A former stand-up comic-turned-television scribe, Michael Patrick King was one of the driving creative forces behind the television series and pop culture juggernaut "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004...
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|Executive produced and wrote for the CBS comedy series "Murphy Brown" (CBS); received an Emmy nomination in 1993 for Outstanding Comedy Series|
|Played an HBO publicist in the comedy special "Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO)|
|Moved to NYC as an aspiring actor|
|Wrote for the CBS comedy series "Cybill," starring Cybill Shepherd in the lead role|
|Executive produced and wrote for the HBO comedy series "The Comeback," starring Lisa Kudrow as a former TV actress filming a reality show|
|Directed (also wrote and produced) the film version of his successful hit show "Sex and the City: The Movie"|
|Produced (also directed and wrote) the hit HBO comedy series "Sex and the City"; show inspired by Candice Bushnell's New York Observer articles and book of the same name; earned several award nominations for producing, directing and writing|
|Moved to Los Angeles, CA|
|Began doing standup comedy and writing plays|
|TV series writing debut, "The Sweet Life" (Comedy Channel)|
|With Whitney Cummings, co-created the CBS sitcom "2 Broke Girls"; also executive produced|
|Served as consulting producer for NBC's "Will & Grace"; also wrote several episodes|
|Directed (also wrote and produced) "Sex and the City 2"|
|Wrote and directed episodes of the CBS comedy series "Good Advice"|
A native of Scranton, PA, King was born on Sept. 14, 1954. His initial show business interest was acting, and he moved to New York in the 1980s to try his hand at it. The results were less than satisfying, so he shifted his attention to work behind the scenes as a playwright and spent time moonlighting as a stand-up comic. Among the many talents with whom he crossed paths during this period was comic Mario Cantone, who later played manic event planner Anthony Marentino on "Sex and the City." Almost out of the gate, King's writing and comedy efforts were met with praise, and he soon found himself penning television scripts in Los Angeles. Producer Diane English was among the first to recognize his talents, hiring him as a writer and executive producer on her series "Murphy Brown," which earned King his first Emmy nomination in 1993. Writing and producing duties soon followed on episodes of "Cybill" (CBS, 1995-98) and "Will and Grace." King also made his first inroads as a director on the short-lived series "Good Advice" (CBS, 1993-94).
When producer Darren Star began developing writer Candace Bushnell's popular New York Observer column "Sex and the City" as a television series, he tapped King to serve as one of the show's chief writers and executive producers. King was largely responsible for crafting the identities of the show's four main characters, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, as strong, independent women who actively sought out and fought for love, respect and intimacy in their relationships. The show was quickly praised for these attributes, as well as for the crispness of the writing and its glamorous costumes and settings. By the time the show had run its course in 2004, "Sex and the City" was a bona fide cultural touchstone for women, gay men and more than a few straight men, earning seven Emmys and eight Golden Globes, as well as countless other accolades. For his work on the show, King netted two Emmys for his direction and three Producers Guild Awards, as well as numerous nominations.
After the media blitz surrounding the finale of "Sex and the City" subsided, King went to work as writer and producer for another HBO program, this time with "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) star Lisa Kudrow. "The Comeback" (HBO, 2005) was a biting single camera comedy about a one-time TV star (Kudrow) who struggles to regain her footing in Hollywood by taking a humiliating role in a terrible TV sitcom. The show received mixed ratings from critics, who singled out Kudrow's performance as its strongest element. Ultimately, it was pulled from the HBO lineup in late 2005.
After "The Comeback," King worked on an off-off Broadway revue titled "At Least It's Pink" and collaborated with The Other Writers Room Network, an audio series for aspiring comedy scribes, to provide advice and perspective on writing in Hollywood. In 2007, he was tapped to write and direct the big screen version of "Sex and the City" for New Line Cinema. The film project, which was initially slated for a 2004 release date but was reportedly pushed due to personal conflicts between Parker (who served with King as one of the film's executive producers) and Cattrall, who wanted a more substantial salary, hit theaters in May 2008 to positive reviews and an impressive box office response by the show's loyal followers. The film's debut became, in fact, a reason for girlfriends to gather en masse to watch their "Fab Four," proving the studio mentality that women could not open films completely short-sighted.
Although not the smash hit that its predecessor was, "Sex and the City 2" (2010) nonetheless performed admirably at the box office, providing King with another notch on his writer-director belt. The following year, he provided similar duties for the pilot "Mann's World" (NBC, 2011), a comedy starring Don Johnson as an aging celebrity hairstylist trying to cope with the rapidly changing world around him. Alongside comedian-actress Whitney Cummings he co-created and produced "2 Broke Girls" (CBS, 2011- ), starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs as two diner waitresses trying to raise start-up money for a business of their own. The sitcom became another hit series for King after it became one of the few new shows to make a dent in the ratings in its all-important first season.
|"I think the show is about empowering the individual. We slayed the dragon that said if you're not married you're not worthy. That voice is very feminist. I believe that is the reason the show existed - there was a very quiet voice that wasn't being magnified in women that said, 'I'm enough.'" - King on "Sex and the City," quoted in Emmy magazine, Issue No. 2, 2012|
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