A provocative “vanity card” appeared during the credits running at the end of the CBS show “The Big Bang Theory” Thursday night (Nov. 19, 2015). The message, presumably from producer Chuck Lorre, was an obituary for network television.
The card included a header reading: “R.I.P., Network Television, 1948-2015.”
The message reads: “CBS recently announced that it was bringing back the series ‘Star Trek,’ but not for the CBS network, for a streaming video on demand system called CBS All Access. In lieu of flowers, CBS has requested that mourners send them six bucks a month.”
The so-called “vanity card” is a message that flashes briefly on the screen, and can typically be read only by taping the show and playing it back on a device that enables the viewer to pause the playback.
The cards have been used extensively by Lorre on “Big Bang” and on his other shows, such as “Two and a Half Men.” Lorre’s messages have a following of their own and on occasion have sparked controversy or have been censored by the network.