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Fall TV First Impression: CBS' Mom
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Fall TV First Impression: CBS' Mom

Jul 22 2013, 10:04pm CDT | by TV Line

The broadcast networks have almost 30 shows debuting this fall, including a futuristic tale from the Fringe team, new sitcoms from Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes, and a trip down the rabbit hole to...

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Fall TV First Impression: CBS' Mom

Jul 22 2013, 10:04pm CDT | by TV Line

The broadcast networks have almost 30 shows debuting this fall, including a futuristic tale from the Fringe team, new sitcoms from Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes, and a trip down the rabbit hole to Wonderland. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.

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THE SHOW | CBS’ Mom (Mondays at 9:30/8:30c; premieres Sept. 23)

THE COMPETITION | NBC’s The Voice, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, ESPN’s Monday Night Football, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow and The CW’s Beauty and the Beast
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THE CAST | Anna Faris (The House Bunny), Allison Janney (The West Wing), Nate Corddry (Studio 60), French Stewart (3rd Rock from the Sun), Sadie Calvano (Melissa & Joey), Matt Jones (NCIS) and others

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THE SET-UP | In this latest Chuck Lorre production, Faris is Christy, a four months-sober single mom tempted to pitch herself right off the wagon when her mother Bonnie (Janney), herself a recovering alcoholic/substance abuser, resurfaces after an estrangement. Corddry costars as Christy’s restaurant boss/boyfriend, Stewart’s a pugnacious chef, Calvano is Christy’s sexually active 16-year-old daughter Violet and Jones plays Baxter, the stoner/slacker father of Christy’s adolescent son.

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THE FIRST IMPRESSION | Two things I didn’t like about this pilot: The cold open — in which Faris ugly-sobs for what feels like 10 straight minutes — got old quick, and Janney doesn’t show up until about halfway in. But once mom and daughter do reunite and the barb-filled banter starts flying, the show finds a certain footing. The scenes set at home (where Christy tries to tame Violet and her doofus beau while struggling to make peace with her own mother) do not connect with those at the workplace (a restaurant that reads as especially artificial for a sitcom). Prediction: Bonnie gets hired as the eatery’s hostess by Episode 4. As a Lorre show, all the bawdy boxes get checked, including vivid sex jokes and rather specific drug humor — with a small boy reveling in beating a videogame’s hooker with a bat for good measure.

When not crying, Faris is fun and flinty as the middle layer of a dysfunctional family sandwich, while Janney — a four-time Emmy winner in Sorkinland — is obviously have a ball letting her hair and morals down, co-opting our nostalgic love for C.J. Cregg to help forgive Bonnie’s many, many trespasses.

RELATED | More Fall TV First Impressions: ABC’s WonderlandNBC’s  The BlacklistThe CW’s  ReignABC’s  Trophy Wife,Fox’s  Sleepy HollowCBS’  Hostages,  NBC’s  IronsideABC’s  Super Fun NightThe CW’s  The Tomorrow PeopleFox’s  Almost HumanCBS’  The Crazy Ones

THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE | Spelling Mike & Molly for the foreseeable future, Mom is perhaps a better companion show for 2 Broke Girls (right down to their food service professions!). As such, it should tee up the 10 o’clock hour as well, if not marginally better, than its predecessor — which is important, since CBS is putting much promotional muscle behind its 13-episode thriller Hostages.

Watch a video preview for Mom, then vote in our poll below.


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Michael J. Fox 'stunned' to learn of Robin Williams’ Parkinson’s Disease

Aug 14 2014 6:48pm CDT | Source: TV Tattle on Hitfix

Michael J. Fox “stunned” to learn of Robin Williams’ Parkinson’s Disease "Pretty sure his support for our Fdn predated his diagnosis,” Fox tweeted. "A true friend; I wish him peace.” PLUS: Disney channels will show “Al ...
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Betsy Brandt Books Return to Parenthood

Aug 1 2014 3:15pm CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

Betsy Brandt has booked her return to Parenthood. Perhaps setting up a love triangle for the show’s final season, the NBC drama will bring Brandt back as Hank’s ex-wife Sandy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The veteran actress (Breaking Bad, The Michael J. Fox Show, Masters of Sex) only appeared on one past episode but will stick around for a few weeks this time around. Parenthood Season 5 concluded with Hank and Sarah renewing their romance with a big ...
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'Teen Wolf' Fans Can Barely Contain Their Excitement At Comic Con

Jul 25 2014 5:52am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fans squealed and screamed, and some shed tears at Thursday's Comic-Con panel for MTV's hit series "Teen Wolf." Before cast members like Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin and Holland Roden took questions from fans, executive producer Jeff Davis announced the show had been picked up for a 20-episode, fifth season. He also confirmed actor Dylan Sprayberry has been upped to a series regular. "Teen Wol ...
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New Bill Cosby Show Could Debut As Soon As Summer 2015

Jul 13 2014 2:33pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Bill Cosby could be returning to the network with a new comedy as soon as next summer. The series, described as a "classic, extended-family sitcom" with Cosby as the patriarch, is currently in the writing stage, NBC executives said at Sunday's session of the summer TV critics' tour. It was first announced in January. Cosby, 77, has a long history with NBC, including his seminal "The Cosby Show," which became a smash hit 30 ...
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