Extreme funny man Robin Williams, who appeared regularly on a TV series way back in 1982, is returning to his TV roots more than three decades later with a new show titled “The Crazy Ones.” During an interview that aired on “Entertainment Tonight” on Sept. 2, Williams stated that he was making his move to the silver screen because of “the people.” On Monday, he explained on-air that the cast of “The Crazy Ones” is the main reason why he agreed to do a regular TV series once again, after making more than 60 movies that grossed in excess of $3 billion worldwide.
Robin Williams became a household name when he played the alien Mork on “Mork & Mindy” from 1978-1982. He later reached a wider audience with his stand-up comedy specials “Off the Wall,” “An Evening with Robin Williams” and “Robin Williams: Live at the Met” on HBO. His 2002 one-man show “Robin Williams: Live on Broadway” landed in the 13th position on Comedy Central’s list of “100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.”
Although he began his career in television, Williams concentrated on making feature films. His first movie was “Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses,” which premiered in 1977. “Good Morning Vietnam” in 1987 earned Williams his first Academy Award nomination. He later won a Best Supporting Oscar for “Good Will Hunting” and more Oscar nominations for “Dead Poets Society” and “The Fisher King.” In 2005, he received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes in recognition of his lifetime achievements.
Now, after more than three decades, Robin Williams is set to make his highly anticipated TV comeback. “The Crazy Ones” is a single-camera workplace comedy about a larger-than-life advertising genius whose unorthodox methods and unpredictable behavior would get him fired – if he weren’t the boss. Williams plays Simon Ross, the head of the agency, and Sarah Michelle Gellar plays his levelheaded daughter. On Monday, Gellar joked on “ET” and exclaimed, “The show is Robin Williams! That’s all you need to know. Be very afraid!”
According to CBS, Executive Producer Dean Lorey gives Williams complete creative freedom on “The Crazy Ones.” “We just feed him a few ideas, point him in a direction and sit back and enjoy,” he recently stated. In addition to Williams, the new comedy series will also feature guest stars. “Entertainment Weekly” reported that Kelly Clarkson will appear as herself in the pilot, to be followed by Josh Groban in the sixth episode.
James Wolk from the Golden Globe-nominated mini series “Political Animals;” Amanda Setton from “Gossip Girl” and “The Mindy Project; and Hamish Linklater from “The Good Wife,” “The Newsroom” and “The Big C” also star in “The Crazy Ones.”
To catch Robin Williams back in action on TV, be sure to check out the premiere of “The Crazy Ones,” which airs at 9 p.m. EST (8 p.m. CST) on Thursday, Sept. 26 on CBS. For a preview, be sure to check out he video above and to the left.
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