David E. Kelley did a lot of horrible things to television, but this was the first time that he killed a man.
Forget Parkinsons, money problems or alcohol. Go rewatch the first episode of The Crazy Ones and you’ll know why Robin Williams slashed his wrists with a penknife and then hung himself.
Even watching an episode of The Crazy Ones is enough to make most people contemplate suicide.
Imagine you’re Robin Williams and your job is to spend a week playing the head of an ad agency whose big ambition in life is to get the fat girl from American Idol to sing about hamburgers.
You signed on to a TV show because you needed the money and now you realize you’re being paid $165,000 to shoot a 23 minute McDonalds ad.
There are no words for how screwed you feel.
Now that Robin Williams is dead, the cast of The Crazy Ones is bitching about him.
His antics infuriated the cast, even though he had been hired to try recreating the madcap spirit of “Mork & Mindy,” on which he often riffed unscripted, the source said.
He also indulged himself by taking his pet pooch, a rescued Pug named Leonard, to work.
“He brought it everywhere with him,” the source said. “When he wasn’t filming a scene, he was holding and petting and fawning over the dog.”
Williams — who last year said he signed on to the series because he wanted “a steady job” to help pay alimony to his two exes — often complained that he hated the show’s unedited daily rushes.
He also griped that he “had a bad feeling” about the lack of chemistry on set, while the rest of the cast blasted his constant need for attention, the source said.
He was right. The cast had no chemistry. Everyone except Gellar was so bland and blank they could have come from a modeling gig.
Watching The Crazy Ones was like watching A Night in the Museum except that the statues never came to life. Robin Williams was the only living man.
It’s no wonder he killed himself.
It wasn’t his fault that the miserable David E. Kelley sitcom failed. Robin Williams without a script could have been ten times funnier than David E. Kelley’s miserable project, but he walked away feeling like he couldn’t even make a sitcom work.
David E. Kelley’s hackery killed Robin Williams.