Pilot Scoop: Allison Janney Is Anna Faris' Mom

Allison Janney CBS Mom PilotMom‘s the word for West Wing Emmy winner Allison Janney, who has been cast as Anna Faris’ mother in the Chuck Lorre-produced CBS comedy pilot, TVLine has learned.

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The project centers on a newly sober single mom (Faris) who is trying to pull her life together in the Napa Valley.

Janney’s most recent full-time TV gig was ABC’s short-lived Matthew Perry comedy Mr. Sunshine.

Lorre co-wrote the Mom script with his Two and a Half Men colleagues Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker.

If Mom gets a green light (and if Two and a Half Men returns for an 11th season, as many expect it will) that would bring to four the number of shows Lorre will have on the air next fall, joining the already renewed The Big Bang Theory and sure thing Mike & Molly.

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  1. Colleen says:

    Love the casting those two seem a good fit together – hoping this does make it to pick up

  2. Sorry Faris, she’ll steal the show. She is fantastic!!

  3. jdbasset says:

    Anything that gets Allison Janney back on TV is a good thing, in my opinion.

  4. Jared says:

    Faris and Janney are two hilarious woman. Not a huge fan of Chuck Lorre and his sitcoms but ill definitely be checking this one out if it goes to series.

  5. Jon says:

    I’m just so angry because this show has such potential to be such an amazing thing but we all know that since its a Chuck Lore thing it’ll be crap

  6. Christian says:

    Oh man, you guys stole the words out of my mouth. I love Allison Janney and Anna Faris but I hate Chuck Lorre’s sitcoms. What to do, what to do!?

  7. Superhero says:

    No actor alive is good enough to make me watch a Chuck Lorre show.

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  9. Paula says:

    @annahope123 And Mike & Molly, Dharma & Greg, Cybill, Grace Under Fire, and Roseanne. I checked imdb–these are some of my favorite sitcoms, so I’m looking forward to this new one.

  10. Lucy says:

    Allison Janney back on TV? can’t wait to see the show then!

  11. dee123 says:

    She’s better than this.