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astro
10-13-2006, 12:08 PM
Just curious.

Who_me?
10-13-2006, 12:22 PM
According to the IMDB (http://imdb.com/title/tt0083399/fullcredits), the credited writers (and creators) were...

James Burrows (http://imdb.com/name/nm0123273/),

Glen Charles (http://imdb.com/name/nm0153036/), and

Les Charles (http://imdb.com/name/nm0153080/).

Ethilrist
10-13-2006, 12:36 PM
who seem to have mostly done Will and Grace, Frasier and Frasier, respectively.

astro
10-13-2006, 12:43 PM
who seem to have mostly done Will and Grace, Frasier and Frasier, respectively.

Will & Grace - Interesting- I wonder if you would need to actually be gay to write "gay man" conversational dialog accurately, or is a good ear enough?

Sean Factotum
10-13-2006, 01:10 PM
There were other writers too. A friend of mine knew one of them, a guy named Phoef Sutton (http://imdb.com/name/nm0840380/), who did some writing of episodes about the time Woodu Harrelson first came onboard. IMDB says he did a few more shows after that, and is working on 'Boston Legal."

silenus
10-13-2006, 01:14 PM
Legend has it around these parts that they got a lot of the ideas for "Cheers" while they were in college at the University of Redlands, where they hung out at a pizza parlor called "Gay 90's." A real dive, but full of characters.

Annie-Xmas
10-13-2006, 01:33 PM
David Angell (http://imdb.com/name/nm0029628/) joined the writing staff of "Cheers," helped develope "Fraiser" and died on 9/11 on flight 11.

carterba
10-13-2006, 06:17 PM
Sam Simon wrote for Cheers and went on to co-develop The Simpsons and write for The Drew Carey Show.

stuyguy
10-13-2006, 07:27 PM
According to the IMDB (http://imdb.com/title/tt0083399/fullcredits), the credited writers (and creators) were...

James Burrows (http://imdb.com/name/nm0123273/),

Glen Charles (http://imdb.com/name/nm0153036/), and

Les Charles (http://imdb.com/name/nm0153080/).
James Burrows, btw, is the son of the late Abe Burrows, who was a legendary comedy writer from the "Golden Era" of radio, and later, Broadway. Abe's work still gets laughs from modern audiences that attend revivals and local productions of the musicals Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed..., among other shows.

His biography is titled "Honest Abe." I read a chapter; it was great.

Frostillicus
10-13-2006, 10:53 PM
One of them ended up at Sacred Heart hospital in an episode of Scrubs. "Norm!"

GuanoLad
10-14-2006, 01:47 AM
One of them ended up at Sacred Heart hospital in an episode of Scrubs. "Norm!"
That wasn't a real writer, the character's name was Charles James, which was kind of a reference to Glen and Les Charles.

GuanoLad
10-14-2006, 01:49 AM
And James Burrows.

PunditLisa
10-14-2006, 08:42 AM
Burrows was interviewed by Terry Gross of "Fresh Air" a few months back. In addition to "Frasier" and "Will and Grace" Burrows also did writing for Lisa Kudrow's HBO show, which I believe was canceled. Prior to "Cheers" he had worked on the "Bob Newhart Show" and the "Mary Tyler Moore" show.

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