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Na-Nu Na-Nu, Robin Williams

I just stumbled upon, literally, a two-month old story concerning Robin Williams possibly returning to television after thirty years in a David Kelley sitcom.  Williams is to portray an advertising executive working alongside his daughter.

I guess I’m not as up on things, as I think I am.

Oh, Hollywood. Photo by: Susan Marg

I think it’s a great idea.  I grew up on sitcoms, and I adore Robin Williams. I must confess, however, that I was not a Mork and Mindy fan.  I had other things going on when the program launched in 1978, but I was certainly aware of the zany, improvisational comedian who came out of nowhere to take his show to number three in the ratings.

The series was a spin-off from Happy Days, although the original program took place in the fifties and the later in the seventies.  (Go figure.) Williams got the role as a man on a mission from Ork when he sat on his head after producer Garry Marshall asked him to take a seat.  Marshall later commented that he was the only alien to audition for the role.

During filming, Robin was always “on,” so the writers created gaps in the script where he could do his thing.  Is this what David Kelley had in mind when he began working with Williams?

Kelley was a writer and editor and eventually the executive producer on L.A. Law, one of the best, in my humble opinion, legal dramas of all time. His career has included the hits Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, and Boston Legal.

There’s no doubt Kelly has a way with words and a quirky point of view.  He writes and creates as quickly as Williams jokes and clowns.  It could be interesting.

It’s said that what goes around comes around. Or the more things change… I might even start watching sitcoms again.  But don’t think I’m going to put shoulder pads in my shirts.

© 2012 Susan Marg – All Rights Reserved

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Comments

  1. Nice post Susan. Interesting for me as well because Mr Williams was (naturally) … born in 1951 although I haven’t gotten hold of him yet.

  2. do you recall seeing Robin Williams in Maxwell Plums in NYC?

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