Robin Williams plays Sarah Michelle Gellar's dad in TV comedy (Photo)
What if "Mad Men" hired The Genie from "Aladdin" and "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"?
That's not actually happening, but CBS appears to have gotten pretty close. Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar will appear this fall in a new comedy from the network, titled "The Crazy Ones," playing a father who works with his daughter at his ad agency.
This marks the 62-year-old Oscar-winning actor's first major TV comedy role since he rose to fame with the 1970s series "Mork & Mindy." Gellar, 36, was last seen in the short-lived drama series "Ringer" last year and is best known for her title role in the "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" series in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The show is described as multi-generational family comedy and will air on Thursdays at 9 p.m., CBS announced in a statement obtained by OTRC.com on Thursday, May 15. The executive producer is David E. Kelley, known for "Ally McBeal," "Boston Legal" and "Harry's Law."
"The Crazy Ones" depicts the life of "a larger-than-life advertising genius whose unorthodox methods and unpredictable behavior would get him fired ... if he weren't the boss," CBS said, "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," the network added in its statement.
Other cast members include James Wolm, who plays a "dashing" and "talented" copywriter named Zach, Hamish Linklater, who plays a "hard-working" and "neurotic" art director named Andrew and Amanda Setton, who plays the "beautiful and deceptively smart assistant Lauren."