Robin Williams is poised to return to TV in a new comedy series from the creator of Ally McBeal.
The actor-comedian made his name in classic 1970s sitcom Mork And Mindy, in which he played an alien sent from planet Ork to observe human behaviour. He later focused on film roles, starring in Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs Doubtfire and Jumanji, before winning an Oscar for his performance in 1997’s Good Will Hunting.
In recent years, he has balanced big screen assignments with a return to stand-up comedy and TV guest spots on shows like Louie and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he is now “prepping” a more sustained return to TV in a 30-minute comedy series set in the world of advertising.
The show, which has no confirmed title yet, has been written by David E Kelley, the creator of Ally McBeal, Boston Legal and The Practice. Although a pilot has yet to be commissioned, US network CBS is said to be “circling” the project.
In the meantime, Williams will be seen on the big screen this October (2012) in The Wedding, an ensemble comedy film which also stars Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon and Katherine Heigl.