CBS greenlights Robin Williams pilot, two new dramas

It's official: Mork from Ork is set to make his return to television!

Robin Williams

CBS has given the go ahead on pilot orders for Robin Williams' comedy project, in addition to two new dramas: a crime serial from "Homeland" producers and a science-fiction thriller from "North Country" screenwriter Michael Seitzman.

In what has to be considered one of the safest bets for a series order, Williams' single camera comedy finds him teaming with a veteran in the television field, David E. Kelley, in his anticipated return to the small screen. In "Crazy Ones," Williams will portray a brilliant ad executive working alongside his daughter, where the two will no doubt butt heads. The pilot has already got a director attached, "Modern Family"'s Jason Winer, and of course a script from the "Ally McBeal" and "Picket Fences" creator. While the Kelley/Williams pairing is a high-profile one, I can't help but wonder how closely Williams will stick to Kelley's script and how much improvisation Kelley will be okay with.

On the drama side, the people behind "Homeland" continue to reap the success of acclaimed drama. "Anatomy of Violence," from co-creators Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa as well as writer/EP Alex Cary, centers on a criminal psychologist partnering with a female detective with whom he shares a past. The pilot was written by the three "Homeland" producers based on the popular non-fiction book "The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime" by Adrian Raine. Aside from the pedigree of the trio bringing the project to the airwaves, I don't quite see what sets this project apart from any other crime procedural but, as "Elementary" has proven, it's all in the execution.

Finally, another (albeit unpublished) book is being adapted for the second CBS pilot order. "Intelligence," based on "Dissident" by John Dixon, revolves around US Cyber Command, particularly an agent with a microchip implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. The science-fiction drama procedural will follow the agent and his Cyber Command unit as they attempt to prevent crimes with the help of an advanced computer program. Funnily enough, the pilot has signed on David Semel to helm the pilot, who also directed the similarly-themed pre-crime series pilot for "Person of Interest."

What do you think of these projects?

- Homeland
- Mork & Mindy
- The Practice
- Picket Fences
- Robin Williams
- David E. Kelley

Written by: kyleiam
Feb 4th, 2013, 4:27 pm


Message Posted On Feb 5th, 2013, 9:25 am
Intelligence doesn't sound like a good idea. It's more like usual procedural with pseudo-science junk twist. Even comparing this with Person of Interest is ridiculous, no offense. PoI is smartest storytelling with surprisingly realistic technical limitations and deep characters. Sure, you can't expect to understand character deepness and writing complexity from pitch or log-line. But idea is technically unrealistic - plain and simple.

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