Robin Williams is back! And he has Sarah Michelle Gellar with him. The two are throwing rock'em-sock'em punches in the ad world in CBS' new comedy The Crazy Ones. The above video gives us a look at the series, which focuses on the personal and working relationship of Williams' character Simon Roberts and his daughter Sydney (Gellar). Get ready for a lot of riffing.
Williams is known for his funny ramblings, and based on the preview for The Crazy ones, it looks like executive producers David E. Kelley and EP/director Jason Winer are making good use of that. Here's CBS' full description for the series.
Academy Award winner Robin Williams returns to series television in THE CRAZY ONES, 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. Simon Roberts (Williams) is the head of a powerful agency, with the biggest clients and brands in the world, but even more important to him is that his daughter Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is by his side. As his partner, Sydney is Simon’s exact opposite – focused, organized and eager to make a name for herself, but also too busy parenting her father, which she’d resent if he wasn’t so brilliant at what he does.
Joining them in the firm are the dashing and talented Zach (James Wolk); art director Andrew (Hamish Linklater), who’s as hard-working as he is neurotic; and the beautiful and deceptively smart assistant Lauren (Amanda Setton). With his team and his daughter behind him, Simon continues to set the advertising world on fire, and it looks like they are definitely buying what these crazy ones are selling. Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner David E. Kelley (“Ally McBeal” and “The Practice”), Bill D’Elia, Emmy Award winner Jason Winer (“Modern Family”), Dean Lorey, John Montgomery and Mark Teitelbaum are executive producers for Twentieth Century Fox Television. Jason Winer directed the pilot.
CBS has The Crazy Ones set to air at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday nights, between newcomer The Millers and returning comedy Two and a Half Men. I'm really curious to see how Gellar does, given that she's much more associated with dramas, going back to her Buffy the Vampire Days, or further than that, Swans Crossing. More recently, she was in the CW's Ringer. But we've seen her be funny before, between her film appearances and some of the more humorous moments in Buffy. For Williams, this is a return to television. The actor's early work includes a starring role in Mork & Mindy, but he went on to make an even bigger name for himself in film over the decades that followed. Given that these two are starring together and much of the focus of the series is on their characters' relationship, it'll be exciting to see how Williams and Gellar work together on screen and what kind of laughs this series delivers.
CBS has The Crazy Ones set to air Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET starting this fall. View CBS' full 2013-2014 line-up here.