Magazine article Variety

'Mom' Worth a Snort, and Some Laughs, Too

Magazine article Variety

'Mom' Worth a Snort, and Some Laughs, Too

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'Mom' Worth a Snort, and Some Laughs, Too

Chuck Loire's already-sizable CBS footprint continues to grow with "Mom," joining "Two and a Half Men," "The Big Bang Theory" and a midseason "Mike & Molly" to bring to four his one-man renaissance of the multicamera comedy.

While the show breaks little ground, it's a fairly polished and inordinately well-cast pilot, with a central duo and underlying theme - mother-daughter relationships, and repeating destructive patterns - that should resonate with a chunk of its target CBS audience. At this point, the Mon. sept. 23. principal danger is whether 9.30 p.m. in success Lorre might run Exec out of cranky things to say produeers. on aj| those show-ending Lorre, Eddie vanity cards.

Gorodetsky, Anna Faris stars as NickBakay ^ . , _ , Christy, a woman for whom Starring: ... _ Anna Faris. "fe hasn t panned out as Allison Janney intended. She got knocked up early and is so distraught over working as a waitress in a high-end restaurant that a casual compliment about her service unleashes a torrent of tears.

Christy isn't faring much better in raising her teenage daughter (Sadie Calvano), who is already exhibiting a rambunctious, sleep-around streak, prompting mom to tell her, "Don't lie to the woman who washes your sheets."

Seeking consolation at an AA meeting, Christy runs into her mother, Bonnie (Allison Janney). When Christy recalls seeing her mom snort cocaine out of shag carpeting, Bonnie cheerfully dismisses the maneuver as simply being "thrifty. …

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