'James Burrows Pays Tribute to ‘Cheers’ Star Kirstie Alley

Tribute to ‘Cheers’ Star Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley

was a godsend to “Cheers” when she joined the storied NBC sitcom in 1987, famed director-

You don’t

find those two things together too often,” Burrows told Variety of Alley, who died

Off camera,

she was naturally “bawdy” in a way that endeared her to the comedy community, Burrows

Long’s exit

from the show after Season 5 prompted the shakeup that brought in Alley

The new

hire made a strong impression on her colleagues when Alley showed up on the first

“That set

the tone for her on the show,” Burrows remembered

“When she

walked into that bar, everybody’s eye went with her

” Alley earned

five Emmy nominations and one win (in 1991) for her work on “Cheers” as aspiring corporate

Burrows, a

co-creator, exec producer and primary director of “Cheers” for its 271 episodes, also recalled Alley as

“Kirstie became

‘one of the boys’ literally, almost overnight,” Burrows said

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