The First (Decent) Sober Sitcom to Hit Prime Time

By William Georgiades 05/09/13

Anna Faris will play a newly sober parent in Mom, prime time's first ever sobriety-themed sitcom.

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AA has had a hard time of it on TV, what with all the relapses and irreverence. This could soon change in the fall in a new situation comedy starring Anna Faris as a sober Mom and Alison Janney as her mother in Mom, the first ever specifically sober-centric TV sitcom of the millennial. Created by Chuck Lorre (Big Bang TheoryMike and MollyTwo and a Half Men), the show features Faris as Christy, a young mother struggling with early sobriety in Napa Valley. The talent behind the project is backed up by CBS, with the network choosing to pick up the pilot—ahead of 22 other shows—a full week before announcing their upfront presentation. The show also features 3d Rock from The Sun's French Stewart and The Daily Show's Nate Corddry. Produced by Warner Brothers and Chuck Lorre productions, it is set to air on CBS this fall. Lorre co-wrote the show, on spec, with veteran producer Eddie Gorodetsky and writer Gemma Baker and it's scheduled to air on Mondays at 8:30pm, following the final season of How I met Your Mother. Bonus irony points—Janney starred with a sober Martin Sheen on The West Wing, and of course Sheen is the father of Charlie, who Lorre fired, killing his character, from Two and a Half Men in 2011.

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William Georgiades is a former editor at EsquireBlack Book, the New York Post and the Grapevine and has written for several publications including New York MagazineVanity Fair, the London Times and GQ. He has been the features editor at The Fix since 2013. You can find him on Linkedin.