TV Review: Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute To James Burrows

Posted: February 27, 2016 in Comedy, TV
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The casts of six of his most successful shows pay tribute to legendary tv director James Burrows.

I love the shows that James Burrows has directed, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Cheers Taxi, Frazier.  I just wish the show paying tribute to him was better.  The interviews with the cast were shorter than the commercial breaks, the editing was awful, Patrick Warburton was only on to plug his own show, and God knows why Bruce Springsteen and Patty Scalfa were on.

It took the people paying tribute to Burrows a half an hour to get around to why they were there.  Burrows had recently directed his one-thousandth episode of television, and that was the reason for the tribute.  But most of the filmed vignettes fell flat, and there was absolutely no one representing the Mary Tyler Moore Show.  I know almost no one remembers the Mary Tyler Moore show now, but there are enough retro tv channels that everyone should watch The Mary Tyler Moore Show regularly.  It was one of the best ensemble shows on tv.. I know they couldn’t pay tribute to another show, because the cast interviews were short enough as they were constituted, but they could have eliminated one of the filmed segments or the plug for Burrows new show, and had a few words from Mary Tyler Moore or Ed Asner, or Betty White, along with a Chuckles the Clown clip, now that is a tribute.

Fans of Friends were looking forward to the reunion, but I never liked the show much, and the interview of the cast sounded strained and awkward.  Let’s face it, Jennifer Aniston is a terrible actress with horrible comedic timing.  If she was successful, it was only for her looks and Burrows talent, she has done nothing since Friends of note.  I thought the funniest segment on the show was the cast of Taxi, Danny Devito told the funniest story by far.  But in the end, there is nothing interesting about what a director does, and telling stories about a certain stage direction is about as interesting as watching paint dry.

In the end, Burrows gave about a two minute speech, and that was that.

An All-star Tribute To James Burrows:  I dug it.


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