I debated calling this “Stephanie Worships Sarah Michelle Gellar” because, well, I do. Ever since Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she has definitely been my favorite actress/human. Buffy is such a fantastic show and Buffy was my favorite character. I laughed with her, I cried with her, I wanted to fight with her and save the world. And I’ve stuck with Sarah through her career since then. I root for her character in Cruel Intentions (yeah, I’m probably not supposed to, oops…), I loved those silly Scooby Doo movies, and I campaigned hard for people to watch Ringer, even though it ended up getting canceled and ended on a cliffhanger (ugh!). Since then, she’s mostly been out of the TV/movie loop, having another kid, getting Starbucks, etc.
So, you can imagine my delight and surprise when I found out that she was in a comedy pilot. And that said pilot got picked up! Wooo! After much waiting, it finally aired last night on CBS.
The Crazy Ones is about a father-daughter ad agency set in downtown Chicago. Sarah’s character, Sydney Roberts, is the voice of reason, while Robin Williams’s character, Simon Roberts, is her cooky, but brilliant dad whose mouth and thought process runs a mile a minute.
Robin Williams is someone that I always need to get used to. His comedy style can be overwhelming because he speaks so fast and it can be infuriating if you don’t follow along. I was a huge fan of Gilmore Girls because the jokes were quick, witty, and sprinkled with a zillion pop culture references, so following along with Williams wasn’t difficult, but I did find myself exhausted after some of his scenes.
Aside from the father-daughter duo, there are a few more familiar faces, at least for me. James Wolk, who plays Zach, was the way-too-charming Bob Benson from Mad Men. So he escaped one ad agency to go to another. Working for Don Draper is probably more exhausting than being a hot ladies’ man in modern-day Chicago. *wink* His reputation from the start was pretty clear and his scene with Kelly Clarkson in the recording booth was pretty raunchy, although hilarious since they were singing about meat. (Sarah’s extremely concerned face during this scene was priceless.)
The other familiar face for me is Amanda Setton because, yes, I used to love and watch Gossip Girl. In my head, her character from Gossip Girl just moved to Chicago and became a lot less mean. She’s pretty cute and ditzy and I giggled during the “smell my hair” scene.
Sarah also stepped up her game and was not afraid to embarrass herself in front of a lot of people. She’s not a big fan of singing. I remember reading many articles about how she was pretty uncertain about doing the Buffy musical since she has no singing talent whatsoever (I think she did a pretty damn good job!). So, when Kelly Clarkson made her sing a McDonald’s “jingle” loudly in a crowded restaurant, while she climbed up on a table in five-inch platform heels, I was impressed by her and embarrassed for her.
All in all, the show has definite promise for me. Most pilots are pretty shaky, but I knew what I was getting into having seen many of the scenes throughout the summer promotions. I definitely laughed many times throughout the episode. The heartwarming father-daughter element is also a big component of the show, which works because Robin and Sarah have pretty great chemistry.
I have hope that this show will continue to get better and hopefully won’t get canceled, so that it can find its footing as a great comedy. We’ll get to know the characters more, there will undoubtedly be romantic drama (maybe Zach will try to woo Sydney?), and more father-daughter bonding.
I’m just excited to see Sarah Michelle Gellar on my TV again–and not in the form of Buffy reruns, although I still watch those weekly.
My only complaint is that the show is not actually filmed in Chicago. How am I supposed to become SMG’s best friend if she’s not actually filming here?