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September 13, 2013 at 4:01 am #297864
New CBS comedy starring Robin Williams who runs ad agency with his daughter played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. Many people were happy to hear that those two are doing comedy series together and based on some first reactions it can be fine and in that case Robin and SMG can hope fore some awards in up coming season. Sereies premiers Thursday September 26.
Here is trailerSeptember 13, 2013 at 4:44 am #297866
Can’t wait for this.
With the night’s most promising new comedy, The Michael J. Fox Show,
consigned to Wednesdays in Canada despite airing Thursdays on parent
network NBC, Robin Williams’s sitcom The Crazy Ones is the best of an
unexpectedly lacklustre freshman class.
Williams plays Simon Roberts, the over-the-top, larger-than-life boss
of a flailing advertising agency desperate to keep a key client in the
series opener. His daughter Sydney, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, is
the ying to his yang — focused, organized and professional, but lacking
in creativity and the flair that made her father who he is.
The running joke, of course, is that she’s the parent in their
relationship — at one point he quips that he has 25 voices in his head,
as apt a description of Williams as the character he’s playing — and it
falls on her shoulders to save the agency.
James Wolk plays the dashing, handsome art director who’s always
bubbling over with ideas. Wolk was cast in The Crazy Ones before his
scene-stealing turn this past season in Mad Men, as mysterious junior
account executive and mystery man Bob Benson, and the timing could prove
unfortunate. The last thing The Crazy One needs is another reminder of
Mad Men: It already plays like a pallid imitation of Mad Men, intended
Behind the camera: Crazily enough, The Crazy Ones hails from David E.
Kelley, the veteran TV writer-producer known for courtroom dramas like
L.A. Law, The Practice and Boston Legal, hospital dramas like Chicago
Hope and Monday Mornings, and flights of fancy like Ally McBeal and The
Wedding Bells — but not a traditional TV comedy like The Crazy Ones.
Even so, Kelley said that writing for Williams — a comedian notorious
for his riffing off-script and improvising at the drop of a hat, so to
speak — was, and is, a rejuvenating experience that has kept him on his
“Both,” Kelley said last month, when asked if The Crazy Ones is
scripted or ad libbed. “He says my words perfectly. Then he uses his.
“From the minute we started shooting, he was pretty much
word-perfect. We have a script. We shoot the script. After we get a
scene, we ask him, ‘Do you want to play with it? Play with it.’ And he
does. He likes the box. He manages inside the box … then he tears the
box down. We always allow him a few takes where he gets to break out of
“What you have in the end is the basic architecture of the script,
but you also have ad libs and the spontaneity and joy of those
improvised moments as well.”
On the screen: Oh, boy. Almost everything about The Crazy Ones seems
frenetic and forced, almost to the point of being self-conscious.
Williams’s great strength as a standup comedian is the almost effortless
way he seems to channel different streams of thought at the same time,
with a dizzying parade of voices, accents and mannerisms, all the while
managing to remain witty. He isn’t asked to be a comedian in The Crazy
Ones, though. He’s supposed to play a part. And that part just isn’t
that interesting as Williams the comedian.
There are moments in The Crazy Ones, thankfully, when he does let go,
and one can see the sitcom it could be. The Crazy One’s biggest asset —
Williams — is also its biggest problem. In scene after scene, Williams
is working hard, too hard, to ever just be in the moment.
It’s hard to tell, based on the first episode alone, where The Crazy
Ones will go from here. There’s not enough of Williams’s signature
riffing to appeal to his legion of comedy fans, and the scripted comedy
isn’t interesting enough, or funny enough, on its own to appeal to fans
of traditional TV sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory.
The funniest moment in The Crazy Ones is an outtake at the end
credits, where Williams finally goes rogue during a take and Gellar is
in near hysterics. It’s a fun moment, but it’s never a good sign when
the funniest thing in a new comedy is the outtakes.September 13, 2013 at 5:32 am #297867
There can be some problems if they just let Robin do his stuff in most of scenes. It is still funny, but it really is playing safe. If they try and risk a little they have two great actors who can make this into much more then just fine show gaining viewers on names of two stars.September 13, 2013 at 7:36 am #297868
I think people may be putting a bit too much stock into Gellar, especially in regards to any chances she has to be awarded for this. I don’t know, something about this makes it seem like she’s going to be playing a thankless role with little to do other than react to Williams’ antics.
Hoping to be proven wrong, as I am a huge Buffy fan, but something about this just isn’t playing right to me.September 13, 2013 at 7:42 am #297869
^^You may be right, but I hope SMG gets to do more than just be the straight woman to Robin’s antics. The trailer I saw was hilarious, though it kind of made me wish Kelly Clarkson were the star of the show. She looks Emmy-worthy as a guest performer, from what I saw.September 13, 2013 at 7:53 am #297870
Gellar was absolutely godawful in Ringer, so I’m hoping that she’s remembered how to act again in this.September 13, 2013 at 8:25 am #297871
It has potential so I’ll give it a few episodesSeptember 13, 2013 at 9:16 am #297872
“Unexpectedly lacklustre freshman class.” – Weird statement. Don’t critics almost every season talk about how most of the new shows suck hard?
Kelly Clarkson’s said multiple times that she doesn’t want to be an actress, that she was basically forced into From Justin to Kelly and considers it embarrassing. But playing herself is probably cool for her.September 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm #297873
She at least seemed to enjoy herself here (based on the trailer), no doubt due to sitting opposite some actors like Williams and Wolk, who are actually talented and extremely energetic.September 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm #297874
Just watched the first look Trailer online. I agree with what most are saying here. Kelly Clarkson does look like she has some great work in The Crazy Ones. If this doesn’t get cancelled, Robin Williams is obviously the closest thing to a lock anyone can come to for a nomination. Sarah Michelle Gellar does look like she is just reacting to everything Williams does, but that part where she sings in the restaraunt does look good. I’ll give the show a shot, just not sure how long I can stay with it.September 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm #297875
“EW has learned exclusively that Emmy Award winner Brad Garrett is slated
to appear alongside Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar in at
least two episodes of their forthcoming CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones. On
the show, Williams and Gellar play a father-daughter duo who work at a
Chicago advertising agency, called Lewis, Roberts & Roberts.
Garrett’s character will be the “Lewis” part of that equation.”September 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm #297876
Here is one reaction to pilot i found:
The Crazy Ones, “Pilot”
Written and Created by David E. Kelley
Directed by Jason Winer
Airs Thursdays at 9pm EST on CBS
As CBS’s one promising comedy pilot, The Crazy Ones (premiering on Sept. 26th) manages to do several things right. It has a strong cast, led by Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, with James Wolk, Amanda Setton, and Hamish Linklater in supporting roles, a relatable premise, and the pilot actually has a few solid laughs. The series centers on the father-daughter relationship of Williams and Gellar, who run Williams’ ad firm together, but the business is struggling and in the pilot, they’re in danger of losing their biggest client. Economic or business struggles are something a lot of Americans can relate to, and the desperation from both leads feels authentic. There are quiet moments that allow Williams and Gellar to relate on a more personal level that work nicely, but unfortunately, these are few and far between, with Williams playing up his schtick and Gellar relegated to the humorless wet blanket role. Hopefully, moving forward, creator David E. Kelley will tone down the Williams bits (there’s nothing new there- we’ve heard these voices before) and allow Gellar more room to show of the comedy chops she honed on Buffy (“That’ll put marzipan in your pie plate, bingo!”).
Elsewhere in the pilot, James Wolk hams it up with Williams, complimenting his style and more than keeping up, and establishes a great rapport with guest star Kelly Clarkson playing herself, who acquits herself well and, if Kelley and co. can make it happen, will most likely pop up again in the future. Setton and Linklater get very little to do in the pilot, but both have done strong comedic work elsewhere and should complement the whole nicely once they’re given more to work with. As long as Kelley and the writers and directors can keep Williams from overtaking the series, The Crazy Ones has potential to grow into an interesting, funny series and is certainly the best bet this fall for CBS comedies.September 25, 2013 at 10:51 pm #297877
Reading through the mixed reviews, and James Wolk and (surprisingly) Kelly Clarkson are getting the best reviews, several reviews saying all of the stuff that revolves around Clarkson’s guest appearance are the highlights. Unfortunately, Gellar is getting the worst reviews, though they say it’s mostly due to the writing of her character. None-the-less, I’m gonna give this one a shot.September 26, 2013 at 12:13 pm #297878
Few more hours and here we go! All reviews so far are either favourable or mixed, but most of those mixed are on margin to being good so we can hope for this!September 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm #297879
Easily the premier I’m most looking forward to…Such a great cast and I’m a David Kelley fan (Ally McBeal is still in my top 10 of all time favs). Hopefully the pilot is solid and then the show can build from there.
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