In recent years, film actors have increasingly regarded television as another viable way to earn a living — with mixed success. Last year, Dennis Quaid showed up in CBS’ Vegas, which is still holding its own in the ratings, and Christina Ricci starred in ABC’s big-budget Pan Am, which nosedived and was cancelled after 14 episodes. This season, actors more closely associated with film, including Ricci again, Greg Kinnear, Eddie Murphy and Robin Williams, are headlining network efforts. If Williams’ show, David E. Kelley’s Crazy Ones, goes to series, it will be his first since he starred in Mork & Mindy for ABC back in 1978.


Beverly Hills Cop
Hour crime drama

Logline: Picking up 19 years after the last Beverly Hills Cop film, Axel Foley’s son is now a police officer who works at keeping Beverly Hills safe from criminal elements.
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Midd Kid Prods.
Executive Producers: Shawn Ryan, Eddie Murphy, Marney Hochman, Vahan Moosekian
Cast: Brandon T. Jackson, Eddie Murphy, David Denman, Kevin Pollak

Robin-Williams-robin-williams-23183012-2000-1330Crazy Ones
Format: Half-hour comedy
Logline: Set in the world of advertising, Crazy Ones looks at a father-daughter relationship in the workplace.
Studio: 20th Television
Executive Producer: David E. Kelley
Cast: Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk


Hour drama

Logline: Rake focuses on an extremely intelligent criminal defense lawyer who also happens to have self-destructive tendencies. Based on Peter Duncan’s original Australian series.
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Fedora Entertainment, Essential Media & Entertainment
Executive Producers: Peter Duncan, Peter Tolan, Michael Wimer, Richard Roxburgh, Ian Collie
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Miranda Otto, Necar Zadegan, Bojana Novakovic


Girlfriend in a Coma
Half-hour comedy

Logline: A 34-year-old woman awakens from a long-term coma to discover that she has a 17-year-old daughter.
Studio: Universal Television, Wolf Films
Executive Producers: Liz Brixius, Dick Wolf, Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski
Cast: Christina Ricci, Miranda Cosgrove

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