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Caitlin McGee & Eugene Cordero Join NBC Pilot ‘Crunch Time’; Owen Smith In ‘Sebastian’

24 March 2016 11:32 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Caitlin McGee and Eugene Cordero (Comedy Bang! Bang!) have booked series regular roles opposite Craig Ferguson and Andrea Anders in Crunch Time, NBC's hybrid game show/comedy pilot written by Betsy Thomas based on an original idea by veteran game show producer Phil Gurin (Weakest Link). Crunch Time, which intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace, centers on Emily (Anders), an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host, Toby (Ferguson)… »

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Andrea Anders To Star In ‘Crunch Time’ NBC Game Show/Comedy Pilot

11 March 2016 11:42 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted) is set as the female lead opposite Craig Ferguson in Crunch Time, NBC's hybrid game show/comedy pilot written by Betsy Thomas based on an original idea by veteran game show producer Phil Gurin (Weakest Link). Crunch Time, which intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace, centers on Emily (Anders), an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host, Toby (Ferguson). Driven, loyal and level-headed, Emily is… »

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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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