The special, which airs at 9 PM Sunday, February 21 on NBC, will celebrate Burrows 1,000th episode, a milestone reached with his new NBC comedy Crowded, in which he also serves as an executive producer. The casts of several iconic comedy series that Burrows directed will appear, including Sheen and Jon Cryer from the original Two And A Half Men, along with Cheers stars Ted Danson and Shelley Long, and original casts of Friends, Frasier, Will & Grace, Taxi, The Big Bang Theory, Wings and Mike & Molly (see the complete list below).
Burrows made his TV sitcom directing debut with a 1974 episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He is probably best known for his work on Taxi, Cheers, Frasier and Will & Grace, which collectively earned him 10 Emmy Awards and four DGA Awards.
“There is nobody with better TV comedy instincts than Jimmy Burrows, and because of his guiding hand these remarkable shows will be forever celebrated and stand the test of time,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “The caliber of talent joining us to celebrate Jimmy’s accomplishments is a testament to his imprint in television history.”
Here’s the list of those schedule to be in attendance. Others may also be added, according to NBC.
Cheers — Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Bebe Neuwirth, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt (Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson in pre-taped segments)
Friends — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer (Matthew Perry in pre-taped segment)
Frasier — Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce (Kelsey Grammer in pre-taped segment)
Will & Grace — Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally
Taxi — Tony Danza, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner, Judd Hirsch, Carol Kane, Christopher Lloyd
The Big Bang Theory — Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons
Wings — Tony Shalhoub, Steven Weber
Mike & Molly — Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Katy Mixon, Nyambi Nyambi, Reno Wilson
Two and a Half Men — Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen
Crowded — Carlease Burke, Stacy Keach, Carrie Preston, Mia Serafino, Patrick Warburton
Others in attendance include JB Smoove, Jason Bateman, Valerie Bertinelli, Kate Flannery and Will Arnett. Bob Newhart will participate in a pre-taped segment.
Universal Television, Hazy Mills and Irwin Entertainment will produce. Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner John Irwin are executive producers.