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10 items from 2016


Cheers: Stage Play Coming to Boston in September

27 May 2016 6:27 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Wouldn't you like to get away? Well, if you're going to Boston this September, you can see a stage adaptation of the classic sitcom Cheers, Boston.com reports.

Created by James Burrows, Les Charles, and Glen Charles, the NBC comedy ran from 1982 to 1993. The cast included Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Nicholas Colasanto, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, and Kelsey Grammer.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Cheers: Should Sam and Diane Have Ended Up Together?

1 May 2016 2:14 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Cheers aired for 11 seasons on NBC, and there has been a renewed debate about Sam and Diane’s ending on the series – should the pair have ended up together?

Ken Levine spoke about the debate over the end of the series on his blog earlier this week, and he revealed his thoughts about the decision to not have Sam and Diane, who were played by Shelley Long and Ted Danson, walk off into the sunset together. He said the following:

“The final episode was conceived and written by Glen & Les Charles. I remember discussions in the room about how to resolve the Sam & Diane relationship and if memory serves, there was never any intention of getting them together at the end. And I must say, I agreed with that decision then and still do. Sam & Diane were so different. »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Get Ready for The Boss by Celebrating That Other Girl Scout Classic Troop Beverly Hills

7 April 2016 1:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Melissa McCarthy's new comedy, The Boss, arrives in theaters on Friday. Given McCarthy's string of box office successes, the movie seems primed to be a hit. And we're stoked too, but the premise of the film has us recalling another female-led comedy: The 1989 Shelley Long cult hit Troop Beverly Hills. Both films focus on women of means who enjoy living the high life but who have also been humbled in some way - The Boss's Michelle Darnell being sent to prison, and Troop's Phyllis Nefler facing an impending divorce. And both protagonists turn to the Girl Scouts (or »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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James Burrows Shares His Secrets From Four Decades of TV Directing

17 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s often said in television that nobody knows what makes a hit. But that’s not entirely true. James Burrows has a test that has rarely failed him in his 40-plus years of directing multicamera comedy series.

When working on pilots, Burrows likes to bring in an audience to watch a bare-bones run-through after a few days of rehearsal. No amount of focus-group testing of the finished product can tell him more than the first impression of an impartial crowd.

“For most of my hits, those run-throughs have been through the roof,” Burrows says. “That’s how I gauge the show. I see if they like the characters and the actors they don’t know. That’s how you know what you have.”

Burrows’ track record speaks for itself — from his start as a director in 1974 on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” to “Cheers,” “Friends” and “The Big Bang Theory, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Friends Reunion: First Extended Footage From James Burrows Tribute

15 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Could we be any more excited about NBC’s quasi-Friends reunion? Not likely, especially after viewing this first extended clip of the Central Perk Crew getting their ’90s reminisce on during Must See TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows (airing Feb. 21 at 9/8c).

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The 90-second clip kicks off with David Schwimmer explaining to host Andy Cohen how Burrows took him under his directorial wings during the show’s near-decade run, but it’s Lisa Kudrow who livens things up by sharing how the sitcom vet assigned iconic nicknames to each member of the cast. »

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Jason Bateman, Andy Cohen, Jane Lynch to Appear on NBC's James Burrows Tribute - Joining Friends and Two and a Half Men Stars

1 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The full lineup for NBC's Must See TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows has been released - and it's going to be a star-studded special. Jason Bateman, Andy Cohen, Jane Lynch, Bob Newhart, Bill Nye, Gary Sinise and J.B. Smoove will all make special appearances in the tribute honoring the prolific TV director, People can reveal exclusively. Also scheduled to appear are stars from some of the many sitcoms he worked with, including: Friends: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry. (Perry was in London during the filming, but will introduce the »

- Mariah Haas

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Jason Bateman, Andy Cohen, Jane Lynch to Appear on NBC's James Burrows Tribute - Joining Friends and Two and a Half Men Stars

1 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The full lineup for NBC's Must See TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows has been released - and it's going to be a star-studded special. Jason Bateman, Andy Cohen, Jane Lynch, Bob Newhart, Bill Nye, Gary Sinise and J.B. Smoove will all make special appearances in the tribute honoring the prolific TV director, People can reveal exclusively. Also scheduled to appear are stars from some of the many sitcoms he worked with, including: Friends: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry. (Perry was in London during the filming, but will introduce the »

- Mariah Haas

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The Lineup for A Tribute to James Burrows Is Here, and No, It’s Still Not a Friends Reunion

20 January 2016 11:24 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The Friends reunion is here! Just kidding, it is 100 percent not a Friends reunion, so please stop calling it that. Sure, the gang is getting back together, but only five out of six of them, and no one even invited James Michael "Gunther" Tyler or Tom "Eye Doctor Richard" Selleck. Now that that's out of the way, here's what it really is: a tribute to director James Burrows, who is recognized as TV’s most accomplished comedy director. He's done The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Will & Grace, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, and Mike & Molly. The special will celebrate his 1,000th episode of TV with his new NBC comedy Crowded.Scheduled to be in attendance will be the casts of the following shows. (Others may also be added.) CheersTed Danson, Shelley Long, Bebe Neuwirth, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt (Kirstie Alley, »

- Emma Barrie

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Friends Reunion (With Chandler Twist) Confirmed as NBC Unveils Complete James Burrows Tribute Guest List

20 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Matthew Perry will be there for James Burrows at next month’s NBC special honoring the prolific sitcom director.

NBC on Wednesday officially confirmed that Friends‘ stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer will reunite at next month’s two-hour event, Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows. Perry, who is currently doing a play in London, will also be on hand, although via a pre-taped segment. (Hey, it’s something!)

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Charlie Sheen, Melissa McCarthy, ‘Friends’ Cast & More Sitcom Stars to Appear on NBC’s James Burrows Tribute

20 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Although the entire “Friends” cast won’t be reuniting, plenty of sitcom stars old and new will be together for NBC’s tribute to comedy veteran James Burrows on the Feb. 21 special, “Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows.”

The TV special marks a huge milestone for Burrows: he has directed 1,000 episodes of television with NBC’s new comedy “Crowded.”

The cast of “Crowded” will be at the special, in addition to cast members from “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “Will & Grace,” “Taxi,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Wings,” “Mike & Molly,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Friends” — though Matthew Perry will appear in a pre-taped segment, as originally planned.

Burrows made his TV sitcom directorial debut in 1974 on an episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and is best known for his work on “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “Frasier” and “Will & Grace” for which he directed all four pilots. He also directed the pilots of “Friends, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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