"Mork & Mindy" fans who turn in for the reunion of Robin Williams and Pam Dawber on tonight's episode of "The Crazy Ones" won't be disappointed. Or so says Dawber, who told reporters, "They will be very satisfied."
It was Williams who initially broached the idea of having Dawber as a guest star on his new CBS series, but he says he never really thought it would happen … until it did. So what was it like working together again more than 30 years after "Mork & Mindy" went off the air?
"It was like an old shoe," Dawber said.
"That fits somewhat more loosely," Williams said, finishing her sentence. "It's nice that way. It was so wonderful to see Pam after so long. She looks the same. It was like, 'Wow, Dawber!'"
The distaff side of Mork & Mindy went on to say, "It's like in life, when you have an old friend. It doesn't matter if you don't see each other every week or every year, you just kind of connect on a level. To be able to walk into the room for the reading, see Robin and just reconnect with him was really like that. It was hard to believe it was that many years since we had really spent any time together. Just because there's a simpatico there between the two of us. We kind of picked right up again."
Dawber will play Lily, a writer, who becomes involved with Simon, the ad exec played by Williams. She says what made her agree to the guest role was the script, which gave her a lot more to do than she did on "Mork & Mindy," where she was the straight woman who set up the jokes.
But she also is quick to point out that she is not looking for a return to series any time soon. She isn't thrilled by the early hours. Rather, she wanted to see Williams again, and she was excited to have the opportunity to work with him again, but she is content with her choices in life. She is married to "NCIS" star Mark Harmon and they have two children together.
"There's a point where something has to give," Dawber said. "I had really come to a decision where I had had the opportunity to do just about everything you can do in show business. And I really wanted to stay home and raise my kids. I wanted to be home, I wanted to make them dinner, I wanted to drive them to school, and participate in that part of life.
"And, you know, show biz had changed, too. The TV movie business, which is what worked for me as a mother, being able to go away once or twice a year and do a TV movie... those went away. So I didn't want to go back to any sort of series work, because I would never see my husband, I would never see my kids. So I quit. I went back briefly but just felt like if I want to stay married -- and I've been married 27 years -- something's gotta give. You can have it all, but you just can't have it all at the same time. And I like being home when my husband comes home."
What has taken her by surprise since the announcement of her guest star role on "The Crazy Ones" is the fact that there is so much excitement on the part of the fans, who are happy to hear that she and Williams are back together.
"'Mork & Mindy' was such a long time ago, and so long gone, I'm warmed and thrilled that people are excited, and, hopefully, they'll love this moment in time when we come back together," she says.
"The Crazy Ones" airs Thursday, April 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.