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The Crazy Ones

the series philosopher the crazy ones wikiThe Crazy Ones is an American sitcom created by David E. Kelley that stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The single-camera series aired on CBS from September 26, 2013, to April 17, 2014. Bill D’Elia, Dean Lorey and Jason Winer served as executive producers for 20th Century Fox Television.

On May 10, 2014, it was announced that CBS had cancelled The Crazy Ones after one season.

The Crazy Ones is executive produced by David E. Kelley, who had previously created the TV series Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Boston Legal and Harry’s Law, and by Jason Winer. It stars Robin Williams as Simon Roberts, an executive at the Chicago advertising agency Lewis, Roberts + Roberts, who works with his tightly wound daughter and protégée, Sydney, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. The series represents Williams’ first series regular role since Mork & Mindy 31 years earlier, and the first series for Gellar since Ringer, which was canceled in 2012 after one season. Williams’ part was written with him in mind. When Gellar learned that Williams was making a television comedy, she contacted her friend Sarah de Sa Rego, the wife of Williams’ best friend, Bobcat Goldthwait, in order to lobby for a co-starring role.

Actual big brand names are referenced in episodes in order to evoke a sense of realism, though the companies who own the brands do not pay for this, nor do they get script approval. In the pilot, singer Kelly Clarkson performs a modified version of the McDonald’s slogan “You deserve a break today”. The main cast is:

  • Robin Williams (Mork & Mandy) as Simon Roberts, an eccentric Chicago advertising executive. Robin Williams describes Simon as “a guy who can sell anything. He could sell frappuccinos to Starbucks. He could sell clouds to God.”
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ringer) as Sydney Roberts, Simon’s daughter who is also a business partner and director at the ad agency. Often playing the “straight-woman” to Simon’s plans, she was raised by her mother after Simon was divorced, yet she doesn’t fault him for being more involved with work than his family.
  • James Wolk (Shameless, Mad Men) as Zach Cropper, a copy writer. He thinks he and Andrew are friends, but the friendship is mostly one-sided. While warm, outgoing and charismatic, Zach tends to the shallow side, can be a bit of a womanizer at times, and is not very well-read about the particulars of business.
  • Hamish Linklater (The New Adventures of Old Christine, The Newsroom) as Andrew Keanelly, an art director. Andrew is well spoken, smart, and often on Sydney’s side as the other voice of reason among the staff of their agency. egardless of his intelligence, Andrew does suffer from a lack of confidence, as a part of a larger rural-based family (he refers himself to being “one of seven sisters” in his upbringing).
  • Amanda Setton (Gossip Girl, The Mindy Project) as Lauren Slotsky, an assistant. Lauren is described as “much smarter than she first appears.” The information that is given about her (including a secretive demeanor concerning her past), though limited, is very inconsistent if all of it is assumed to be true, with the only validation for any of it being her highly impulsive behavior.

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