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Robin Williams on Returning To TV, Getting Sober and Downsizing in His 60s

Parade visits Robin Williams, who is returning to TV in his first series since he gained fame in Mork & Mindy more than 30 years ago. The beloved actor, 62, plays an unorthodox adman in CBS’s The Crazy Ones (starting Sept. 26), co-starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as his daughter and ad agency partner. “We needed an actor who could convey genius, insanity, and comedy, tempered with humanity,” says series creator David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal). “Robin was the first and only choice.”

Here are some excerpts from the wide-ranging interview:

On what it’s like being back on TV:

“It’s fun. I’m having such a blast doing it with Sarah. She’s a sweet woman. And the idea of a father-daughter relationship—since I have a daughter, I’ve done the research on that.”

On why this was the right time to return after 31 years:

“The idea of having a steady job is appealing. I have two [other] choices: go on the road doing stand-up, or do small, independent movies working almost for scale [minimum union pay]. The movies are good, but a lot of times they don’t even have distribution. There are bills to pay. My life has downsized, in a good way. I’m selling the ranch up in Napa. I just can’t afford it anymore.”

On whether he lost all his money in his two divorces:

“Well, not all. Lost enough. Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it ‘all the money,’ but they changed it to ‘alimony.’ It’s ripping your heart out through your wallet. Are things good with my exes? Yes. But do I need that lifestyle? No.”

On whether he felt betrayed by Lance Armstrong, who had been a friend:

“It wasn’t just Lance. [Most of the] team was doping. I haven’t seen him since one of the last Livestrong benefits, I think just before the Oprah interview. It was literally like a wake for someone who was still alive, this overall feelingthat the dream was over.”

On relapsing into drinking, 20 years after getting sober, while filming The Big White:

“One day I walked into a store and saw a little bottle of Jack Daniel’s. And then that voice—I call it the ‘lower power’—goes, ‘Hey. Just a taste. Just one.’ I drank it, and there was that brief moment of ‘Oh, I’m okay!’ But it escalated so quickly. Within a week, I was buying so many bottles I sounded like a wind chime walking down the street. I knew it was really bad one Thanksgiving when I was so drunk they had to take me upstairs.”

On his family intervening to get him into rehab in 2006:

“It was not an intervention so much as an ultimatum. Everyone kind of said, ‘You’ve got to do this.’ And I went, ‘Yeah, you’re right.’”

On why he’s done USO tours for our troops:

“I do those because it’s like the real version of Good Morning, Vietnam, meeting people and seeing what I can do to help. They’re the best audiences I’ve ever had. The most powerful experience is visiting the wounded in hospitals. A friend of mine’s doing a program in San Francisco at a veterans’ hospital, getting them to do improv comedy as therapy. And it’s really helping. Comedy can be a cathartic way to deal with personal trauma.”

On whether, looking back, he has regrets:

“No. Regrets don’t help.”

For more from Robin Williams check out Sunday’s Parade, or go to http://www.parade.com/154817/dotsonrader/robin-williams-on-returning-to-tv-getting-sober-and-downsizing-in-his-60s

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Star Robin Sachs Dies

Actor and video game voice artist Robin Sachs unexpectedly died last week at the age of 61. He reportedly passed away Friday in California. No other details, include Sachs’ cause of death, have been released.

“This is a post we never thought we would have to write…” reads a statement on the British actor’s official website.”It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Robin Sachs. Please join us in raising a glass to Robin – goodbye, dear friend. Thank you for all the laughter and the cookies. We will miss you so very much.”

Sachs is best known for his role as evil sorcerer Ethan Rayne on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series, which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, ran on the WB from 1997 to 2003. He appeared on countless other shows including Babylon 5, Star Trek: Voyager, Torchwood, Alias and NCIS. Sachs also provided voices for video games like Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3 and Rainbow Six: Lockdown.

Live! With Kelly C0-Hosts For Week of Feb 13

LIVE! With Kelly has announced the three guest co-hosts who will join Kelly Ripa the week of February 6-10, 2012.

February 6, 2012 – “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer and Season 13 finalist DEREK HOUGH kicks off the week as Kelly’s guest co-host for the day. The guests are actress Debra Messing, and, from “The Middle,” young actor Atticus Shaffer.

February 7, 2012 – Former New York Giants player and “Fox NFL Sunday” broadcaster MICHAEL STRAHAN joins Kelly and guests Sarah Michelle Gellar and Michael Weatherly.

February 8, 2012 – Kelly and MICHAEL STRAHAN team up for a second day and welcome actors Denzel Washington and Vanessa Hudgens.

February 9, 2012 – JERRY O’CONNELL and Kelly sit down with actor Ryan Reynolds, as well as Sammi Giancola and Deena Cortese of “Jersey Shore.”

February 10, 2012 – JERRY O’CONNELL shares a second day with Kelly, and the two welcome action star Dwayne Johnson, plus another very special guest: O’Connell’s lovely wife Rebecca Romijn.

“LIVE! with Kelly” is distributed in national syndication by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. Produced by WABC-TV in New York and executive-produced by Michael Gelman, “LIVE! with Kelly” airs in more than 200 markets across the U.S. Visit “LIVE!” on the web at www.livewithkelly.tv, on Facebook, or follow “LIVE!” on Twitter @LiveKelly.