Robin Williams got his start in television and was a huge hit on that medium, and then moved on to the big screen where he became an Academy Award winning star. Now he is returning to TV in a new fall TV series called The Crazy Ones. After the success of The Office, this new fall TV show has amazing potential given its similar single-camera camera approach to following a workplace that has some real characters ion it.
Mr. Williams plays a larger-than-life ad man who has an often off-the-wall approach that is close to unbelievable and usually incredibly funny and creative. As the boss of the ad firm he can take these risks and do these outrageous things with few repercussions. And given the success of the agency, it is hard for anyone to argue with his incredible methods. But he does have to answer to someone very important, despite the fact that he is the boss, and that is his daughter as played by another former TV star Sarah Michelle Gellar. As you might expect, his daughter is his foil, so different in so many ways . She is meticulous and wants to stay within the lines. She wishes that she could advance her own name but how to do so when so much energy needs to go into controlling her larger-than-life father?
Led by these two powerful and successful actors, and supported by a great cast, we have high hopes for this particular new fall TV show. And given how successful its producers have been at capturing TV audiences (David E. Kelley brought us “Ally McBeal” and “The Practice” while more recently Jason Winer brought us “Modern Family”) this one seems sure to be a hit. CBS TV may be following in the footsteps of an NBC hit, but this new fall TV show seems to have enough distinction on its own to develop a unique and perhaps equally large following.