Past TV Comedy Kings' New Sitcoms Are Nonfiction (Kind Of!)

Victoria Leigh Miller
Fall TV

The new TV season is all about familiar faces from shows of the past, and we have the scoop on whom you'll be reuniting with on the small screen this fall.

Thirty years after he made TV magic on the sci-fi sitcom "Mork & Mindy," Robin Williams is making a highly touted return to television. The classic sitcom star is back with the new CBS comedy "The Crazy Ones."

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Williams will play ad-agency honcho Simon Roberts on the single-camera David E. Kelley comedy, and his character is definitely no Don Draper. (Because, let's face it — have you even seen any of the "Mad Men" ad execs battle a supersized Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot?) 

Also on the payroll: Former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Sarah Michelle Gellar, who plays Williams's daughter and employee on the show.

But why would Williams return to TV after a successful movie career that earned him an Academy Award? (Hey, we're not complaining, just asking!) The actor recently told Parade his two divorces set him back a pretty penny, and the idea of a steady job appeals to him. And a clip from his new show mirrors that sentiment when he jokes about his ex-wife and says, "I feel like I'm back in court. Take half!"

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Michael J. Fox is back to the future (of television!) with "The Michael J. Fox Show." The "Family Ties" and "Spin City" star is hoping that the third time's another charm with a new self-titled NBC comedy that will mirror his real life. Fox plays Mike Henry, a TV newsman who returns to work despite his battle with Parkinson's disease, and the show will take an interesting tone as it addresses Fox's real-life ailment.

In an interview with Yahoo TV, actress Betsy Brandt ("Breaking Bad"), who plays Fox's better half on the show, said, "I think Parkinson's is going to play a much smaller role than people think it's going to, which I think makes sense because that's how Mike's life is."

Fox's co-star Wendell Pierce told Yahoo TV, "Most people will be surprised at how he's incorporated it into his life and how they incorporated it in the show."

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An example: In one scene, Fox's character mistakenly calls 911, and he tells the operator, "I misdialed … my drugs haven't kicked in yet." (Of course, that explanation doesn't fly, and before you know it, the NYPD shows up at his door.)

We didn't have to miss Andy Samberg for too long. The "Saturday Night Live" alum (he left the late-night series last year) headlines the new Fox sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Samberg plays a laid-back detective who goes head-to-head with his new hard-nosed captain (Andre Braugher). And while the show is definitely a comedy, one thing the star isn't fooling around with is the law enforcement aspects of the show. 

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Samberg told Yahoo TV, "We don't want to misrepresent law enforcement in any way or embarrass ourselves to that community. So we have advisors who've worked in law enforcement on set … and anytime we do anything procedural, we ask them if we're doing it properly, and if not, we make adjustments."

"The Crazy Ones" premieres Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. on CBS; "The Michael J. Fox Show" premieres Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9:30 p.m. on NBC; "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" airs on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on Fox. 

Check out cast photos from "The Crazy Ones":