Mimi Kennedy, Anna Faris and Allison Janney
Based on the loglines for recent episodes of CBS' Mom, unfamiliar viewers may not realize that the show is a sitcom.
One recent episode saw Allison Janney's alcoholic character Bonnie relapse after two years of being sober, and in Monday's installment, Marjorie (Mimi Kennedy) is diagnosed with breast cancer. But part of Mom's charm is finding the humor even in horrible situations.
With her floppy hat and flapping gums, Jackie "Moms" Mabley is mostly remembered these days for her outrageous appearances on late-'60s and '70s-era variety and talk shows, as mainstream as Ed Sullivan and as of-the-moment as the Smothers Brothers, performing racy and politically barbed stand-up routines whose sting was couched in a dirty-old-lady's guise.
Among those influenced by Mabley was Whoopi Goldberg, who performed an homage to the comedian early in her own career. In the HBO documentary Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (Monday, 9/8c), the View personality directs and participates in this tribute to the pioneering comic's life and legacy, with TV clips and audio excerpts (enhanced with crude animation) from her many comedy albums, which hold up surprisingly well.
Substance abuse and addiction are typically played for laughs on the CBS comedy Mom, but that's not the case on Monday's "very special episode," in which Bonnie (Allison Janney) falls off the wagon. And she doesn't exactly have a soft landing.
"It's quite a look I sport in this episode," Janney tells TVGuide.com. "No vanity involved in this performance!"
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."
Dylan McDermott and Toni Collette
Simplicity can be a helpful thing for an effective thriller — and that, sadly, is an attribute CBS's overwrought, underwatched Hostages (Monday, 10/9c) lacks altogether. The more complications this show introduces, the sillier it threatens to become. It's hard to imagine a subplot of less interest than the money problems of foxy hostage-taker Sandrine ...
Up All Night
Get ready to see the wild 2004 wedding of Up All Night's Reagan (Christina Applegate) and Chris (Will Arnett), courtesy of a flashback that will air December 13.
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Christina Applegate and Will Arnett
Up All Night's final show without a studio audience will be a special one as the series flashes back to the disastrous pre-baby wedding of Chris (Will Arnett) and Reagan (Christina Applegate).
Tensions were running high tonight as our favorite doctors distracted by their own personal problems and agendas dealt with the shootings of two police auxiliary officers Morris internalized his grief over the loss of his father but externalized his frustration as he doggedly fought to save the lives of the victims and vented his anger on a veteran officer Mimi Kennedy assigned to oversee their training I simply cant say enough about the fine work that Scott Grimes continues to turn in as a former slacker who has emerged as a talented doctor mostly in spite of himself When he opened up to Abby about his loss it clarified a lot about his motivation to be a better doctor Morris colleagues had their own share of drama to contend with as well While trying to sort out his relationship with Bettina Pratt treated a high-school wrestler secretly battling bulimia Gates pulled strings with Dubenko to get his unwilling young ICU prodigy into a clinical trial just as ru
Within seconds of Medium starting I had two nearly opposing thoughts Is that really Mimi Kennedy and Are we about to be subjected to the small-screen version of The Exorcism of Emily Rose Luckily it was Mimi I always loved her on Dharma and Greg as Dharmas wacky hippie mother And not for nothing but The Exorcism of Emily Rose was pretty good I watched it last year after I started blogging Dexter since Jennifer Carpenter who played Dexters sister Debbie starred as Emily Rose in the movie Another fantastic effort from the writers who apparently were feeling that a little twist was in order I knew something was awry when Alison and Devalos went to talk to the very attractive woman who was supposedly Colleens therapist She was a little too Katherine Heigl to be a psychiatrist I thought that Michael was married to Mimi Kennedy even after the blonde bombshell doctor showed up It wasnt until Allison went to the hospital to bring