'Mom' preview: Anna Faris sobers up for TV in new Chuck Lorre CBS comedy
For a newly sober single mom, it's probably not a great idea for your estranged, recovering alcoholic mother to find her way back into your life. Nor is it a solid plan to live in wine country, working at a Napa Valley restaurant. But that's exactly what Anna Faris' character Christy is facing in the new CBS comedy "Mom."
The new series, Faris' first regular TV gig, brings prolific producer Chuck Lorre's tally to four on the network's docket for 2013-14. ("The Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men" also return this fall, with "Mike & Molly" held for midseason.) Centered around Faris' Christy, the show follows the exploits of the single mom who's been sober for four months. Working as a waitress, her newfound sobriety is tested when Bonnie (played by the estimable Allison Janney), her estranged mom reenters her life to over-complicate Christy's already crowded life. The cast is rounded out by Nate Corddry ("Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"), French Stewart ("3rd Rock From the Sun"), Sadie Calvano ("Melissa & Joey"), Blake Garrett Rosenthal ("New Girl"), Matt Jones ("Breaking Bad") and Spencer Daniels ("Star Trek").
The network's preview reveals "Mom" to firmly in line with what audiences have come to expect from a Lorre multi-camera comedy, however the material certainly appears to be elevated by its more-than-game cast. Faris and Janney are comedic powerhouses and securing them for the lead roles is a good sign for the series. Here's hoping the material doesn't let them down.
"Mom" airs Mondays at 9:30 p.m. this fall on CSB.
Watch the teaser above and let us know -- Are you looking forward to "Mom" this fall?