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Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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| Courtesy Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar star in the new CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones.”
Thursday on TV: 'The Crazy Ones' looks like a winner

I liked the pilot of The Crazy Ones (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2). I liked the second episode even more.

Granted, that's not a whole lot to go on. But that's a very good sign.

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This sitcom about a father (Robin Williams) and daughter (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who run an ad agency could actually work. And two things are giving me added hope.

First, Williams does his crazy schtick, but it's been used judiciously. Too much and it would overwhelm theshow.

And, second, this is an ensemble comedy. It's not just about the two leads. And James Wolk, Hamish Linklater and Amanda Setton have all had some great moments in the first two episodes.

Again, we don't know exactly where this is going. But my expectations have been raised.

Elsewhere on TV ...

The Big Bang Theory (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Amy ruins one of Sheldon's favorite films, and he wants revenge.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Alice goes down the rabbit hole in search of her genie boyfriend in the premiere of this spinoff. (For more on this show, read the review on this blog.)

Parks and Recreation (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Anna reveals her plans.

The X Factor (7 p.m., Fox/Ch.13): The Four Chair Challenge continues.

High school football (7 p.m., Channel 14): Riverton at Herriman

The Vampire Diaries (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Damon searches for Stefan.

Women's college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Santa Clara at BYU

Project Runway (7 and 11 p.m., Lifetime): The contestants work on their collections in Part 1 of the season finale.

The Millers (7:30 p.m, CBS/Ch. 2): Carol wants to rearrange positions in the family's cemetery plot.

Welcome to the Family (7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Dan goes to Miguel's gym to get in shape.

The Crazy Ones (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Simon tries to teach Sydney to drive - again.

Grey's Anatomy (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The doctors plan a fundraising gala.

Sean Saves the World (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Who's going to help Ellie buy a bra?

Glee (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Finn is dead and his friends memorialize him - and the show memorializes the late Cory Monteith, too.

Two and a Half Men (8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Berta hurts her back on the job.

The Michael J. Fox Show (8:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Mike's battles his nemesis, anchorwoman Susan Rodriguez-Jones.

Elementary (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Cyberterrorists get in the way of Holmes' latest investigation.

Scandal (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Flashbacks reveal more about Olivia's relationship with her father.

Parenthood (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Sarah turns to Hank for help.



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