CBS officially orders Robin Williams comedy pilot, possible ‘Mad Men’ spoof

CBSFor those of you who are begging to see Robin Williams back on TV as a permanent fixture, know this: the dream is now a step closer to coming true.

On Monday, CBS announced that they have picked up a half-hour comedy pilot from executive producer David E. Kelley (most recently of “Harry’s Law”) entitled “Crazy Ones,” which could be the first major series for Williams since first becoming a major star thanks to “Mork & Mindy” back in the late 1970s. Sadly, there is not much else known as of this writing about the pilot project just yet, including who some of his co-stars could be. The original pitch suggested that it would be set in advertising and would also feature the daughter of Williams’ character, but that was all the way back in August and much could have changed since then. (Then again, the title “Crazy Ones” still seems like a send up to “Mad Men” if we ever heard it.)

Ultimately, the fate of Williams’ series will be known come May, when the networks announce their full schedules at the upfront presentation. We would be stunned to see CBS not make a move here considering the actor’s reputation despite a pretty packed schedule; as a matter of fact, we are actually rather surprised at the moment that they did not just give the man at least a 13-episode commitment given what NBC recently handed to Michael J. Fox.

At the moment, the biggest and possibly only hole on the CBS schedule is Mondays at 8:30 p.m. Eastern after “How I Met Your Mother,” but this could change depending on whether or not “Two and a Half Men” is picked up for another season (which they are interested in doing).

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