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Hey you! This isn't a review, it's a PREview. Huge difference. Most notably, the "P." Also, these PREviews are based on early cuts of pilots that might change drastically by the time they officially hit the air, so we can't properly review them. But we CAN give you an idea of what to expect. In this series of early looks at the new shows of fall 2013, there's no contemplating, no deep analysis; just super-duper quick thoughts on what we just watched that we're passing on to you. We'll revisit each previewed show in the fall with the hyper-intellectual breakdowns and fart jokes you're used to from us goons here at TV.com. 



The Crazy Ones – Thursdays starting September 26 at 9pm on CBS

STARRING AND CREATED BY: Welcome to the Sarah Michelle Gellar's return to television! It's been over a year since Gellar last held a lead role in primetime. Oh, it's also the return of some guy named Robin Williams who hasn't been a television regular in 31 years. Meanwhile, Lone Star's James Wolk is giving the small screen another shot (won't someone help find the guy an established role already?), accompanied by Hamish Linklater (The New Adventures of Old Christine) and Amanda Setton (The Mindy Project) to round out the main cast. The Crazy Ones is a David E. Kelley's creations, making this the 1,045,837th show he's brought to television so far. However, I think this is his first half-hour comedy. 


THE GIST: A father (Williams) and his daughter (Gellar) are partners at a big advertising firm. He's old and zany, she's driven and practical. Clash! Clash! Clash! But together they figure out a way to get the deal done and keep the clients happy. 


SNAP JUDGMENT: Classic David E. Kelley, minus 22 to 24 minutes and lawyers or teachers. This time around, he's taking on the world of advertising, which kind of sucks the soul out of his previous works. I mean, at least the lawyers of Ally McBeal were often defending the little guy, and the teachers of Boston Public were dealing with the harsh reality of the public-school system. What irks me about The Crazy Ones is that the advertising industry, with its habit of bending over for corporations while chasing the all-mighty dollar, can be pretty disgusting (oh, here I go editorializing), but here it's portrayed as being full of mad creative geniuses who we're supposed to root for. Now, Kelley knows how to go after the heart, which gives this thing more weight than your typical sitcom, and Williams' more dramatic moments land well. But his tired, kooky goofball routine and the rest of the shlock are tough to sit through. Ultimately, people will probably like this. I'm just not one of them.



PILOTITIS DIAGNOSIS: The first episode does a dandy job showing us exactly what to expect from the series without botching the introduction of the main characters. There's no crazy concept to lay out; this is a show about people working in the ad industry. The Crazy Ones uses that to its advantage. It's almost as if this guy has written a lot of television before. The pilot gets a clean bill of health. 


FACES TO LOOK OUT FOR: James Wolk's singing face. And not in a good way!


RANDOM THOUGHTS: There's a post-credits gag reel showing Williams and Wolk riffing on an improvised jingle and it's even worse than the first cut. Make it stop! Also, this is a SINGLE-CAMERA COMEDY ON CBS! What is going on with the world!? Also also, the opportunities for product placement on The Crazy Ones just write themselves.


EXCITEMENT LEVEL: I'm going to look at this from a general perspective and put it just over the hump on the 1 to 10 scale with a 6. But I will be watching exactly zero more episodes.



PILOT PREVIEW POWER RANKINGS:
(Where we rank the fall season's pilots based on very early impressions)


DRAMA
1. Almost Human - J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman's robotic buddy-cop drama

2. Intelligence - Josh Holloway stars as a Cyber Command agent who has Wi-Fi in his brain

3. Dracula - Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the fanged one in this re-imagining of the classic story of an undead guy chasing his old girlfriend


COMEDY
1. Trophy Wife - Malin Akerman marries into a big family and ends up with two ex-wives and three stepchildren in the process

2. The Crazy Ones - Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar are a father-daughter team in the advertising business

3. Enlisted - Geoff Stults goes to army reject camp with his two brothers 

4. About a Boy - Jason Katims' TV adaptation of the film adaption of Nick Hornby's novel about a man-boy friendship

Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 4/17/2014

Season 1 : Episode 22

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Goodness gracious, this reviewer does not like anything. That is the problem with reading reviews, it is just one person's opinion of a show and just because they did not like it does not mean that everyone else will not like it. I think some of these look pretty good. Especially, About a Boy and Almost Human.
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I saw the promo for this where Robin Williams smirks at the screen and says that the show isn't all about him. After the camera pans out to show he's standing in front of a giant graphic image of his own face, he smirks some more then says the show is kind of about him.

It made me want to throw something at the screen.
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I never get tired of his goofball routine. Robin is likable in everything he does. :) I also like Gellar so this sitcom is promising to me.
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I'm not really a David E. Kelley fan and I prefer Robin Williams when he plays a more even character. Williams' recent stints on Louie and Wilfred prove he's better as less zany and more normal character actor.
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The problem with being a devoted Buffy fan is that I must watch everything Sarah Michelle Gellar is in, including this.


Robin Williams brand of over zealous eccentricity does not appeal to me, and neither does Sarah Michelle Gellar playing the straight one who has to try and reel him in. I'll watch the first episode, but like you Tim, I doubt I be able to sit through another.
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Eh, I'll watch for the cast but my most anticipated comedy of the season is "The Goldbergs", yea, I said it!
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Wow. How many people thought a show called 'Trophy Wife' would be the most anticipated comedy of the Fall?
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According to those who write the article though. :)
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I trust the writers for the most part.
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Oh shit, I didn't realize this was David E. Kelley, he's both great and awful with big talents and tone, I foresee a lot of speechifying by Robin Williams and then wacky behavior... Denny Crane.

Sorry to hear Williams' material comes off tired, that's what really is the draw for me.

What did you think of Gellar's work here? She's looked in every trailer like the weak link, like she doesn't' belong and has nothing positive to add to the material, and I notice here that you make very little mention of her.
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Oh man, this one has given me a bad feeling since I saw the first ad for it, and that was before I knew it was a half-hour comedy.

This and The Millers both look to me like a couple of high-profile, name brand duds from CBS.
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As DrSpongejr said, judging by the trailer, it's not funny. It might be sacrilegious to say it, but I've never liked Williams' style of comedy when he's trying to play an exaggerated character. He just goes overboard with it. The "kooky goofball routine", as you Tim put it, suits Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell, but when Williams does it (like e.g. in the trailer when he does his manic laugh or Scottish accent in the board room) he just looks like he is trying too hard. The same goes for his stand-up characters that so many seem to like. To me they are not funny. I guess I can give this show the four-episode test as long as Williams tones down his crazy routine. But I have a feeling that other parts of the show will not work either. Is Gellar really the best choice for a comedy? And the supporting cast doesn't seem to be the most interesting either.
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I think it will get a full season, but then it will be canceled.
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I don't know about this one. I like David E. Kelly and all his work, but based on the trailer I just don't think this looks funny. Could be. I might give it a try, but honestly I am not really expecting much.
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I may give it a try just because it's a comedy from David E. Kelley.
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I am shocked that you dont like a show, its so out of character for you.
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Thank you, Mr. Surette. I've learned to base my tv viewiing on your reviews. If you don't like it, it turns out to be a pretty good show. Gonna be a must-watch!
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I can always give it a try... I love Gellar but I am not sure she can do comedy... And I do not like comedy much to begin with, unless it is your more modern dramedy thing... so let's wait and see..
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Williams is funny only when you are 8 years old or younger.
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Mork and Mindy may get a chuckle out of me if I decide to watch it. But otherwise when I watch that now-a-days I'm like "Wow, younger-me really thought coked-out-Robin was funnier than he really was"

As for other stuff:. I liked him in Bicentennial Man, What Dreams May Come, Hook, and even The Birdcage. Not a super "omg he's the best" reaction to those films, but I still enjoy watching them.
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I'll give it a whirl. I love Williams, and who doesn't love Buffy?
And its got David E. Kelley's name on it too? Then thats good enough for me to at least give it a go. I need some new comedys since HIMYM is ending and TBBT is starting to tire.
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comedies* -_- yikes!
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I really liked SMG in Buffy but Ringer was painful to watch (and I did watch it all!) so I may still be too traumatised by that to consider watching the Crazy Ones... The premise is simple and not particularly original but clearly strong cast & production team so I guess we'll have to see a few eps to make a call...
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I thought Ringer was alright. It wasn't "awesome" like Season-1-Revenge but I thought it was decent. And among the bad/mediocre parts of it, I wouldn't include her acting. I thought she actually did a solid job with the role(s) she had.

And this isn't a Sarah Michelle Gellar uber-fan speaking. Sure I thought Buffy was a great series (most of the time) but I attribute that to Whedon plus the entire cast (Xander, Willow, Giles, etc.)
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I also think that as a mystery-soap, Ringer was pretty watchable. Yes, the premise was a little out there and there was some stupidity going on sometimes, but it was at least as good as shows like the Lying Game and PLL (though they're teen mystery-soaps), and SMG made me root for the main character. I would have watched season 2.
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I'm still under Buffy's spell, I obsessively check out almost everything SMG is in, and this won't be an exception. Plus, I saw the trailer and it actually made me laugh... So I might be one of those "people (who) will ultimately like this" that you mention. Should I be ashamed?
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I have exactly the same problem! I hero-worshipped Buffy and SMG my whole childhood and as a result I feel the need to check out most of what she's in. Sadly most of what she's in kinda sucks (I thought Ringer was bearable though), and it makes me sad every time, but I keep doing it. SMG, please start starring in good movies/shows, for us Buffy fans!
Haven't seen this trailer yet though, but if you have to be ashamed for this, I don't think you'll be the only one.
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I have this problem/obsession with SMG and Kristen Bell. No matter what crap they star in, I'LL WATCH IT.
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I dunno. If SMG takes a wooden stake and sproiks Robin, i'd watch that.
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I... I don't know. I think SMG is funny, and that last thing she was in wasn't intentionally funny, so that's something. I liked Robin Williams in the 80's. There's nothing else drawing me to this.
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I've been excited about this since the day I first saw the trailer. I just hope the show delivers what the trailer promises.
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Robin has drawn me to all his projects (his dramatic work is quiet brilliant), I can't wait to see him have fun again in a role.

My shows to look out for:

1. Agents of Shield
2. The Crazy Ones
3. Almost Human

Maybe: Intelligence (Josh Holloway is awesome!)
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I think you undersold Williams's dramatic work. For a guy who got his start in and is known for his comedy, the man can work a dramatic role EXTREMELY well.
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"Quiet brilliant" as apposed to "extremely well" is under selling?
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Apparently in my brain, yes. Either way, respect for his talent.
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I haven't watched a David E. Kelley show since Picket Fences, and never watched Buffy, so Robin Williams is the only draw for me here. I'll give it a try and see if the Genie can work his magic.
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Stop whatever you have been doing for the past fifty-something years of your life and go watch Buffy right now! Thank me later.
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This is great, and very important, advice.
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Sorry to hear that, I personally enjoyed some of David E Kelly works a lot. I wasn't a huge fan of Ally McBeal.

But his other stuff was on the top of my viewing list each week.
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