You know how Robin Williams can sometimes be a little too Robin Williams? It’s annoying isn’t it? What starts out funny turns into a 10 minute gag with multiple characters and accents and lots of uncomfortable laughter from those on the receiving end. Thankfully, Robin Williams is only slightly Robin Williams in The Crazy Ones.
This show seems like the perfect fit for Williams’ return to series television. As legendary advertising agency exec Simon Roberts, he still gets to flex his funny bone but there are some serious undertones in Roberts’ back history (divorce and possibly depression) that keep Williams grounded enough to ensure he doesn’t fly too much into the crazy Robin Williams category.
Playing the perfect polar opposite is Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Simon’s straight-laced and all professional daughter and co-partner Sydney Roberts. Gellar easily holds her own with grim professional determination playing opposite Williams and the two bring a believable father/daughter relationship on screen.
There’s also some great casting in the co roles with Hamish Linklater (The New Adventures of Old Christine), James Wolk (Mad Men) and Amanda Setton (The Mindy Project) who all get their fair share of laughs.
This first episode brings us straight into the action with a wayward Simon and a worrisome Sydney desperately trying not to loose their biggest client in McDonald’s.
The Crazy Ones premier’s on Sunday October 20th on FOX8 via Foxtel.
BTW – keep and eye out for singer Kelly Clarkson playing herself in this episode. She’s piss funny and should be brought back for more!
Time to talk ratings. What people watched and what they didn’t. The ‘fall season’ premiere week is now over in the USA and it revealed some rather surprising results.
The Blacklist was the most watched new drama of the lot. Nothing surprising there. The show received a lot of hype in it’s lead up with and just under 13 million viewers in America tuned in while Hostages was on the complete opposite side with only 7.4 million viewers. I’m a bit worried for Hostages as it’s home network (CBS) is known for offering shows that bring in massive viewers. A show with even more hype – Marvels Agents of SHIELD came in with 12.12 million.
Sleepy Hollow was a surprise win for FOX which saw 10.1 million viewers tune in against tough competition and seems like the only jewel in the networks line-up.
some comedies didn’t fare too well. The Anna Faris led sitcom Mom nabbed 8 million viewers (it’s a terrible show and i’d expect that to drop more next week) while my favorite to come out Trophy Wife brought in just under 7 million for ABC. On the upper scale for comedies, The Goldbergs did well with 8.94 million and the most watched premiere of the week?
The Crazy Ones starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams. The show brought in a massive 15.52 million viewers and was the number one viewed show for the week. I’m thinking FOX8 must be pretty chuffed having picked this one up from free-to-air networks.
I had been waiting to hear which free-to-air channel would pick up new comedy The Crazy Ones due to premiere in the USA shortly and in a surprise move, Fox8 have picked up the rights to air the comedy starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The comedy set inside an advertising agency sees Williams playing father to Gellar and is William’s return to series television since Mork and Mindy.
Oscar-winner Robin Williams returns to his television roots with his signature brand of humor in the inspired workplace comedy from 20th Century Fox TV, The Crazy Ones. As a renowned advertising genius whose unorthodox methods would get him fired – if he weren’t the boss – he heads a powerful agency with the biggest clients and brands in the world. The office is staffed with an eclectic group intent on keeping his antics in check, including his daughter Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who often questions her father’s sanity while trying to make a name for herself in the advertising world.
The Crazy Ones is set to premiere Sunday October 20th on Fox8
Television in the 1990’s was massive. It was a time before reality TV became the monster that it is today. The ratings were big and the hair was even bigger. Stars like Gillian Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Julian McMahon were finding their feet in prime-time shows and the term ‘shipper’ was created. Cable networks virtually consisted of running shows in syndication and wasn’t until the mid 90’s that cable channels began to offer original shows. Sitcoms were popular and covered almost every topic, legal and law enforcement shows were in demand and family drama’s threw almost anything imaginable at us.
Sci-fi and fantasy shows filled prime-time viewing slots with The X-Files (1993) taking prime position and re-invigorating a genre that would spawn a slew of shows that took us into space, fighting vampires and into other worlds.
According to imdb.com, the top show in the genre during the 90’s is Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The show about a teenage girl who finds herself betrothed as ‘the slayer’ was based off the movie with the same title (starring Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry began in 1997 on the WB network (Now CW network) and became an instant cult hit. The series lasted 7 seasons, made a star out of it’s lead Sarah Michelle Gellar and created the popular spin-off Angel starring David Boreanaz. (Angel lasted 5 seasons).
Following close behind in popularity, is the fantasy themed Charmed. Created by Aaron Spelling, the show about three sisters, each with their own unique power is still to this day, remembered favorably by many. In true Spelling style, the show, along with it’s supernatural elements (a first for an Aaron Spelling production), also heavily relied on its drama and relationship story-lines and brought back three familiar faces to our tv screens in the form of Shannon Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210), Holly Marie-Combs (Picket Fences) and Alyssa Milano (Who’s The Boss).
While on shows with a supernatural element, the alien themed teen drama Roswell also found itself with a cult status following. While never really finding a high viewership, the show struggled to find an even balance between the drama and supernatural elements and alienated it’s audience (pun intended). Roswell lasted 3 seasons.
When speaking of fantasy themed shows of the 90’s, you can’t forget about Hercules:The Legendary Journeys (starring well built Kevin Sorbo) and it’s equally popular spin-off Xena Warrior Princess (starring equally well built Lucy Lawless) Both shows managed an impressive 6 seasons each with Xena garnering a more stronger following (perhaps due to the faux lesbian elements the show toyed with)
Intergalactic shows about space, time travel and other worlds were not only popular with viewers, but were also in abundance with variety. Star Trek: The Next Generation (although premiered in 1987) ran for 8 seasons before it’s cancellation in 1994 and spawned two spin-offs, Star Trek Voyager (1995 running 7 seasons) and Star Trek Deep Space Nine (1993 running 7 seasons) and in 1995, Sliders introduced us to Jerry O’Connell and his friends using a wormhole to ‘slide’ his way through to and explore parallel universes.
Probably the most well known show from this era and genre’ was the alien themed X-Files starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as a pair of FBI agents set out to investigate cases of the paranormal. Cases of little green men, sewer monsters and inbred hillbillies made for must-see TV and would often bring in 13-15 million viewers weekly in the US. The show made way for a spin-off titled The Lone Gunmenand similar show Millennium starring Lance Henriksen and created by Chris Carter (Which also saw a cross-over with The X-Files). Other shows such as Dark Skies and American Gothic came and left within the space of a season.
Check out the gallery of well-known 90’s shows all featuring that sci-fi/fantasy genre.
Keep an eye out for the next part in this series: Best of the 90s – Comedy