David E. Kelley

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  • Birth Place: Waterville, ME
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 04/04/1956, Aries
  • Profession: Writer; producer; lawyer
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The Thursday Playlist: Star Vehicles for Fox, Hayes and Williams

Comebacks are big news this fall — James Spader enjoyed one on Monday with the splashy premiere of NBC's The Blacklist — and nowhere is this more true than on Thursdays, with three high-profile comedy vehicles for beloved stars from sitcoms past. And while conventional wisdom has long suggested that it's easier to create new stars on TV — Sleepy Hollow's Tom Mison, anyone? — than to build new shows around old favorites, what really matters is giving them material that lives up to the billing.

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Sneak Peek: Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar Return to TV In The Crazy Ones

On the set of The Crazy Ones, it's all fun and games until Robin Williams starts riffing on colonoscopy videos. Then things just go batty. "I bet you haven't seen one in HD and 3-D," he says, waving a DVD. "I'll get you a copy overnight. Hold on, I'll call Fecal Express."

Thirty-two years after uttering his final "nanu nanu" on Mork & Mindy, Williams is back in manic mode on a primetime half-hour comedy, this one from Ally McBeal and Boston Legal creator David E. Kelley. Williams plays...read more

Critic's Notebook: CBS at TCA

The No. 1 broadcast network delivered a welcome jolt of energy to its day in the TCA press-tour spotlight when CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, one of network TV's most boisterous showmen and champions, took the stage Monday morning for the first time since 2005 (filling in at the last minute for entertainment president Nina Tassler, called away for a friend's funeral). Bluntly bullish on CBS's prospects for the new season ("We're confident we're going to be up this year"), Moonves credited stability as a primary factor for the network's long-term success.

"It's great to be able to renew 20 shows. It really is. ... When you can do that, it makes it easier to launch shows when you're launching them in positions that are behind successful shows. Obviously, it doesn't work all the time [RIP, Vegas and Golden Boy], but it leads to a degree of being able to win year after year." Moonves suggested the streak won't last forever, pointing to NBC's fall from grace when it couldn't find new hits to replace Friends and ER. But given the lackluster state of so much of this new fall season, it's hard to imagine any rival unseating CBS anytime soon.

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Kristin Chenoweth talks about her 2 big new shows.
From The Hip
Doogie Howser, M.D.: Season 1
Doogie Howser, M.D.: Season 4

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Credits

Year Title Description
2013 The Crazy Ones TV Show Series, Creator
2013 The Crazy Ones TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2013 Monday Mornings TV Show Series, Creator
2013 Monday Mornings TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2010 TV's Greatest Surprises TV Show Series, Appearing

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Robin Williams on Returning to TV for The Crazy Ones: It's Great to Have a Steady Gig

Can you believe it's been more than 30 years since Robin Williams' last full-time television job (CBS' Mork and Mindy)? After a successful movie career, including high-profile performances in The Word According to Garp, Dead Poets Society, Disney's animated Aladdin and Good Will Hunting (for which he won an Oscar), he's back on the small screen alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar on The Crazy Ones.

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TNT Discharges David E. Kelley Medical Drama Monday Mornings

TNT is calling time of death on the David E. Kelley medical drama Monday Mornings, the network has confirmed.

"TNT has decided not to renew the medical drama Monday Mornings for a second season. We are... read more

Ask Matt: Veronica Mars Reborn, Cancellation Anxiety, the Vegas Move

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I'm thrilled that Veronica Mars fans will be getting a long-awaited movie. I have a few questions related to the Kickstarter campaign that made it possible: 1) Were you surprised that the goal of $2 million was reached in only 24 hours given the ratings challenges the show always faced as a TV series? 2) There was some controversy about whether asking fans to fund the project instead of having the studio fund it was ...
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Pilot Season: Sarah Michelle Gellar to Play Robin Williams' Daughter in CBS Sitcom

Sarah Michelle Gellar is slated to star alongside Robin Williams in the CBS sitcom pilot The Crazy Ones, TVGuide.com has learned.

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Pilot Season: James Wolk to Co-Star in CBS' The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams

Political Animals star James Wolk has joined the cast of the CBS pilot The Crazy Ones, a workplace comedy starring Robin Williams, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

The Crazy Ones, from David E. Kelley, is... read more

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