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(Entertainment Weekly)   Robin Williams set to star in a CBS comedy, described as a day in the life of a manic depressive   (insidetv.ew.com) divider line 61
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2013-03-14 10:35:18 AM  
Also starring Sarah Michelle Gellar if IMDB is to be believed.
 
2013-03-14 11:18:37 AM  
I don't need to watch that on tv

/I'm starring in my own production
 
2013-03-14 11:30:38 AM  
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2013-03-14 11:48:14 AM  
Robin Williams set to star in a CBS comedy...

"Robin Williams" + "Comedy" makes less sense than "Intelligent" + "Design"
 
2013-03-14 11:58:56 AM  
Get him coked up before shooting and I'll tune in.
 
2013-03-14 11:59:13 AM  
Am I the only one who prefers his dramas?

Granted, his coked-up late 70's stand-up was outstanding. An Evening With Robin Williams was gold-f*cking-standard stream-of-concious stuff.
 
2013-03-14 12:08:05 PM  
Williams has the chops to make a real statement here on the ups and downs of manic depression. CBS already has ratings to burn and can afford to let him get serious once in awhile.  And SMG can hold her own but also has the chops to forget to wear a bra.  I'll give it a try.
 
2013-03-14 12:09:08 PM  
you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll laugh, you'll cry,you'll laugh, you'll cry,you'll laugh, you'll cry,you'll laugh, you'll cry,you'll laugh, you'll cry,you'll laugh, you'll cry,you'll laugh, you'll cry,you'll laugh, you'll cry

also there's a tv show

MaudlinMutantMollusk: /I'm starring in my own production

my version was kinda interesting when I was a younger man, now not so much
 
2013-03-14 12:10:17 PM  
He was funny as Mork.

There. I said it.
 
2013-03-14 12:12:12 PM  

kumanoki: Am I the only one who prefers his dramas?

Granted, his coked-up late 70's stand-up was outstanding. An Evening With Robin Williams was gold-f*cking-standard stream-of-concious stuff.


Definitely not the only one.

The last HBO stand up special of his I saw included him telling a joke I made a few months prior, almost verbatim.

Trust me, that's not a ringing endorsement of his comedy.
 
2013-03-14 12:12:36 PM  
I've heard that manic depression is a frustrating mess.
 
Skr
2013-03-14 12:20:25 PM  
Interesting. I'll check it out. I wonder if he'll have a quirky catch phrase.
 
2013-03-14 12:20:28 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: "Robin Williams" + "Comedy" makes less sense than "Intelligent" + "Design"


Too young for Mork and Mindy I take it?
 
2013-03-14 12:25:55 PM  

Skr: Interesting. I'll check it out. I wonder if he'll have a quirky catch phrase.


Who nanoos?
 
2013-03-14 12:28:48 PM  

Skr: Interesting. I'll check it out. I wonder if he'll have a quirky catch phrase.


It'll be something like Zoidberg saying "YAYawwwwwwwwww"
 
2013-03-14 12:31:51 PM  

tomo12144: Lionel Mandrake: "Robin Williams" + "Comedy" makes less sense than "Intelligent" + "Design"

Too young for Mork and Mindy I take it?


Nope.  My brother's favorite show.  Not mine, but we had one TV and 3 channels back then.

I thought Jonathon Winters was funny, though.
 
2013-03-14 12:32:15 PM  
i'm sad that subby lied. i'd love to see robin williams star in a comedy described as a day in the life of a manic depressive. the whole season would be one day, real time, 24 style. and it would be a comedy. about a manic depressive. played by robin williams.

that would be awesome.
 
2013-03-14 12:39:50 PM  

the801: i'm sad that subby lied. i'd love to see robin williams star in a comedy described as a day in the life of a manic depressive. the whole season would be one day, real time, 24 style. and it would be a comedy. about a manic depressive. played by robin williams.

that would be awesome.


Does a manic depressive shout "there's no time!", "holster your weapon!" or "how the hell did Kim venture off on a subplot yet still somehow find heavily armed terrorists, and why does she think she can stop them herself?!" and kill 42 people in one day?  I'm guessing no, but he could hold court over 42 people at an AA meeting and figuratively kill them with his wily antics.
 
2013-03-14 12:41:25 PM  

the801: i'm sad that subby lied. i'd love to see robin williams star in a comedy described as a day in the life of a manic depressive. the whole season would be one day, real time, 24 style. and it would be a comedy. about a manic depressive. played by robin williams.

that would be awesome.


a 48 episode season? 16 episodes of someone sleeping? I don't see that happening
 
2013-03-14 12:45:07 PM  
Robin Williams in comedies = hit or miss.

Robin Williams in dramas = f*cking fantastic.

/Jim Carrey, same story.
 
2013-03-14 12:50:21 PM  

AnotherBluesStringer: Robin Williams in comedies = hit or miss.

Robin Williams in dramas = f*cking fantastic.

/Jim Carrey, same story.


Apparently you never saw The Number 23.

/hey, I know, I'll start dating this guy I just met outside an insane asylum. What could go wrong?
//do love Truman Show
 
2013-03-14 12:51:41 PM  

AnotherBluesStringer: Robin Williams in comedies = hit or miss.

Robin Williams in dramas = f*cking fantastic.

/Jim Carrey, same story.


I tend to agree here. Seen World's Greatest Dad at all? I give it all the stars.
 
2013-03-14 12:53:59 PM  

Car_Ramrod: AnotherBluesStringer: Robin Williams in comedies = hit or miss.

Robin Williams in dramas = f*cking fantastic.

/Jim Carrey, same story.

Apparently you never saw The Number 23.

/hey, I know, I'll start dating this guy I just met outside an insane asylum. What could go wrong?
//do love Truman Show


Yeah, I never got around to Number 23, but I liked Man on the Moon and Eternal Sunshine.
 
2013-03-14 12:58:34 PM  
"How I Met Your Psychiatrist"
"Fried Green Lithium"
"Back to the Zoloft"

eh?
 
2013-03-14 01:06:18 PM  

AnotherBluesStringer: Car_Ramrod: AnotherBluesStringer: Robin Williams in comedies = hit or miss.

Robin Williams in dramas = f*cking fantastic.

/Jim Carrey, same story.

Apparently you never saw The Number 23.

/hey, I know, I'll start dating this guy I just met outside an insane asylum. What could go wrong?
//do love Truman Show

Yeah, I never got around to Number 23, but I liked Man on the Moon and Eternal Sunshine.


Not to completely derail the thread, but did you ever see Jim Carrey's first crack at drama? It was after Earth Girls are Easy, but prior to hitting it big with Ace ventura. it was called Doing Time on Maple Drive. Surprisingly, he was really, really believable.
 
2013-03-14 01:07:57 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: the801:
that would be awesome.

Does a manic depressive shout "there's no time!", "holster your weapon!" or "how the hell did Kim venture off on a subplot yet still somehow find heavily armed terrorists, and why does she think she can stop them herself?!" and kill 42 people in one day?  I'm guessing no, but he could hold court over 42 people at an AA meeting and figuratively kill them with his wily antics.


chitownmike:

a 48 episode season? 16 episodes of someone sleeping? I don't see that happening

ok, maybe 'Ulysses' style. and it could be an hour long comedy. or the first season = the first half of his waking day, the second season = the next half. and maybe he sleeps for 12 or 14 hours a night, or maybe 4. and he wouldn't necessarily be in AA. maybe one half-hour episode is him riding the bus to his therapist, with wacky antics. the next would be half an hour at the waiting room, with wacky antics. then an episode of the first half hour of his therapy session, then an episode of the next half hour, then two episodes of riding home on the bus with a stop-off for some fast food - all full of the kind of wacky antics we'd expect from robin williams doing comedy, and lots of mental illness jokes.

it'd be, like, a whole new post-seinfeld paradigm of sitcoms and stuff. and it would have to be filmed in front of a live studio audience so it can have a laugh track.

again - awesome.
 
2013-03-14 01:16:10 PM  
Just like the rest of CBS' comedies, it will be sophomoric, terrible, and outrate everything on NBC.

/Partners still gives me chills
 
2013-03-14 01:17:24 PM  

AnotherBluesStringer: Car_Ramrod: AnotherBluesStringer: Robin Williams in comedies = hit or miss.

Robin Williams in dramas = f*cking fantastic.

/Jim Carrey, same story.

Apparently you never saw The Number 23.

/hey, I know, I'll start dating this guy I just met outside an insane asylum. What could go wrong?
//do love Truman Show

Yeah, I never got around to Number 23, but I liked Man on the Moon and Eternal Sunshine.


I haven't seen Man on the Moon since it first came out, but I remember liking it. Eternal Sunshine... I have to be in the right mood to watch that. But it's good. I just really hated Number 23.
 
2013-03-14 01:20:44 PM  
So, another Frasier, only worse?  Does he cut himself and wear emo makeup?
 
2013-03-14 01:24:06 PM  
KatjaMouse:

I tend to agree here. Seen World's Greatest Dad at all? I give it all the stars.

Oh yes!  WGD is the darkest and funniest movie I've seen in a very long time.

/time to queue up some Mandolin Rain
 
2013-03-14 01:33:59 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: "How I Met Your Psychiatrist"
"Fried Green Lithium"
"Back to the Zoloft"

eh?


dammit! stop leaking episode names.

/ owl stretching time
 
2013-03-14 01:36:23 PM  

Skr: Interesting. I'll check it out. I wonder if he'll have a quirky catch phrase.


www.quizlaw.com
 
2013-03-14 01:40:24 PM  
Am I the only one stunned by this?

The network also picked up a pilot called Intelligence from executive producers Michael Seitzman, David Semel and Tripp Vinson. Its described as a drama that is centered at the U.S. Cyber Command, which focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift, a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

Did they finally create a show targeted at the tinfoil hat crowd?   If so, I wish I could invest in it.  Honey Boo Boo for paranoid schizophrenics.
 
2013-03-14 01:49:36 PM  
Pam Dawber is tanned, rested and waiting to go
 
2013-03-14 01:51:41 PM  
cbsnewyork.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-03-14 01:52:35 PM  

caddisfly: Am I the only one stunned by this?

The network also picked up a pilot called Intelligence from executive producers Michael Seitzman, David Semel and Tripp Vinson. Its described as a drama that is centered at the U.S. Cyber Command, which focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift, a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

Did they finally create a show targeted at the tinfoil hat crowd?   If so, I wish I could invest in it.  Honey Boo Boo for paranoid schizophrenics.


It'll be a low rent badly written xfiles meets warehouse 13 meets smoking gunman meets eureka knockoff.
 
2013-03-14 01:55:10 PM  
It's described as a workplace/single-camera comedy.

On CBS?  Grandma and grandpa won't know what to make of it.
 
2013-03-14 02:11:22 PM  

caddisfly: Am I the only one stunned by this?

The network also picked up a pilot called Intelligence from executive producers Michael Seitzman, David Semel and Tripp Vinson. Its described as a drama that is centered at the U.S. Cyber Command, which focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift, a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

Did they finally create a show targeted at the tinfoil hat crowd?   If so, I wish I could invest in it.  Honey Boo Boo for paranoid schizophrenics.


They should have chucked that idea, on all fronts..
 
2013-03-14 02:14:35 PM  

caddisfly: Am I the only one stunned by this?

The network also picked up a pilot called Intelligence from executive producers Michael Seitzman, David Semel and Tripp Vinson. Its described as a drama that is centered at the U.S. Cyber Command, which focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift, a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

Did they finally create a show targeted at the tinfoil hat crowd?   If so, I wish I could invest in it.  Honey Boo Boo for paranoid schizophrenics.


Chuck got renewed?
 
2013-03-14 02:30:05 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: Robin Williams set to star in a CBS comedy...

"Robin Williams" + "Comedy" makes less sense than "Intelligent" + "Design" "CBS" + "comedy"


/ftfy
/Monday, it's "Night of 1,000 Laugh Tracks"
 
2013-03-14 02:35:12 PM  

EvilMonkeyBoy: The last HBO stand up special of his I saw included him telling a joke I made a few months prior, almost verbatim.


Depending on which you saw and when, it could be that a) it was a popular joke to make or b) that everyone was stealing Williams' material.

Some awful "dad jokes" my dad tells are actually lines from his '83 special (which is AMAZING coked-up comedy, even if you don't get the references anymore - though there is a crack about "Ghadafi Duck" that slays me, knowing the epilogue of that particular saga).

// "cocaine - what was the idea there? 'Paranoid and impotent - gimme more of that!'?"
 
2013-03-14 02:43:04 PM  

Dr Dreidel: EvilMonkeyBoy: The last HBO stand up special of his I saw included him telling a joke I made a few months prior, almost verbatim.

Depending on which you saw and when, it could be that a) it was a popular joke to make or b) that everyone was stealing Williams' material.

Some awful "dad jokes" my dad tells are actually lines from his '83 special (which is AMAZING coked-up comedy, even if you don't get the references anymore - though there is a crack about "Ghadafi Duck" that slays me, knowing the epilogue of that particular saga).

// "cocaine - what was the idea there? 'Paranoid and impotent - gimme more of that!'?"


Isn't that a song lyric from XTC's song Merely a Man?
 
2013-03-14 02:50:56 PM  

AnotherBluesStringer: Robin Williams in comedies = hit or miss.

Robin Williams in dramas = f*cking fantastic.

/Jim Carrey, same story.


I generally agree, and I'd add in Adam Sandler (among several others) but it's more complicated than that.

I don't unwind after a hard day with Mrs. Doubtfire, because I'm not 12 anymore, but it wouldn't have been any funnier with someone else in the lead. He's a legit comic actor who makes more shiatty movies than he probably has to.

The problem is, he has the same script-choice problem with his dramas. And at least in a bad comedy there can be a few funny moments that kind of salvage it, but once a drama loses you, you're just wasting your time. I don't have any complaints about his performance in, say, One Hour Photo, but it was a clunker, and nobody would have seen it except to see Robin Williams not act wacky.

Williams and Carrey also have a particular weakness for scripts that turn squishy and maudlin, such that their characters get to give a great big "laughter through tears" grin up towards the upper left corner of the screen while bathed in soft light, while soft orchestral music swells behind them. Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaark that shiat, and I'm the guy who actually liked Alan Alda in all those weepy, preachy late-season episodes of M*A*S*H.

I kind of think these guys are all just fairly decent actors, no more or less, and it's all about the expectations you bring. It took me a long time to realize that a lot of what I liked about  Punch Drunk Love was that Sandler never accidentally started reciting lines from  Billy Madison.
 
2013-03-14 02:53:50 PM  
Robin Williams annoys the fark out of me.
 
2013-03-14 02:55:03 PM  

Somaticasual: caddisfly: Am I the only one stunned by this?

The network also picked up a pilot called Intelligence from executive producers Michael Seitzman, David Semel and Tripp Vinson. Its described as a drama that is centered at the U.S. Cyber Command, which focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift, a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

Did they finally create a show targeted at the tinfoil hat crowd?   If so, I wish I could invest in it.  Honey Boo Boo for paranoid schizophrenics.

They should have [C]hucked that idea, on all fronts..


i1021.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-14 02:57:29 PM  

cgraves67: I've heard that manic depression is a frustrating mess.


You were wrong.
 
2013-03-14 03:14:29 PM  

Stray Slacker: cgraves67: I've heard that manic depression is a frustrating mess.

You were wrong.


ts1.mm.bing.net

Disagrees.
 
2013-03-14 03:24:39 PM  
Bobcat directing?
 
2013-03-14 03:31:38 PM  

ZMugg: Stray Slacker: cgraves67: I've heard that manic depression is a frustrating mess.

You were wrong.

[ts1.mm.bing.net image 236x300]

Disagrees.


i.imgur.com

Agrees.
 
2013-03-14 03:36:55 PM  
That doesn't sound very funny...
 
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