A Comic Force of Nature: The Life — and Death — of Robin Williams - New York Times

Billy Crystal | 2018-05-15 09:00

Conceptually, the episode, "My Favorite Orkan," with its misbegotten alien-visitation plotline, was an abomination. Garry Marshall, who created "Happy Days" and spoke with Itzkoff before his death in 2016, relates in the book how ABC was so eager for a new hit, and he was so eager to bottle Williams’s magic, that the network gamely bought Marshall’s off-the-cuff pitch for a new show, in which Mork would land in Boulder (because, at the time, Marshall happened to have a niece at the University of Colorado), and his co-lead would be an as-yet-undefined character named Mindy (because alliteration).