For the first time since "Mork & Mindy" went off the air in 1982, Robin Williams is doing series telvision on the upcoming CBS comedy, "The Crazy Ones." And so far, it feels just right.
"It's great to have a steady gig after so long. It's wonderful," he told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour.
In the "The Crazy Ones," Williams co-stars with Sarah Michelle Gellar of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame. He plays a renowned advertising genius whose unorthodox methods would get him fired if he weren't the boss of his firm. She plays his buttoned-down daughter, who struggles to keep him in line.
The creator of "The Crazy Ones" is David E. Kelley ("Ally McBeal" and "The Practice"), a writer known for his controling ways and making actors stick to the script. So how will he mesh with Williams, an amped-up performer who loves to improvise?
"It feels like I've been handed the keys to a car that I was ill-equipped to drive," admits Kelley, who, nevertheless, is ready to compromise.
"He (Williams) works in the box and then we give him a few takes to play with it," Kelley said. "I knew I'd be a fool to try to lasso him to the script."
As for Gellar, she too has to adjust -- especially when it comes to trying to keep a straight face while working alongside the manic Williams.
"When my 3-year-old says something really inappropriate and it's funny but I can't laugh -- it's sort of like working with Robin," she said.
Gellar, known mainly for her dramatic roles, is also adapting to the world of sitcoms.
"If you cry on camera people feel for you," she said. "But it's much harder to get people to laugh."
When Williams starred on "Mork," there were only three major networks. He acknowledged that much has changed in the time since -- especially in terms of high-tech wizardry.
"The last time I was on TV, 'wired' meant a gram and a bottle of Jack Daniel's," he cracked.