A curated outtakes reel featuring the week's funniest flubbed lines and most ridiculous sendups plays after each episode. "We had enough to make an entire episode," says Sarah Michelle Gellar (chatting with onscreen dad Williams).
A giant mural of Williams accents the elevator lobby of the series' office set, inspired by the Leo Burnett agency's own accent that spills onto the floor. "They did a few spots of Robin walking in front of that and it seemed epic at the time, like, Robin’s back," recalls James Wolk.
The main cast waits in the bullpen as the morning's first shot is set up. During off hours, there is a preferred gathering spot: "We all hang out in [Wolk's] trailer because it smells like home," jokes Hamish Linklater.
Whenever Linklater, Amanda Setton and Wolk (pictured here at crafts services) share a scene, a case of the giggles isn't far behind. "We have laughing fits that are insane," says Wolk.
"Sarah has so much knowledge about character and what works," says Williams (right), chatting with executive producer Bill D'Elia. "I trust her on that level."
The logos on the office wall of Williams' Simon Roberts represent Lewis, Roberts + Roberts' clientele. His office, a favorite filming location of the cast, also houses awards won by executive producer/real-life ad veteran John Montgomery. "We had to sneak them out of the office," jokes Williams.
Brad Garrett (with Setton) is one of several key guest stars who appeared on The Crazy Ones. Others include Mork & Mindy's Pam Dawber, Josh Groban, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kelly Clarkson, whom Gellar says was "a revelation."
Real corporations (McDonald's, Allstate, Victoria's Secret) are spotlighted on Crazy Ones, but so are fake products like Satan's Tongue barbecue sauce.
Getting Into Work Mode
Wolk sits by a monitor displaying the Lewis, Roberts + Roberts ad agency logo in one of the conference rooms on the expansive office set.
Linklater sits in a parked golf cart as he prepares for the next scene outside the show's two soundstages.
Setton checks her phone in between setups. Of her favorite off-camera moment, says Setton: "I got to spend my birthday on set and it was really special because we were all here. My brother was in town, my boyfriend was here and they had a cake for me and gifts. It was a loving day."
Williams and Garrett take their marks as crewmembers ready the next scene taking place in Simon Roberts' office, which is known for its knick-knacks and toys. Case in point: the life-size boxing figure in the back corner.
The Lewis, Roberts + Roberts ad agency is specifically designed to inspire a collaborative and open environment, according to production designer Lori Agostino. The walls between the offices and work areas are made of floor-to-ceiling glass in order to see the inner-workings of the agency.
A glimpse at one of the desks in the bullpen. As Agostino reveals, all the desks are fully operational with working computers. Campaign art used in upcoming episodes is often created in the bullpen.
"Coming up back in the day, Robin was always one of my heroes, so to get the opportunity to work for him, I just jumped at it. He's been a prince. We had an immediate chemistry. We now live together in a small flat in Marin County," jokes Garrett.
Episode director Matt Sohn (right) discusses the finale's script with a crewmember.