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Topics: TV, CBS, Laughter

Thursday, 20 May 2010

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CBS has last laugh

In a move designed to attract more viewers to a steady fan base, the CBS network has decided to remove the laugh track from their half-hour sitcoms.

"We feel the shows have a certain pious attitude about them," said Leslie Moonves, the president of the network.

Even Chuck Lorre, creator of such hit shows as Two and a Half Men and the Big Bang Theory praised the move.

"For so long we've assumed our fan base had a third grade education. That's why he insisted on inserting obnoxious laughter that you wouldn't even hear from members of a college frat house while watching the Hangover."

The move is meant to help usher in the new age to the CBS comedy lineup, one that has already come on every other major network.

A little investigation by Moonves revealed that the laugh track originated in the mid-1960's as a way to intimidate the audience into a false sense of happiness. The deal was in fact made with the devil.

Through this contractual agreement, which runs through 2074, the network has a pre-determined number of hours of laugh track noise that must not be laid to waste.

Said Moonves, "CSI could use a little more humor."

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