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Making A Comedy Pilot? You Might Want To Call James Burrows

James Burrows has directed more than 50 pilots, including Cheers, Friends, Taxi, and Frasier.
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Fall TV Lineup: 2 Shows Star Asian-American Women

Indian-American Mindy Kaling has her own show on Fox called The Mindy Project. Chinese-American Lucy Liu is Dr. Watson in a modern Sherlock Holmes story on CBS called Elementary. TV critic Eric Deggans says neither show gives any indication there might be anything culturally Indian or Chinese about their characters.
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'Homeland,' 'Modern Family' Are Big Emmy Winners

Homeland, which puts the battle against terrorism on American soil, was honored Sunday night as best drama series at the Emmy Awards. The show's stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis also won trophies. Modern Family was named best comedy.
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Director James Burrows Has Midas Touch For Sitcoms

A sitcom premiering Monday night called Partners has a major advantage over the other new shows this season. Partners was directed by James Burrows. That's a name with particular resonance in Hollywood. When Burrows directs a TV pilot, it's more or less a given the show will be picked up for a full season.
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On Television's Biggest Night, It's Antiheroes And Maggie Smith

On Sunday's Weekend Edition, we'll talk to Linda Wertheimer about Emmy night, antiheroes, and family shows.
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Kelly Macdonald: Strong Woman On The 'Boardwalk'

The Scottish actress plays Margaret Thompson, a young Irish widow who marries a corrupt politician on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Macdonald, who got her start in Trainspotting, tells Fresh Air that she enjoys playing a "strong character" for a change.

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