Robin Williams does grim turn on 'Homicide'

October 06, 1993|By Mike Duffy | Mike Duffy,Knight-Ridder News Service

Don't expect Mork from Ork when Robin Williams guest stars on "Homicide."

The low-rated, highly acclaimed NBC police drama has just finished filming four new episodes in Baltimore for airing in early 1994. And Mr. Williams was lured back to prime-time TV for a brief visit by "Homicide" executive producer Barry Levinson, who'd directed Mr. Williams to movie stardom in "Good Morning Vietnam."

It will be Mr. Williams' first acting appearance on TV since "Mork & Mindy."

No jokes this time, though. Mr. Williams plays a tourist whose wife has been killed in a mugging.

"Homicide," a grimly powerful and impressive journey into the lives of Baltimore homicide detectives, wowed critics but languished at the bottom of the ratings during a 2-month run last winter.

Though the series recently won Emmy Awards for writing and editing, NBC has shown little enthusiasm for the nurturing and patience required to build "Homicide" into a high-quality modest success.

The four episodes have yet to be scheduled by NBC.

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