James Burrows was the director behind some of the most iconic ‘Friends’ episodes ever — so we had to hear about his experience on ‘The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break.’
“We were on a break” became a staple of Friends, and James Burrows has some secrets to reveal about that specific storyline. In a way, it was different than any other episode he had directed — and he spoke exclusively to HollywoodLife.com about just that, right before he shot his 1000th episode ever of TV on NBC’s Crowded.
“That was the only show I’ve ever used six cameras on,” he told HollywoodLife.com about “The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break,” Friends‘ 15th episode of season three. “I had to have three cameras in one room and three cameras in the other room.”
“I had a great time on that show. The writing was so fu-king good. It’s such a shame it took nine years for people in the Academy to realize how good the writing was on that show,” he told us. Friends won its first Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in its ninth year. “It was overshadowed by how handsome and beautiful the people on that show were, and you failed to see they were telling three stories every week. And they were clever stories and they were funny stories.”
As for his next project, he’s just focusing on Crowded — and no, it won’t be going live anytime soon. “I did two live Will & Grace’s, where I controlled the dial of America,” he told us. “Back in the early 2000s. I had a great time, I was really nervous, but I had a great time. No, I’m fine with this process. I did enjoy the live, but I’m fine with this.”
The James Burrows tribute airs on NBC on Sunday at 9PM.