Robin Williams, left, and Sarah Michelle Gellar are shown in The Crazy Ones, a new CBS comedy premiering in the fall of 2013. (Richard Cartwright/CBS/Associated Press)

Robin Williams is returning to network TV next fall in a new workplace comedy that also stars Sarah Michelle Gellar of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame.

The Crazy Ones was one of eight new shows announced Wednesday by CBS, the last of the big American networks to announce its fall-winter season.

Produced by David E. Kelly, best known for shows like Ally McBeal, The Crazy Ones features Williams as a  larger-than-life advertising genius known for his unorthodox methods and unpredictable behaviour. Williams, who made his name with TV sitcom Mork & Mindy, has made movies such as Good Morning Vietnam and Patch Adams.

Gellar, last seen in Ringer, plays his daughter and business partner.

CBS has the strongest ratings of all the U.S. networks, so it ordered fewer new shows than its rivals.

Among the new shows:

  • Mom: A sitcom from Chuck Lorre about a newly sober single mom, played by Anna Faris, with Allison Janney as her estranged mother.
  • We Are Men: a comedy about four love-challenged single men living in the same apartment complex.
  • The Millers: a comedy starring Will Arnett as a recently divorced man whose plans to enjoy the single life are disrupted when his parents move in.

It also ordered two new limited-run dramas: Hostages, a 15-episode thriller about a surgeon who is taken hostage the night before she is to operate on the president and Intelligence, about an agent whose skills are enhanced by a microchip implanted in his brain.  

CSI: N.Y., Vegas, Golden Boy and Rules of Engagement were cancelled.


With files from The Associated Press