Mom (TV series)

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Mom
Mom intertitle.png
Genre Sitcom
Dramedy
Created by
Starring
Opening theme "Overture" from Ruslan and Lyudmila by Mikhail Glinka
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 44 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Chuck Lorre Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original channel CBS
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original release September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23) – present
External links
Website

Mom is an American sitcom that premiered on September 23, 2013, on CBS. The series stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney and was created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, as well as Gemma Baker.

On March 12, 2015, CBS renewed the series for a third season.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

Mom follows Christy Plunkett (Anna Faris), a single mother who, after dealing with her battle with alcoholism and drug abuse, decides to restart her life in Sonoma, California, working as a waitress and attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Her mother Bonnie Plunkett (Allison Janney) is also a recovering drug and alcohol addict. Christy's 17-year-old daughter Violet (Sadie Calvano), who was born when Christy was 16, has herself become a teen mother by her boyfriend Luke. Christy also has a younger son Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal) by her ex-husband Baxter (Matt L. Jones), a deadbeat but likeable pothead. The show, as it progresses, adds themes of real-life issues such as alcoholism, teen pregnancy, cancer, homelessness, gambling addiction, domestic violence, death, drug addiction and relapse.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Character Portrayed by Seasons
1 2 3
Christy Plunkett Anna Faris Main
Bonnie Plunkett Allison Janney Main
Violet Plunkett Sadie Calvano Main
Roscoe Blake Garrett Rosenthal Main
Baxter Matt L. Jones Main
Chef Rudy French Stewart Main
Marjorie Armstrong Mimi Kennedy Recurring Main
Jill Kendall Jaime Pressly N/A Recurring Main
Gabriel Nate Corddry Main Recurring
Luke Spencer Daniels Main Recurring
  • Anna Faris as Christy Plunkett: a single mother who has gone a year without drinking and is still struggling with addiction and gambling. Now sober, she tries to regain the trust of her daughter Violet, who is revealed to be pregnant herself in the first episode. Christy also has a younger son, Roscoe, as well, and strives to be a good example to him. As if that were not enough, she is also trying to iron out the rough edges in her relationship with Bonnie, her mother, who never learned to play her role well and who would rather go out and drink than baby-sit. Christy later finds out about her biological father, who was an old boyfriend of Bonnie's that ran out on Christmas Eve, the day before Christy was born. Christy finds the man, a now-married father of two sons, running an auto repair shop in Chico, California.
  • Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett: Christy's mother, a joyful, peaceful recovering addict who is now grateful with life. She tries desperately to regain the love and trust of her daughter, whom she was unable to properly nurture as a child. A single mother, she preferred to party and drink rather than stay home. With time and much therapy, Bonnie managed to find the balance and now wants to catch up, revealing to Christy her past, including who her real father is and how to find him, as well as her past side career as a drug dealer.
  • Sadie Calvano as Violet Plunkett: Christy's daughter and older half-sister of Roscoe. Violet is hardworking, smart and sure of herself, though upset with her mother, who never had time to take care of her children and failed to fulfill a true motherly role despite now being sober for some time. After having her boyfriend Luke's baby, Violet made the decision to give up her baby for adoption because she felt that this was the best way to break her family's repeated cycle of poor life choices and give her child a better chance than she, her mother, or her grandmother ever had. During season 2, after a brief downward spiral of bad behaviour, Violet gets engaged to her psychology professor.
  • Blake Garrett Rosenthal as Roscoe: Christy's son by Baxter and half-brother of Violet. Unintelligent, bratty and simplistic even for his age, he loves and idolizes his father, even if he is not the best example to follow.
  • Mimi Kennedy as Marjorie Armstrong (recurring season 1, regular season 2–present):[2] an old friend-turned-enemy-turned-friend-again of Bonnie, who meets Christy at AA and they become great friends. She has had many problems with alcohol and drugs in the past and is now facing a greater threat after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Matt L. Jones as Baxter: Christy's ex-husband and the father of Roscoe. Sweet and charming, but very unstable, he is unable to maintain a serious relationship or steady work for much longer than a month. Loves easy life and frequently gets into fraudulent deals to make money. Despite his flaws, he is a loving father who usually comes through for his son. During season 2, Baxter, under the influence of his wealthy new girlfriend, gives up his fraudulent ways and becomes a used car salesman.
  • Jaime Pressly as Jill Kendall (recurring season 2, regular season 3):[3] A new AA member whom Christy sponsors, Jill is a wealthy socialite who is prone to relapses and violent behaviour.
  • French Stewart as Chef Rudy: the head chef for the restaurant where Christy works as a waitress. A dominant and difficult self-made man, Rudy acts superior in his relationships with others. He is boastful and arrogant, often yelling at his subordinates without mincing words and will not hesitate to humiliate anyone who opposes him. He is secretive about his past and distant from people, but briefly dates Bonnie at one point: during this time, he is revealed to be a fetishist with expensive tastes and hobbies who enjoys stealing food from the restaurant.
  • Spencer Daniels as Luke (regular season 1, recurring season 2–present): a young student who loves to enjoy life and adventure. He had been dating Violet for a little over a year and got her pregnant. Luke is considerably airheaded, smoking marijuana often, but always tries to prove to Christy that he is not as crazy as he appears: he seems to genuinely love Violet, staying beside her and supporting her throughout her pregnancy, and he is often more sensitive towards Christy than her own children are, perhaps because his parents are right-wing religious extremists who he does not connect with.
  • Nate Corddry as Gabriel (regular season 1, recurring season 2–present): the manager of the restaurant where Christy works. Married to a domineering woman who scares him somewhat, Gabriel and Christy are carrying on an affair which Christy later ends but which Gabriel himself frequently and desperately tries to renew: they resume their affair in season 2 when Christy is promoted as his replacement. He is a hardworking, competent manager, but often put in his place by his subordinates, particularly Chef Rudy.

Recurring[edit]

  • Kevin Pollak as Alvin Biletnikoff (seasons 1–2): Christy's father and Bonnie's ex-boyfriend who abandoned them when Christy was born. When Christy found Alvin he was married with two sons; despite that he loves Christy and does what he can to be in her life and help out, including fixing up a used car to give her and attempting to reach out to her children as a grandparent. He and Bonnie initially treated each other with contempt and hatred over the various mistakes each of them has made in their past, but they rekindled their relationship after his wife left him and he survived a heart attack. In season 2, Alvin has a second heart attack while in bed with Bonnie, and dies.
  • Octavia Spencer as Regina Tompkins (season 1–present): A fellow AA member and money manager who embezzled from her clients and is now facing a prison sentence. While a close if questionable friend to Christy, Regina and Bonnie typically hold each other in contempt, but beneath the surface they bear some affection for each other. In the middle of season 2, she is given early parole and becomes a religious fanatic.
  • Courtney Henggeler as Claudia (season 1–present): Gabriel's wealthy and snobbish wife.
  • Reggie de Leon as Paul (season 1–present): Chef Rudy's silent and often submissive sous-chef.
  • Justin Long as Adam Henchy (season 1): a civil engineer who becomes Christy's first boyfriend since her becoming sober. Christy later breaks up with him in a nervous fit after attempting to hold off any sexual interaction in favour of a committed emotional relationship.
  • Beverly D'Angelo as Lorraine Biletnikoff (season 2): Alvin's ex-wife who despises Bonnie and Christy.
  • Jordan Dunn (season 1) and Clark Duke (season 2) as Jackie Biletnikoff: Alvin and Lorraine's younger son, a junkie.
  • Zachary Stockdale (season 1) and Chris Smith (season 2) as Douglas Biletnikoff: Alvin and Lorraine's older son, who is slightly antagonistic towards Christy.
  • Beth Hall as Wendy (season 2): an attendee at the women's sobriety meetings who is frequently crying. She is a registered nurse.
  • Sara Rue as Candace (season 2): Baxter's wealthy new girlfriend, under whose influence he has reformed. Christy has a one-sided rivalry with her.
  • David Krumholtz as Gregory Munschnick (season 2): Violet's fiancé, a psychology professor at the college she attends.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Ranking Viewers
(in millions)
1 22 September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23) April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14) No. 42 8.34[4]
2 22 October 30, 2014 (2014-10-30) April 30, 2015 (2015-04-30) No. 26 11.79[5]
3 TBA November 5, 2015 (November 5, 2015) Spring 2016 (Spring 2016) TBA TBA

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Faris in 2012 was first cast.

Mom was one of the many projects that became a priority for CBS and Warner Bros when it was pitched in December 2012, in part due to Lorre's new four-year deal with Warner the previous September.[6] It was green-lit by CBS for a series order pickup on May 9, 2013.[7] This pickup also gives Lorre the distinction of having four sitcoms airing on one network starting in the 2013–14 season. The following week, the network announced that it would place the sitcom in the Monday night 9:30 pm (ET/PT) time slot following 2 Broke Girls.[8] However, after the cancelation of We Are Men, 2 Broke Girls was moved into the show's 8:30 pm slot, with repeats of The Big Bang Theory occupying the 9 pm lead-in time slot to Mom until the season debut of Mike & Molly on November 4, 2013. The show received a full first season order for 22 episodes on October 18, 2013.[9]

On March 13, 2014, CBS announced the second season renewal of Mom.[10] The series moved from Mondays at 9:30 PM to Thursdays at 8:30 PM for the first fourteen episodes until the series moved to Thursdays at 9:30 PM following The Odd Couple series premiere and the series finale of Two and a Half Men.[11][12]

Casting[edit]

Janney in 2012 was second cast and won an Emmy Award in its first season for the role.

The series gives Faris, who had guest-starred in various television programs between her film projects and been sought-after for other television projects (including a failed pilot called Blue Skies that was being produced for NBC), her first full-time television role, as she landed the part of the lead character, Christy, in January 2013.[13] On January 28, 2013, Janney was next to come aboard the project, playing Christy's mother.[14] Matt Jones and Spencer Daniels were added to the cast in February 2013, with Jones playing Christy's ex-husband, Baxter, and Daniels taking the role of Luke, the boyfriend of Christy’s daughter, Violet.[15]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Season Time slot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
1
Monday 9:30 pm
22
September 23, 2013
7.99[16]
April 14, 2014
6.86[17] 2013–14 42nd 8.34[18]
2
Thursday 8:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 pm
22
October 30, 2014
11.13[19]
April 30, 2015
8.78[20] 2014–15 26th 11.79[5]
3
Thursday 9:00 pm
TBA
November 2015
TBA
2016
TBA 2015–16 TBA TBA

Critical reception[edit]

Mom has been met with positive reviews from critics, with much praise going to the cast, especially leads Allison Janney and Anna Faris. The show received a Metacritic score of 65 out of 100 in its first season, based on reviews by 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[21] Boston Herald critic, Mark A. Perigard gave a positive review, writing "This is dark material, yet Faris balances it with a genuine winsomeness, able to wring laughs out of the most innocuous lines." New York Magazine critic Matt Zoller Seitz praised the cast, calling it "just about perfect".

For the second season, the show received a Metacritic score of 81 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim".[22] Pittsburgh Post-Gazette critic, Rob Owen said "Mom remains funny, thanks in large part to the great work of Allison Janney as Christy's potty-mouthed mom, Bonnie."

Accolades[edit]

Awards
Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
2014 People's Choice Award Favorite New TV Comedy Nominated
Favorite Actress in a New TV Series Anna Faris Nominated
Favorite Actress in a New TV Series Allison Janney Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Allison Janney Won
Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Mimi Kennedy Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Allison Janney Won
2015 People's Choice Award Favorite Network TV Comedy Nominated
72nd Golden Globe Awards[23] Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Allison Janney Nominated
Prism Awards Performance in a Comedy Series Anna Faris Nominated
Allison Janney Won
Comedy Series Episode or Multi-Episode Storyline Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Comedy Series Pending
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Allison Janney Pending

Broadcast[edit]

In Australia, Mom debuted on Nine Network on April 9, 2014.[24] In Canada, City airs the series simultaneously.[25][26] In Greece, Star Channel debut the series on 25 of October 2014.[27] In the United Kingdom, ITV2 debuted the show on January 20, 2014,[28] with season two debuting on March 2, 2015.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 12, 2015). "'Mom', 'Mike & Molly' & '2 Broke Girls' Renewed (Officially) by CBS". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (April 25, 2014). "CBS' 'Mom' Promotes Mimi Kennedy to Series Regular (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 13, 2015). "Jaime Pressly Named New ‘Mom’ Regular". Deadline. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Full 2013-2014 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline. May 22, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Full 2014-15 Series Rankings". Deadline Hollywood. May 22, 2015. Retrieved May 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ "CBS Orders Single Mom Comedy Pilot From Chuck Lorre & 'Two And A Half Men' Writers" from Deadline (December 12, 2012)
  7. ^ "Chuck Lorre's CBS Pilot 'Mom' To Get Series Order Tomorrow" from Deadline (May 8, 2013)
  8. ^ CBS Announces 2013–2014 Primetime Schedule from The Futon Critic (May 15, 2013)
  9. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 18, 2013). "CBS Gives Full Season Orders to 'The Crazy Ones', 'The Millers' & 'Mom'". TV by the Numbers (Press release). 
  10. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 13, 2014). "CBS Renews 'The Good Wife', 'The Millers', 'Two and a Half Men', 'Hawaii Five-0', 'Mom', 'Blue Bloods', 'Elementary' and 11 More". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 25, 2014). "CBS Shifts 'Mom' to Thursdays, 'The Millers' to Mondays & Extends 'The Big Bang Theory' Hour-Long Monday Run". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 5, 2014). "'Two and a Half Men' to End Thursday, February 19th Following 'The Odd Couple' + 'Mom' Shifts to 9:30". TVbytheNumbers.com. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  13. ^ Finally! Anna Faris coming to TV in new Chuck Lorre CBS comedy, 'Mom' (from Hollywood.com) (January 4, 2013)
  14. ^ "Chuck Lorre's new sitcom casts 'West Wing' star" from Entertainment Weekly (January 28, 2013)
  15. ^ Duo Cast In Chuck Lorre’s CBS Pilot 'Mom' from Deadline (February 11, 2013)
  16. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 24, 2013). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Voice' & 'How I Met Your Mother' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'Hostages' or 'The Blacklist'". TV by the Numbers. 
  17. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 15, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: '2 Broke Girls' & 'The Voice' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Full 2013-2014 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline. May 22, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  19. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 31, 2014). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Vampire Diaries' & 'Scandal' Adjusted Up; 'Mom', 'Two and a Half Men', 'The McCarthys' & 'Elementary' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  20. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 1, 2015). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' & 'Bones' Adjusted Up; 'American Crime' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Mom: Season 1 Reviews". Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Mom: Season 2 Reviews". Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Golden Globes - 2014 - The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2014)". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. HFPA. goldenglobes.org. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  24. ^ Knox, David (March 29, 2014). "Airdate: Mom". TV Tonight. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  25. ^ "City Unveils Prime-Time Schedule for 2013-14 Season". Newswire. Toronto: CNW. June 4, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  26. ^ Wilford, Denette (June 3, 2014). "City, FX Canada Fall TV Lineup 2014-15: Hollywood And Hockey". Huffington Post Canada. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  27. ^ http://www.star.gr/tv/el/Pages/Series.aspx?artId=206&artTitle=mom
  28. ^ Munn, Patrick (January 8, 2014). "ITV2 Sets UK Premiere Date For ‘Mom’". TV Wise. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  29. ^ Munn, Patrick (February 18, 2015). "ITV2 Sets UK Premiere Date For ‘Mom’ Season 2". TV Wise. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 

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