After a few years now of having three shows, it was recently revealed that Chuck Lorre was looking to expand yet again with a return to female-driven comedy in “Mom,” an ambitious new pilot currently held in high regard over at CBS. Now that we know the latest bit of casting news, it’s almost fair to say that this show is a lock to be picked up to series pending something very bad happening.
Sources have confirmed that Anna Faris, a modern-day comedy superstar on the big screen best known for launching the “Scary Movie” franchise, is set to star in the leading role of a sober single mom living in the Napa Valley, and her attempts to try and get herself back on her feet. This script was co-written by Lorre along with some folkds from “Two and a Half Men” in Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker.
If this show gets picked up (which we are saying is likely at the moment), this means that Lorre could have four shows on the air next year in this, the aforementioned Ashton Kutcher sitcom (which is becoming increasingly likely to be renewed thanks to some rising ratings), “Mike & Molly,” and the monster known as “The Big Bang Theory.” Luckily, he has enough talented people around him at all times in order to make all of this work.
As for where CBS could plug “Mom” in, they have a hole at the moment on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, which was previously held by the canceled “Partners.” “Rules of Engagement” will be taking over this spot soon … but this show’s history of being constantly on death’s door is pretty well-documented. There is also another comedy coming up in “Friend Me,” but its odds are not that great considering how long the network is holding on to it.
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