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Robin Williams is still the crazy one on The Crazy Ones

- July 30th, 2013

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Sarah Michelle Gellar would rank Robin Williams, her co-star in the new sitcom The Crazy Ones, very high on the all-time comedians’ list.

“I mean, it’s amazing, it’s a dream come true (to work with Williams),” Gellar said at the Television Critics Association tour. “To me, if you think of the top 10 comics of all time, legends, to me, Robin is on that list.”

“And Carrot Top,” Williams interjected.

“And Carrot Top, of course,” Gellar added. “But with his shirt off.”

In The Crazy Ones, Williams and Gellar play a father-and-daughter team running an ad agency. It debuts this fall on CBS and City.

As hard as this is to believe, Williams actually has not been a regular on a TV show since his breakout role on Morky & Mindy, which aired from 1978 to 1982.

“Never,” the 62-year-old Williams said when it was suggested to him that he must have received many TV offers between then and now – and he wasn’t joking around when he said it. “I mean, I haven’t had one in a long time. I don’t know why.”

Recently Williams has done some independent movies, which he described as “more like co-dependent movies.” And as for the so-called film blockbusters, Williams said, “There are very few older super-hero movies.

“So it’s great to have a steady gig after so long,” Williams admitted. “It’s wonderful.”

HALL PASS

Arsenio Hall is returning to late-night TV with a syndicated show this fall, and he knows the landscape has changed since he left the genre back in 1994.

“I actually was down at the courthouse today,” Hall said. “I’m trying to change my name to Jimmy.”

Hall was referring, of course, to late-night mainstays Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. Veterans Jay Leno and David Letterman also are in that crowded group, and Hall took time to defend the much-criticized Leno.

“When you’re in the heat of battle, it’s easy to hate each other,” Hall said. “I met Jay in Chicago, where we were at a comedy club, and he told me, ‘You should come to L.A.’ He helped me find an apartment. He taught me to ride a motorcycle. We hung out. And then there came a time when we competed, and we were arguing and battling and calling each other on the phone. He’d take employees away from me, and I’d be mad.

“The bottom line is that lasted (only a short while) because we truly are friends. I was battling with Jay the competitor, who doesn’t want to lose, never wants to lose, wants to win every battle, every moment. So I get it.

“I think, as far as people’s personal feelings about (Leno) and what it really is, (Leno and Letterman) go way, way back, you know, to long before me. I’m sure it gets deeper with some guys. But I think, when you’re trying to win, it’s easy to do things that are so competitive that your competitors see you as the enemy.”

‘RICO IN REMEDY

Shaw Media announced that Canadian actor Enrico Colantoni – known for his roles in Flashpoint, Veronica Mars, Just Shoot Me! and Galaxy Quest, among other things – will star in the new medical drama Remedy. The series, which is slated for Global, will begin production this fall.

Bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

Heads up, Headstones, Flashpoint, Durham County fans; Hugh Dillon joins AMC’s The Killing

- February 17th, 2013

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Hugh Dillon appears to be “killing it” career-wise in 2013.

Sun Media/QMI Agency has learned that Dillon has been cast in the third season of AMC’s The Killing.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Dillon, formerly the lead actor in both Flashpoint and Durham County.

I loved this show. I mean, I love the shows on AMC, but The Killing was my favourite. I remember watching it in my trailer while doing Flashpoint and thinking, ‘This is an awesome show.’ And so it’s just surreal to be on it.

I start shooting next week,” added Dillon, who currently lives in Los Angeles. “It’s funny, it shoots in Vancouver, so I’m going home (to Canada) to shoot it.”

The Killing is a dark and critically acclaimed series starring Mireille Enos that found itself engulfed in controversy at the end of its first season. The marketing campaign repeatedly had asked the question, “Who killed Rosie Larsen?” but some fans were outraged that a last-minute twist kept that question unanswered heading into season two.

AMC executives were forced to apologize, and the ratings took a hit in season two. The Killing was cancelled by AMC in July 2012, but in January 2013 the network confirmed a change of heart and announced The Killing was returning for a third season.

Besides his new job on The Killing, Dillon has some TV projects in development in Canada, too. And he also is the front man in the reunited Canadian band The Headstones, who have a new album coming out this year.

It kind of felt like business as usual, because Flashpoint usually had a hiatus, so instead of coming back to Flashpoint, all of a sudden it’s AMC and the Headstones,” Dillon said.

(The Killing) is just a quality show in every regard. When you’re a fan of the show and then you get to be on it – I’ve never been in this position. I’ve started shows kind of from the ground up.

So this is just, wow. I’m super-excited.”

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