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By Peter Tonguette A mong American sitcoms airing in the last quarter of the 20th centu- ry, NBC's "Cheers" holds a place of honor. The classic series, which aired to widespread acclaim and near-univer- The Man with the Plan HIS NEW MEMOIR REVEALS THE TRADE SECRETS OF JIMMY BURROWS, LEGENDARY DIRECTOR OF "CHEERS," "TAXI," AND MORE Burrows: "I have been called the Sitcom Sorcerer." P H O T O : B A L L A N T I N E B O O K S sal popularity from 1982 to 1993, starred Ted Danson as wistful, gregarious, roman- tically challenged bartender Sam Malone, but it was the large and appealing cast of characters who flitted in and out of the fictional Boston bar Cheers — including Sam's co-worker and periodic love inter- est, Diane Chambers (Shelley Long), his eventual manager, Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley), and assorted bar regulars including 46 C I N E M O N T A G E B O O K R E V I E W

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