James Burrows

Sex and the City alum Michael Patrick King and comedian Whitney Cummings have just won the TV pilot equivalent of the Super Lotto. Comedy directing master James Burrows has signed on to direct King's and Cummings' new CBS pilot Two Broke Girls. Cummings stars in the multi-camera sitcom, which centers on a pair of women struggling to make ends meet in New York.

Given his stellar track record, Burrows is always the most sought-after director in the world of half-hour comedy pilots — particularly multi-camera (shows normally shot on a stage with several cameras in front of a studio audience). Last year, Burrows directed the pilots to CBS' Mike & Molly and $#*! My Dad Says, as well as ABC's Better With You — and all three were picked up as regular series. Burrows' other pilot credits include The Big Bang Theory, Will & Grace, Two and a Half Men, Friends and Frasier. He was also a co-creator of Cheers and directed classics such as Mary Tyler Moore, Taxi and Night Court.

In other words, Burrows is the real deal — and if you snag him as your pilot director, your odds of making it to air just increased tenfold. Burrows will serve as an executive producer on Two Broke Girls in addition to directing the pilot. King and Cummings are also executive producers.

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