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King, Michael Patrick (b. 1954)  
 
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Nonetheless, King was nominated for the 2006 Emmy for Outstanding Director for a Comedy Series for his work on The Comeback.

In 2011, he returned to network television with the successful CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, which he co-created with the comedian Whitney Cummings. The show, set in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, concerns two young women and their efforts to start a cupcake business.

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King has often stated that he enjoys writing for "strong female characters."

"I'm comfortable with women," he added. "Women characters are allowed to be more emotional--both comically and dramatically."

King is working on several more television series as both writer and producer.

He currently lives in Manhattan with his partner. He is reluctant to talk about his relationship publicly.

Craig Kaczorowski

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    Bibliography
   

Abramowitz, Rachel. "The Directors: Michael Patrick King and Sex and the City 2." Los Angeles Times (May 2, 2010): http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/02/ entertainment/la-ca-satc-20100502-39.

Harrington, Nancy. "Michael Patrick King Interview." Archive of American Television (May 25, 2011): http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/michael-patrick-king#.

Hensley, Dennis. "Hooked on Sex: HBO's Sex and the City Revolves around Straight Women, but the Saucy Sitcom Has a Gay Sensibility All Its Own." The Advocate (November 23, 1999): 88.

Simon, Ron. "Sex and the City." The Essential HBO Reader. Edgerton, Gary R., and Jeffrey P. Jones, eds. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2009. 193-203.

 

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    Author: Kaczorowski, Craig  
    Entry Title: King, Michael Patrick  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2014  
    Date Last Updated May 29, 2014  
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