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James Burrows Pays Tribute to Kirstie Alley: ‘She Was Funny and She Was Gorgeous’

Kirstie Alley was a godsend to “Cheers” when she joined the storied NBC sitcom in 1987, famed director- producer James Burrows recalled Monday as he paid tribute to the comedic star. “She was funny and she was gorgeous. You don’t find those two things together too often,” Burrows told Variety of Alley, who died Dec. 5 at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer. Off camera, she was naturally “bawdy” in a way that endeared her to the comedy community, Burrows recalled. Alley signed on to “Cheers” at the midpoint of its 11-season run on NBC, from 1982-1993, as the...
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Austin Chronicle

ATX Television Festival Says Cheers to James Burrows

Sometimes you want to be where everybody knows your name: if you're TV legend James Burrows, that everywhere, but his name will be on everyone's lips at next year's ATX Television Festival when he receives the Achievement in Television eXcellence award. Burrows is one of the most prolific TV sitcom...
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ATX Festival Will Honor James Burrows, Plans To Mark ‘Cheers’ Finale’s 30th Anniversary

The 12th season of the ATX TV Festival will take place June 1-4, 2023 in Austin, Texas, and has announced its first round of programming. The festival will present its annual “Achievement in Television eXcellence” Award to director, producer, creator, and author James Burrows. He will attend for a conversation spanning his career as the cocreator/director of Cheers, winner of 11 Emmy Awards, and director of more than 1,000 episodes of television, including iconic sitcoms Taxi, Friends, Frasier, Will & Grace, and more. “James Burrows’ imprint on TV as a medium is unparalleled, and his impact on so many...
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ATX TV Festival Sets First Round of 2023 Programming: A ‘Cheers’ Celebration, James Burrows Tribute and More

It’s almost time for TV camp. ATX TV Festival, which will take place June 1-4 in Austin, Texas, announced its first batch of programming for Season 12 on Thursday. At the 2023 event, producer and creator James Burrows will be presented with the annual “Achievement in Television eXcellence” Award. The co-creator of “Cheers” will participate in a conversation about his career; Burrows has directed more than 1,000 episodes of hit TV, including credits on “Taxi,” “Friends” and “Will & Grace.” “James Burrows’ imprint on TV as a medium is unparalleled, and his impact on so many TV fans’ lives — including...
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James Burrows has spent 50 years making you LOL

James Burrows is a man of many nicknames: the sitcom sorcerer; the Steven Spielberg of sitcoms; and the Concorde of TV pilots, which would make him the James Burrows of Supersonic Airliners. Burrows has been making America laugh for half a century with his masterful direction of situation comedies that...

James Burrows takes us on a tour of TV classics on this week's 'SmartLess'

TV Director James “Jimmy” Burrows explored the world of American television as he joined hosts Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett for a new episode of the SmartLess podcast this week. LISTEN NOW: Jimmy Burrows appears on SmartLess. During their time together, the guys discuss Burrows’ career...
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Gino sits down with James Burrows

Ahead of his release of a new book, Gino talks with sitcom director James Burrows. Ahead of his release of a new book, Gino talks with sitcom director James Burrows.
iheart.com

James Burrows: Like Father, Like Son

Television director James Burrows has been working since the 1970s on beloved series like Taxi, Cheers, Friends, Frasier, and Will & Grace. He has directed over 1,000 hours of television, co-created the long-running, critically-acclaimed series Cheers and is the recipient of 11 Emmy Awards and a DGA Lifetime Achievement Award. His golden touch becomes apparent when you consider that a staggering 75 of the series pilots he directed, including The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, advanced to series. His new book, the memoir “Directed by James Burrows,” details his accomplished life and career. James Burrows and Alec discuss their favorite parts of working together, how Burrows got his start in the entertainment industry and why his book is ultimately about kindness.
Daily Herald

Director James Burrows looks back on his career in new book

NEW YORK -- James Burrows loves sitcoms, and he should. The 81-year-old has directed more than 1,000 episodes of TV sitcoms, including fan favorites such as "Friends," "Cheers," and Will & Grace." He's also directed the pilot episodes for "Frasier," "Two and a Half Men," "The Big Bang Theory" and more, setting the tone for the series going forward.
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TV icon James Burrows: Five decades of stories from the legendary director of Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace, and more

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier welcomes TV icon James Burrows to talk about his new book: ‘Directed by James Burrows: Five Decades of Stories from the Legendary Director of Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace, and More’. All this from the man who helped launch the careers of Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Aniston, Debra Messing, and Melissa McCarthy, to name a few.

Director James Burrows looks back on his career in new book

NEW YORK (AP) — James Burrows loves sitcoms, and he should. The 81-year-old has directed more than 1,000 episodes of TV sitcoms, including fan favorites such as “Friends,” “Cheers,” and Will & Grace.” He’s also directed the pilot episodes for “Frasier,” “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” and more, setting the tone for the series going forward.