Judging by its suggestive title — "Corned Beef and Handcuffs" — the Dec. 16 episode of CBS' Mom promises to be naughtier than usual.
When Al Higgins took over as showrunner on Mike & Molly in May, executive producer Chuck Lorre posed a question that he couldn't answer.
"We sat down and the first thing Chuck Lorre said to me was, 'Why is Melissa McCarthy a movie star and not a TV star?' And I had no idea," Higgins tells TVGuide.com. "I was stumped. And he said, 'In her movies, people react to her and on the show, she reacts to everyone else.' I thought about that and he was right. He said, 'I want to flip that dynamic.'"
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Charlie Sheen, Chuck Lorre
Charlie Sheen had some pretty harsh words for his former boss Chuck Lorre during Sheen'scontroversial departure from Two and a Half Men in 2011. But now he apparently wants to bury the hatchet.
Anna Faris and Allison Janney
CBS will air what Mom star Allison Janney is calling the sitcom's first "very special episode" on Nov. 18, when her recovering-alcoholic character, Bonnie, relapses. "It goes in a direction that not a lot of [cocreator and executive producer] Chuck Lorre's shows have gone," Janney says. "We go pretty deep and raw and have some moments you don't usually see in a half-hour sitcom."
The Big Bang Theory
Thanks to its unbelievable ratings and numerous reruns on channels like TBS, The Big Bang Theory seems to be taking over the world. Following suit is the show's incredibly catchy theme song written and performed by the Barenaked Ladies.
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Until CBS stops going for Broke, it may be hard for Mom, one of the season's more promising and pungent new comedies, to get the break it, and the title character, deserves. What's happening to CBS on Monday with its once-dominant comedy lineup is a slow-fade version of the freefall NBC experienced with its Thursday lineup in the wake of Friends. Holding on to shows too long (How I Met Your Mother, which could have wrapped this whole thing way earlier), promoting shows too soon with too little to offer (the shrill and increasingly charmless 2 Broke Girls), making odd decisions like keeping the award-winning Mike & Molly on the shelf in favor of an insta-dud like the abysmal We Are Men, this is one of those rare nights when CBS's programming acumen has mostly crapped out. (Monday's loss is, of course, Thursday's gain, with former Monday anchors The Big Bang Theory and, to a lesser degree these days, the played-out Two and a Half Men helping get early sampling for newbies The Millers and The Crazy Ones.)
The Two and a Half Men writers' room needs to start using more original material, according to Roseanne Barr.
In a Twitter rant over the weekend, Barr accused star Ashton Kutcher and creator Chuck Lorre (who was a supervising producer on Roseanne in the 1990s) of ripping off a joke from her stand-up routine. Later, she recanted her claim against Kutcher and Lorre, but maintained that someone on the writing staff stole her material.
Mayim Bialik and Simon Helberg
CBS's The Big Bang Theory is mixing things up on its Oct. 3 episode by pairing characters that rarely interact for a big scavenger hunt involving a hidden gold coin.
Raj (Kunal Nayyar) organizes the citywide search, which partners Leonard (Johnny Galecki) with Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), Amy (Mayim Bialik) with Howard (Simon Helberg), and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) with Sheldon (Jim Parsons).
Happy (and busy) premiere week. It's a killer thriller showdown when two of the fall season's slickest new shows, NBC's The Blacklist and CBS's limited-run suspense serial Hostages, square off Monday (at 10:01/9:01c) in a contest of marquee power and derivative but inviting high concepts. They take on ABC's durable Castle, opening its sixth season (10:01/9:01c) with its star-crossed leads facing a personal and professional crossroads.
Anna Faris and Allison Janney
Like mother, like daughter. That's the premise of CBS' new sitcom Mom, which stars Allison Janney and Anna Faris as dysfunctional mother-daughter pair Bonnie and Christy, who are both recovering addicts and less-than-exemplary parents. But they're working on it.
"Christy and her mom Bonnie are funny, intelligent women that have a bit of mess to them," Faris tells TVGuide.com. "I love that [Christy's] just hanging on by a thread. I love playing messy characters. ... She's been a really selfish person for a long time, and now she is really trying to turn over a new leaf, be a very present mom."