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February/March 2006

By: Marsha Gorodkin

The creative television writing and

producing team of Joey Gutierrez and

Diane Burroughs have written for a string of

successful sitcoms. Their current hit is the

show they created, Still Standing, now in its

4th season. Still Standing is a comedy about

a blue-collar Chicago couple working to

raise their three children without losing

sight of the cool couple they used to be. The

show stars Mark Addy, Jami Gertz, Jennifer

Irwin, Taylor Ball, Renee Olstead, Soleil

Borda and Joel Murray. One of CBS Studio

Center’s longest-running current productions,

Still Standing established its home on Stage

20 and the Mack Sennett Building.  

Before embarking on their television

careers, Burroughs and Gutierrez were

involved in Chicago’s stand-up circuit

fulfilling a childhood passion for comedy.

Gutierrez’ father, a steel worker, drove him

to the local comedy clubs for two years until

he was old enough to drive himself. From

the tender age of 16 and for the next 13

years Gutierrez performed on stage in

various clubs including The ImprovCaroline’s

Comedy Club, and Catch a Rising Star. He also

made a variety of television appearances on

shows such as The David Brenner Show,

Evening at the Improv and  Caroline's Comedy

Hour. His first paying gig came from

Arsenio Hall. States Gutierrez, “I performed

at the Komedy Kove and earned five bucks a

set. Back then it was a huge deal to me.”

While continuing stand-up at a local

Chicago club, Zanies, Gutierrez met Jerry

Seinfeld. Shortly thereafter he wrote Jerry

Seinfeld’s “uncredited” stand-up material

for the first five seasons of the critically

acclaimed sitcom Seinfeld.   

Still OutStanding

Clockwise Mark Addy, Jami Gertz, 

Jennifer Irwin, Taylor Ball, Renee Olstead 

and Soleil Borda 

(continued on page 3)

Still Standing can be seen

on Wednesday nights at

8:00 p.m. (PST) on CBS.

February/March 2006



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That 70’s Show



(CBS Productions/CBS)


(NBC Universal TV/NBC)

According To Jim

(Touchstone TV/ABC)

Malcolm In The Middle

(Regency TV/Fox)

Half and Half

(CBS Productions/UPN)


(Warner Brothers TV/WB)

Will & Grace

(NBC Universal TV/NBC)


(Touchstone TV/ABC)

Still Standing

(Twentieth Century Fox TV/CBS)

Courting Alex

(Touchstone TV/CBS)

Bernie Mac

(Regency TV/Fox)


Marsha Gorodkin


Elizabeth Gulick

37th Annual NAACP

Image Award Nominations

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Bernie Mac Show

Half and Half

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Bernie Mac – The Bernie Mac Show

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Rachel True – Half and Half

Outstanding Supporting Actor in Comedy

Chico Benymon – Half and Half

Outstanding Supporting Actress in Comedy

Camille Winbush - The Bernie Mac Show

Kellita Smith – The Bernie Mac Show

Telma Hopkins – Half and Half

Valarie Pettiford – Half and Half

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Hill Harper – CSI: NY

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime 

Drama Series

Marla Gibbs – Passions

Tracey Ross – Passions

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)

BET Awards 2005 - BET

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Millicent Shelton – The Bernie Mac Show

12th Annual SAG Award


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a

Comedy Series

Sean Hayes – Will & Grace

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in

a Comedy Series

Megan Mullally – Will & Grace




Valentines Day


Presidents Day


Mardi Gras


Ash Wednesday


78th Annual Academy



St. Patrick’s Day


Spring Equinox


Which Saturday

Night Live cast member

created the character of the

little girl  named “Judy

Miller,” also the name of

Jami Gertz’s character on

Still Standing?

Hint:  Jami Gertz portrayed her in the TV


ANSWER on page 4

February/March 2006


Burroughs pursued a modeling career

in the 80’s but her talents were more than

skin-deep. She produced a monthly

newsletter,  Models Network, to help young

models meet legitimate people in the

industry. The newsletter featured interviews

with photographers and agents, and

provided advice shared by other models.

Having successfully met the challenges of

modeling, Burroughs decided to pursue her

passion for improv comedy and stand-up.

Realizing too soon that opportunities

for women in stand-up were scarce, the

aspiring comedienne, determined to be

more proactive, created Chicago Women in

Comedy. Burroughs explains, “We got our

own venues and rented out clubs so that

talented female comediennes had more

opportunities to make a living and work on

their craft.” Her initiative paid off when this

gained the attention of the press and many

of their shows sold out. The genre of the ‘all

female night of entertainment’ created by

Burroughs continued for several years. The

shows would later be incorporated into a

cabaret with medleys of songs and


Gutierrez and Burroughs met at

Chicago’s famous Second City, the theatre

that launched the careers of such comic

greats as John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill

Murray, Gilda Radner, and more. They

began writing many scripts together but the

team’s television career began with the help

of good friend, actor, writer, producer and

alumni of Second City Chicago, Timothy

Kazurinsky. “He sent one of our scripts to

Married With Children and they liked it. So

we just packed our stuff and drove out to

Los Angeles. Nine months later Married

With Children bought our first script. 

Following the sale of their first script to

Married With Children, Gutierrez and

Burroughs joined the Warner Brothers

Writer’s Workshop. Their first jobs after

graduating the program were executive

story editors on the series Martin.

Additional television credits include co-

executive producers on the series Yes, Dear

for CBS, and The Drew Carey Show.


(cont’d from page 1)

Recent CBS Staff

Appointments &


Marisa Johnson,

Coordinator, MIS


Marisa is a recent

graduate of California

Lutheran University in

Thousand Oaks where

she majored in Marketing

Communications. She

comes to us from CBS Television City where

she assisted the President of CBS

Entertainment. In her new job Marisa will

provide administrative and marketing support

to the MIS team by assisting with daily desktop

and internet service requests, documenting

trouble tickets and monitoring response time

to all service calls. She will also be responsible

for weekly client billing and maintaining all

records of work performed by the department.

In her spare time Marisa likes taking day trips

where she can explore new cities, museums

and restaurants. She also takes pride in

spending time with her family as well as her

beloved pets (one large Akita and two spoiled

black cats).   

David Limon,

Director of Safety and


Prior to joining CBS in

December, David was the

Director of Facility

Operations at UPN. In

his new job David will

be responsible for

performing job safety analysis for all Studio

departments, implementing and maintaining

the Studio’s Emergency Preparedness Plan as

well as Studio’s Injury and Illness Prevention

Plan. He will maintain Studio compliance with

all OSHA and Cal-OSHA regulations, oversee

the Studio’s stage safety inspections and

implement the employee safety training

program. David has been married to his wife

Denise for four years and they have two kids,

David Jr. age 4, and Sophia age 2, and the third

baby is due any day now. In addition to

spending time with his wife and kids David

enjoys watching T.V. 

Adam Hartshorn,

Mailroom Supervisor

Adam has been a

mainstay in the CBS

Studio Center mailroom

for several years.  In this

newly created position he

will primarily be

responsible for the

training and supervision of delivery personnel,

and will directly assist with all aspects of the

daily mailroom operation. Adam aspires to

music and stunt driving. He plays bass guitar in

a rock band, Shotgun and is currently

recording a demo. Adam has taken

professional stunt driving courses and hopes to

one day perfect the skills which would enable

him to be a professional stunt driver. He has

been married to his wife Anna for seven years. 

Mike Lyons,


Technical Specialist

M i k e   h a s   w o r k e d ,

of f and on, as an

outside contractor for

CBS Studio Center


Department since 1993.

He has been involved in several cabling

projects to provide voice and data services as

well as cabling for security and wireless

telephone systems. In his new position Mike is

involved in the ongoing implementation of the

new Nortel phone system and provides

telephone and premises cabling repair services

to all our clients. Mike plays guitar, bass guitar

and drums and has an appreciation of the

world’s music. He aspires to advance or

‘forward’ his personal favorite, Reggae, the

music of Jamaica, claiming that the very blood

within him flows Red, Gold, and Green. When

not at work or commuting, Mike can usually be

found at home with his pet, a small

tortoiseshell cat on his lap or on weekends

spending time with his teenage son, Matt. 

February/March 2006





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