Back in the late 1990s, David E. Kelley was accustomed to juggling multiple shows on an array of networks, often writing episodes for each series.
Those days may be returning.
On Tuesday, CBS ordered Kelley’s “Crazy Ones,” his first half-hour sitcom, to star Robin Williams. Kelley’s series have often delved into both drama and comedy, but this will be his first straight-up laffer. Series stars Williams in a father-daughter workplace vehicle set in the world of advertising. It marks the first regular live-action series role since Williams’ hit big in the 1978 sitcom “Mork & Mindy.”
From 20th Century Fox TV, “Crazy Ones” will be exec produced by Kelley, Dean Lorey, Bill D’Elia, John Montgomery, Mark Teitelbaum and Jason Winer.
Kelley also has TNT’s medical drama “Monday Mornings,” which bowed on Monday night. Based on the book by Sanjay Gupta, series examines closed-door meetings between doctors to discuss incidents of poor, and sometimes fatal, patient care.
Kelley was riding high 15 years ago when he had three shows on three nets: Fox’s “Ally McBeal,” ABC’s “The Practice” and CBS’ “Chicago Hope.” In fact, “Ally McBeal” and “The Practice” won the comedy and drama series Emmys, respectively, in 1999.
The trio are set to write and exec produce “Anatomy of Violence,” where a criminal psychologist with an expertise in sociopaths partners with a young female detective with whom he shares a conflicted past.
Show is produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Teakwood Lane.
From ABC Studios, show is centered at U.S. Cyber Command and focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift, a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.