‘Cheers’ Creator Soaks Up Sun With Two New Vacation Homes

by Maggie Schneider
(Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)

“Cheers” creator James Burrows is enjoying two new vacation homes that he has acquired. The estates cost over $18 million altogether.

“Cheers” creator James Burrows does as well, and is doing so at his two new vacation properties. Buying properties on both coasts, the 81-year old sitcom legend will spend his downtime at his estates in Laguna Beach and Palm Desert.

Both Burrows’ new California homes are located in exclusive neighborhoods. The Laguna Beach property is gated within the Irvine Cove community, including a private beach. The Palm Desert spot is in the La Quinta neighborhood, which is also guarded by a gate. Both estates feature “resort-style amenities.”

In their everyday lives, the “Cheers” creator and his wife live in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. Buying their home for $12 million back in 2004, the estate is 13,000 square feet. It was photographed for Architectural Digest in 2016 and commended for its elegance and Mediterranean-style decor.

Fans are excited to see new images of the Burrows’ two vacation homes. For now, we’ll just have to wait and imagine the sun-soaked properties ourselves.

A New Era of Sitcomes

James Burrows knows his sitcoms. Having directed such iconic shows such as “Cheers,” “Will & Grace” and “Frasier,” the star has a lot to say about this genre of television. In an interview with Decider, he gives reasons why multi-camera sitcoms continue to stay on the air.

“Because it’s funny. It’s funny,” he begins. “It’s funnier than single-camera, because you have to make 300 people laugh every Wednesday night. And if they don’t laugh at the first joke, you change the joke. In single-camera, you only have to make the writers laugh.”

Burrows goes on to compare comedy and sitcoms to comedy in theatre. It is important to take the audience by surprise with each and every joke.

“I’m a Broadway rat, my dad was a Broadway playwright and director. I was brought up in the theater. It’s all about that opening night. It’s all about Wednesday night for everybody. We do as much theatrical machinations as we can to keep the audience surprised about what’s going to happen, because it is a theatrical experience. It’s all about making the jokes more powerful, because humor is surprise, and the first time you hear a joke, you’re gonna get the best reaction, because 90% of a joke is surprise. The [multi-cam] sitcom is just funnier because it has to be. It has to make the audience laugh. But I’ve been at the death of the sitcom many times, and somehow it seems to be revived.”