Can Robin Williams stick to a script?

Robin Williams. (WENN.COM)

Robin Williams. (WENN.COM)

Linda Massarella, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:43 PM ET

LOS ANGELES - With the new CBS pilot Crazy Ones about to start shooting, the question the writers must be asking is: "Can mad comic genius Robin Williams stick to the script?"

Williams thundered to fame 30 years ago playing the alien Mork in the beloved TV series Mork & Mindy and Hollywood is buzzing about the Oscar winner's imminent return to the small screen.

But Williams -- whose film credits include Dead Poet's Society, Bird Cage and Good Will Hunting -- is notorious for going off script and into manic improvisations.

While the acting technique is encouraged during a leisurely movie shoot, for a tightly scripted television show with a limited shooting time, it can create havoc.

Crazy Ones writers may want to re-read some of the original Mork & Mindy scripts: Writers on that show apparently quickly learned to budget minutes in the script with the note: "Robin goes off here ..."

 


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