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Robin Williams, actor and comedian, may be coming back to the small screen in the form of a sitcom. The show, which is as yet untitled, is based around the advertising industry. It’s billed as "an advertising executive working alongside his daughter,” and is written by David E. Kelley, the creator of Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, and The Practice. Bill D’Elia has been chosen as executive director. The show is Kelley’s first half-hour sitcom since Doogie Howser, M.D.
This show would also be Williams’ first sitcom since his popular show Mork and Mindy, which aired in the seventies and followed an alien (Williams) sent to planet Earth to study human behavior.
After Robin’s sitcom, he began to focus more on big screen films like Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Jumanji. He went on to win an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting. My personal favorite of Williams’ is his role in August Rush. He plays the “caretaker” of sorts of an abandoned little boy who just so happens to be a musical prodigy. The boy’s success doesn’t always reflect on Williams’ character’s help and he gets pretty upset; at one point in the film, he forces the boy to stop his performance with a live orchestra band and come back to the hole-in-the-wall theater he lives in and go back to playing on street corners, making money for his “father.”
Williams isn’t the only star looking to head back to their small-screen roots; Matthew Perry, one of the original cast of the hit ’90s show Friends, is starring in the new show Go On, and Michael J. Fox is also resurrecting his career on the small screen with his new show, which NBC picked up earlier this month.
In the meantime, you can see Williams on the big screen this October in The Wedding (or The Big Wedding), which will also star Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, and Katherine Heigl. It will follow a couple who, though long divorced, pretend to be married and in love.
Keep an eye peeled for Robin Williams on the small screen!