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James Wolk finally has the hit most of his fans think he was destined for -- though most of them didn't figure this would be the hit: "The Crazy Ones," which is easily the standout success of the new fall crop. (The lead-in doesn't hurt, but a success is a success...)
In this clip posted by CBS, Wolk does briefly address his "Mad Men" role -- Bob Benson, one of those wonderfully ambiguous characters who drove an army of TV writers in fits of speculation last season. But "The Crazy Ones" success also raises the whole issue of Bob's continued tenure at Sterling Cooper. His "Zach Cropper" is obviously a key reason why "Ones" is working, yet how would this sync with the "Mad Men" universe? Probably wouldn't which is why we have either seen the end of "Bob" or the beginning of the end of Bob. That's OK: The mysterious Bob has now been solved anyway...
The clip... Newsday app readers know the drill -- head to newsday.com/tvzone to watch Zach talk Bob...
There's no such thing as a free lunch in TV and certainly no such thing as a guarantee, but you'd at least expect that if your name was Robin Williams, your first TV series in decades would be rewarded with a full season.
Wish granted: CBS just handed "The Crazy Ones" exactly that, while "Moms" and "The Millers" --- also starring big names -- got pick ups as well. None of this is much of a surprise. They are all doing well -- while "The Crazy Ones" is doing especially well, thanks in part to real estate ("The Big Bang Theory" post position) with an average 13.7 million viewers so far.
This morning, TV Zone readers are getting a quick roadmap of some of tonight's major launches, and what sort of roadmap would this be without prominent mention of Robin Williams' return to serial TV after a 30-plus year absence. "The Crazy Ones" (WCBS/2, 9) has a rough start, but it is Williams, and it is also Sarah Michelle Gellar, and - it is also David E. Kelley, who is showrunner....Read more »