May 15, 2013

THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: CBS Featurette – “Mom”


No name has more cachet at CBS than Chuck Lorre’s.  He’s given the network The Big Bang Theory, 2 1/2 Men and Mike & Molly, and hopes are high that his MOM, taking over the Monday 9:30PM timeslot this fall, can join those at the top of the ratings heap.  The network’s behind-the-scenes featurette, naturally, paints the show in the best possible light.

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Mom looks like the kind of down-the-middle comedy that’s bread and butter for CBS.  It’s not necessarily the kind that all of us adore, but there’s no denying its success.  This one has the advantage of a very strong cast, not just Anna Faris in the lead, but a supporting cast that includes Allison Janney as her mother, Nathan Corddry as her (married, but to a bitch) love interest and French Stewart as a co-worker.  There’s no reason to think it won’t work for fans of its lead-in 2 Broke Girls, and the only real question is whether it can break out to become the next generation of CBS anchor comedy once How I Met Your Mother and, eventually, 2 1/2 Men are done.  Based on the fragments of footage here, the answer is “maybe.”



About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."