched them so it can flow like a novel, as opposed to last week.”

If you are wondering if this is Lorre's first venture with the streaming giant, the answer is no, he had previously released 'Disjointed,' a Kathy Bates-starring comedy on pot. It lasted for two seasons. Speaking about his experience working with the streaming giant, he said, “Occasionally they’d have some thoughts and ideas, but they pretty much trust you.”

Chuck Lorre of 'The Kominsky Method' speaks onstage during Netflix TCA 2018 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
Chuck Lorre of 'The Kominsky Method' speaks onstage during Netflix TCA 2018 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

“It’s a wonderful thing to have that kind of trust, and I’ve had that at CBS for a long time so I’m not complaining about a lack of trust [there], but I’m just saying that Netflix has been really great,” he added. 

'The Kominsky Method' premieres on Netflix on November 16.