Robin Williams makes a welcome return to network TV with The Crazy Ones in which he plays the head of a Chicago ad agency he runs with his daughter (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Williams is at times hilarious but the not-good-enough pilot could use a healthy dose of his improvisational wit. Still, with manic Williams on screen and the talented David E. Kelley behind it, The Crazy Ones could turn out to be one of the more promising sitcoms of the fall. Premieres Sept. 26 at 9pm.
Will Arnett, Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges star in The Millers, a grossly unfunny sitcom that squanders the talents of its three leads. Martindale and Bridges play Arnett’s bickering, unpleasant parents who visit him and then decide to stay when they learn that their son is divorced and living alone. The show’s biggest offense is reducing Emmy-winner Martindale to being nothing more than a conduit for fart and sex jokes. By no means should anyone visit The Millers when they premiere Sept. 26 at 8:30pm.
CBS’s lone new drama is Hostages starring Toni Collette as a Washington, D.C., surgeon who is scheduled to operate on the President. But the night before the surgery she and her family are taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent (Dylan McDermott) and his henchmen who want her to kill the Commander-in-Chief. If she doesn’t, her family will die. It’s a great setup and Collette gives a powerful performance in the gripping pilot. How CBS plans to make a long-term series out of this concept is a mystery, but for now allow yourself to be taken hostage when the show premieres on Sept. 23 at 10pm.
Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell, Kal Penn and Chris Smith are the title characters in comedic misfire We Are Men. They play four single guys who all live in the same apartment complex and are desperate to pick up women. The lame, sophomoric humor never elicits more than a slight chuckle and is yet another example of a talented ensemble being totally wasted. My advice: don’t invite these men into your house when the show premieres on Sept. 30 at 8:30pm.
Anna Faris and Allison Janney star in the intermittently funny sitcom Mom. Faris is exceptional as a single mother struggling to raise two kids while working as a waitress, and Janney is every bit Faris’ equal as her misguided, alcoholic but ultimately supportive mom. The likable pilot shows potential and could evolve into a nice comic treat. Faris and Janney deserve it. Premieres Sept. 23 at 9:30pm.