Thirty years after his role as the loveable Orkan alien on ABC's classic sitcom Mork & Mindy made him a household name, Robin Williams is preparing to once again star in a comedic television series, only this time he will be stretching his acting skills by playing a human being.
Even before shopping the concept around to the networks, Emmy Award winner David E. Kelley—creator of hit series Ally McBeal and The Practice among others—has already written a script for this untitled single-camera comedy that will revolve around a brilliant advertising executive, portrayed by Williams, as he works alongside his daughter.
The most likely destination for the show is CBS, where Kelley created Picket Fences, his first series to win an Emmy. He also scored trophies for The Practice and Ally McBeal, making him the only showrunner to win awards in the categories of drama and comedy in the same year. First known for co-creating Doogie Howser, MD, Kelley's most recent creation was the NBC legal dramedy Harry's Law that lasted two seasons. He is also working on a medical drama entitled Monday Mornings that will premiere on TNT next year.
Although Williams hasn't starred in a television series since Mork & Mindy ended its run in 1982, he has made a variety of guest appearances on different shows over the years and has twice been nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor following roles on Homicide: Life on the Streets and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Has the whacky actor/comedian, who won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Good Will Hunting, finally given up on his dream of playing the Riddler in a Batman movie?