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David E. Kelley Developing
New Sitcom For MORK & MINDY Star Robin Williams!!

I am – Hercules!!

David E. Kelley (“Harry’s Law”), who hasn’t had a half-hour sitcom on the air since “Doogie Howser” went away nearly 20 years ago, is a developing a new sitcom.

Its star is Robin Williams (“Old Dogs,” “World’s Greatest Dad”), who hasn’t had a regular TV role since the cancellation of “Mork & Mindy” 30 years ago.

The untitled sitcom, which could reunite Kelley with his “Picket Fences” network CBS, would star Williams as an ad man with a daughter in the same business.

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  • Aug. 31, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    What is Mork and Mindy?

    by Chris Moody

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Actually, the video is pretty entertaining...

    by Chris Moody

    ...and I wouldn't mind seeing what happens next.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST

    So, Mork & Mindy is a spinoff show from Happy Days?

    by Chris Moody

    Is this BEFORE or AFTER Fonzie jumped the shark? Please tell me that this is AFTER.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 8:49 p.m. CST


    by boyalien

    Are you having a laugh? What are you, 10 years old? Anyway, use the fucking google machine, sir.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Ah, I see you've discovered Wikipedia

    by boyalien

    Jesus tapdancing Christ, do that before you fucking post.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Ugh. Hate his comedy, love his drama

    by bah

    And since his recent appearance on Louie leaned toward drama, it was good. He's phenomenal in "One Hour Photo".

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    bah: The Wonder Woman pilot was pretty funny

    by mistergreen

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Robin Williams is either great or terrible - there's no in-between

    by SifoDyasJr

    And unfortunately, the terrible comprises about 80% of his body of work. But when he's great, he's the best. Dead Poets Society is still one of my favorite films ever.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    David Kelly: TV Warrior

    by Stygian

    I really hope Robin says no. David E. Kelley lost his touch with tv (IMHO) since Doogie Howser. I seen that Wonder Woman pilot. SOOOOOOOOOOOOO bad it was funny. I have NO FAITH personally on anything he does.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Hey Hercules...

    by Deaft0ne

    Its star is Robin Williams (“Old Dogs,” “World’s Greatest Dad”) How about: Its star is Robin Williams ("Dead Poets Society", "Mrs. Doubtfire", "Good Will Hunting") Instead? Fucking moron.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Not sure what to think of this

    by chad kuhns

    an 'Ad exec with a daughter in the same business' isn't exactly something that screams must see...but when focused Williams can be real comedic gold. Here's hoping this gives him a nice re-introduction, seeing as how he's been massively under the radar last few years.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 11:51 p.m. CST

    deaft0Ne, agreed....( well mostly )

    by MurderMostFowl

    One Hour Photo, The birdcage, The Fisherking, Aladdin, hell even good morning vietnam. I don't see Herc as a moron, maybe he's simply pasting in what he was instructed to promote. Or Maybe Herc really loves those two movies and thinks they're unappreciated. Or maybe this is a weak attempt at pretending williams is an obscure actor. Though if he were going for obscure, he could have called him a bit part actor on Louie and Wilfred, and not calling out the role that took him from absolute obscurity to household name overnight.

  • but even I had to think for a minute to even remember what the hell Old Dogs was because I thought it was Wild Hogs which I did see and I know RW was not in that at all. I have never even heard of World's Greatest Dad and looked it up on IMDB, and I have seen mostly every movie RW has been in. Mentioning those 2 movies is either willfully obnoxious on Herc's part or he is really a moron because no one gives a shit about either of those movies that comes to this site.

  • That would be insane. Seeing Robin Williams settle back into TV again is insane enough. His freestyle stand up stuff has always been the best. Wind him up and let him go.


  • Sept. 1, 2012, 1:56 a.m. CST

    @ boyalien :

    by Chris Moody

    What are you, the ranking member of the AICN gestapo? I am not familiar with outdated shows from your childhood, little dick.

  • It's a common method of introducing someone to use what's most recently recognizable about. What's so wrong about doing that, why dwell upon that one thing instead of the focus of the news article? Also, since the show is going to be a sitcom those movies actually work pretty well as a contrast of Robin Williams comedic abilities. He can be great (World's Greatest Dad), or he can be shit (Old Dogs). Hopefully David Kelly will give Williams some great lines to work with and help revitalize Williams' career like he did with William Shatner. I'm personally hopeful for the show, but it's a tepid excitement. I'll wait till at least first episode before forming a concrete opinion.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Why are you all being such an ass?

    by Adam Jones

    Does your rude insults to Hercules make you think your wiser, better, smarter, inclined, privileged... What???? Go sit in the corner and think what a complete ass you are for typing the shit you do. Shesh. P.S. I'm truly sorry your life is so miserable that you feel you need to inflict garbage at another person. Your upbringing obviously was ruined and I hope someday someone will come into your life and somehow help you become a better person, because we sure as hell don't need you on this planet if you feel content in the way you are.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST


    by Alex Fritz

    "I'm truly sorry your life is so miserable that you feel you need to inflict garbage at another person. Your upbringing obviously was ruined and I hope someday someone will come into your life and somehow help you become a better person, because we sure as hell don't need you on this planet if you feel content in the way you are'. I guess no one ever told you that two wrongs don't make a right. You don't have to be mean to tell someone they're being mean. It lowers you to their level which is self defeating. Much love bro.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 3:32 a.m. CST

    by ccchhhrrriiisssmredux In MOrk and Mindy

    by emeraldboy

    robin williams played Mork from Ork. Mork was a way of channeling his legendary comic energy into prime time tv. Williams was as we all know battling Cocaine. Cocaine was replaced by percodan and vicodan in the late 1990s. williams was the last person to See John Belushi alive and it is believed that williams partner at the time was buying and selling drugs and one of her clients was john belushi. Belushi's death was a wake up call. and Williams has never really spoken about it since. he also refused and blocked a few years a Mork and Mindy behind the scenes biopic. He was Married to Marsha Mason who later divorced and had two children. He remarried. He had open Heart Surgery and he is recovering Alcoholic. He is one of the greatest American Stand comedians of the latter half of the twenty Century. is a great Interviewee. or was as he has slowed down a little. He has the comedic energy of a whirlwind.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 3:42 a.m. CST

    I've always wanted Kelley to do a "Cage and Fish" show

    by FrodoFraggins

    Ally became really annoying but those two carried the show at times.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Mork and Mindy & Happy Days

    by Rakesh Patel

    That takes me back. Absolute nonsense, but watching as a kid, i knew no better aiyyyyyyeeeee. sit on it. Williams has actually done some really interesting work, and IMHO, not gotten as much credit as he should have had, simply because of his comedic roots. He has been under the radar for a couple of years now. I don't know what it is, but the dude looks like he's physical shrinking. Can't say I'm overexcited about this tv project. @ccchhhrrriiisssmredux. not a member of the gespato, but come on dude, if you're reading this site, you're on the internet. google, imdb and youtube are a click away

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 4:28 a.m. CST

    the industry hates robin williams...

    by emeraldboy

    for some reason.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 4:40 a.m. CST

    @emeraldboy what makes you say that?

    by Rakesh Patel

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 4:48 a.m. CST

    the reason the industry hates williams now

    by emeraldboy

    is that his last two films came out of left field. he got bored of doing mainstream comedy films and did straight drama. His performance in the bird cage was a revelation. as was his performance in insomnia. but he got no recognition for those roles. niether did he get recognition for dead poets society. he was nominated. but never won. for that. he won his only oscar for Good Will hunting. his greatest performance was that terry gilliam film. yet again he was nominated but didnt win.

  • looking at all the actors of my youth le.g tom hanks, harrison ford etc etc... they've been coasting a long time on victories in the past. its just with the advent of dvd, downloads, bluray, youtube and re releases it doesn't seem that long ago. don't get me wrong, cruise has released some movies that haven't done brilliantly, but that dude knows how to reinvent himself, align himself with upcoming artists and produces a cracking movie after some failures. He goes no less then 3 years without making something that you would see. That is why he is to be respected.he is the fucking king. to be on the top of the industry and on top for 20 years is no mean feat. The rest... no so much.

  • I don't think he got bored of comedy, i think comedy got bored of him. he suffers from the same affliction that other comics have after being incredibly successful, they lose their roots. he got recognition for a hell of a lot of his roles, he may not got the awards, but come on, loads of people don't get them. the dude got an oscar! back in the day he was hilarious. old guy being a rapid fire maniac, less funny then new guy being a rapid fire maniac. honestly, i think the roles that he needs to do just aren't out there for him.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Ahh, that explains it. Too young to remember Mork & Mindy.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    That's why you are an idiot, and an asshole.

  • and retards.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Herc plays you angsty fucks like fiddle

    by Love_Gunt

    Every. Single. Time.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    i would check this out

    by VoiceOfSaruman

    I have found sitcoms intolerably for some time, but I'd give this a shot. RW has made weak film choices but in the right role he can be greatly comedic or dramatic, whatever is called for.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Mork & Mindy ended on a cliffhanger that was never resolved

    by BoyNamedSue

    If he's really willing to come back to TV, then perhaps he and Pam Dawber might be willing to address this situation now, lol.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    The title: Still Morkin'

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    One Hour Photo

    by mypalfish

    Williams was terrific in that, and I'm not a fan of his generally.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Best role for Williams would be....

    by Sinestro

    as a Commander type in a BSG spin off or redo. He would be fantastic a someone coming to grips with the possible elimination of the human race. He looks like someone that could either crack or kick cylon ass.

  • I was fortunate to meet him as an extra in Patch Adams (not his best, but good memories). He was genuine and funny, no matter what the PA's said. NO EYE CONTACT. NO TALKING TO THE TALENT. I will give this new TV venture a shot.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    So glad you clarified "MORK & MINDY Star" Robin Williams

    by John Brown

    Otherwise I would've thought it was that other Robin Williams.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Tut tut

    by Shugmeister

    I've never seen so much negativity in one place. Well, not since "A blonde Bond? It'll never work" and "The Dark Knight Rises will suck" anyway.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST

    The 2013 film stars...

    by Deaft0ne

    Nicolas Cage ("Stolen", "The Frozen Ground") Robert De Niro ("Red Lights" , "Freelancers") and Al Pacino ("The Son of No One" , "Wilde Salome")

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST

    THIS is a disaster waiting to happen...

    by MaxHeadroom

    It might even be worse than "Two Broke Girls," which is one of the worst greenlighted sitcoms in recent memory.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Robin Williams needs to replace the kid...

    by Teddy Artery

    ...from Two and a Half Men. Y'know, kinda like when Jonathan Winters was cast as Mork's baby.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Robin Williams should also replace The Kidd on this website too

    by Deaft0ne

    His reviews certainly would be more entertaining than the fecal musings of The Kiddiot.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Might be a fun show...but Robin was more fun on the blow.

    by conspiracy

    As a child of the 70's/80's...Robin Williams had moments of comedic genius...manic, unscripted steam of thought comedic bits fueled by enough blow to Kill an Amateur like Steven Tyler. And the guy can seriously act when needed. Plus...dude was Genie in Aladdin (with much of it ad libbed) he gets a pass from me for that role alone. I'd give it a shot.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST

    And More Pam Dawber....!

    by conspiracy

    I'd watch Mork and Mindy just to occasionally get a glimpse of Pams Ass in what I thought at the time were the worlds tightest jeans.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST

    I'm too young for the show and i knew it was a spin off

    by sunwukong86

    my parents didn't even know it was a spin off

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST

    RV: The Series

    by Magnus Greel

    Wacky adventures of a man and his family driving around the country. Solving mysteries and shit. It's a perfect fit for CBS. Produced by Bruckheimer and Barry Sonnenfeld.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 10:36 p.m. CST

    I would've love to see Robin do a show on HBO

    by Cobb05

    I think Robin is too good for a network sitcom. I would've liked to have seen him do a show on HBO that could be funny but also be able to have some dark comedy elements too. Cause yes, Robin can be zany and very network sitcom actor, but he works better when he can mix funny, dark and serious. The World According to Garp is a great example. Yes, the movie could've been better, but it shows off Robin's talents as an actor and he's more than just, "The moon in the sky hangs low like a testicle."

  • Sept. 2, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    This would have been a better idea when Robin Williams was funny.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    He's stale bread now. Very stale. I have no belief in this.

  • Sept. 2, 2012, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Well he is pushing 60 now and still has bills to pay

    by Deaft0ne

    But this along with the Michael J. Fox sitcom could be epic failures. Just think about how NBC fucked Paul Reiser over with his comeback Curb wannabe show. No one is safe.

  • Sept. 2, 2012, 5:45 a.m. CST

    I have seen nearly all of williams films

    by emeraldboy

    and there are times when I thought he such have won the oscar. Good Morning vietnam. is one of the greatest modern comedic performances of all time. in a very serious film. oscar dont give out awards to comic actors. Carrey should have won for man on the Moon. Good Will hunting. he won for that and rightly so. Dead poets Society. it was an absolute travesty that williams didnt win anything for that. the fisher King. Again he was superb in that. as was Jeff bridges. I also he feel he should have won for that. the academy cant give out the same award to the same actor year in. year out but for some reason. when williams does straight roles. he was overlooked in the past. Patch adams was an abomination that I think that sank williams career. He was the best thing in the bird cage, no question. and again though nominated he went home empty handed. He was great in one hour photo and insomnia. one hour photo was the best performance of his career. not sure he was nominated for that. cant remember. he turned into the cuddly teddy bear. With whoopy and Steve Martin he ended up in the comedy swamp. the sentimental comedy family friendly swamp. Martin's Memoir is Magnificent.

  • Sept. 2, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST


    by VoiceOfSaruman

    RW was also great in Awakenings, one of his finest roles. Overshadowed by DeNiro in one of HIS best roles in that same film, but RW held his own incredibly well.

  • but De Niro is clearly the showcase in that. Awakenings needs a special edition remastered Blu-Ray release.

  • Sept. 2, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST


    by VoiceOfSaruman

    and needs a release of its soundtrack. Fine work by Randy Newman.

  • Sept. 2, 2012, 9:43 p.m. CST


    by VoiceOfSaruman

    scratch that, I guess, it's available as mp3...

  • Sept. 2, 2012, 11:34 p.m. CST

    I would see "Porkin' Mindy".

    by sweeneydave

    She was hot.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Robin Williams' greatest role......

    by thelordofhell


  • in a matter of one or two films and back again. Watch "The Survivors" with him, Walter Matthau and Jerry Reed. It captures his early manic side and its handled very well. His last great flick was World's Greatest Dad. RW in a sitcom could work, if he's allowed to improvise, but how much of it will be him and how much of Mork was the coke? M&M was funny as shit considering it came from the awful Happy Days and its absurd premise. Will look forward to this...just to see if Robin can nail it...

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    No reboot for Mork and Mindy?

    by MajorFrontbum

    What is the fucking world coming to.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    williams acquired the rights to the 1975 film Jakob the liar

    by emeraldboy

    which was that years oscar winner for best foreign language film. Williams film directed by peter kassovits was in 1999. Willaims as a german jew in Nazi germany didnt win him any favours. I had gone off williams at that point and with good reason. one year earlier he made patch adams.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Patch Adams- ugh... what a pile... ugh.

    by Dan

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Bwahahahahaha -- Tom Cruise is going downhill too

    by HarrysNemesis

    I'd rather see a Mork and Mindy reboot. Actually if you chese his filmography it's pretty solid up to 2000-ish going downhill after that... All Mission Impossible (I don't care if it sells it's all shit forgettable in the end) Rock of Ages War of the Worlds Minority Report Collateral (shoulda called it forgettable?) I can tell you now Top Gun 2 will suck, although it may do well... I *LOVED* Vanilla Sky, but it was not well received. I don't know if his next film "Jack Reacher" will do well but it is not something based on description I am not at all interested in...