‘Mom’ Close to Season 5 Renewal at CBS (EXCLUSIVE)

Mom Renewed Season 5 CBS
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CBS is closing in on a deal with Warner Bros. TV to renew the Anna Faris-Allison Janney comedy “Mom” for a fifth season, Variety has learned.

The news that a pickup is near comes as the sitcom wraps production tonight on its fourth season. CBS declined to comment.

“Mom” has been a steady performer for the Eye in its fourth season, averaging a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and an average audience of 7.55 million per episode just in Nielsen’s Live+Same Day ratings. It typically adds a little more than 20% to its viewership total once delayed viewing in seven days is factored in.


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The Chuck Lorre comedy centers around mother-daughter pair Bonnie (Janney) and Christy (Faris) who are recovering alcoholics. Janney won the best supporting actress in a comedy Emmy two years in a row for the role — 2014 and 2015 — and was nominated again in 2016.

Word of “Mom” getting the thumbs up for season five comes as CBS and Warner Bros. TV are finalizing a two-season pickup of tentpole comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” also from the Chuck Lorre Productions. The “Big Bang” spinoff “Young Sheldon” last week grabbed a straight-to-series order for next season.

“Mom” hails from Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky and Nick Bakay serve as executive producers for the series, which was created by Lorre, Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker, who serves as co-executive producer. WB sold the off-network rights to the series to Tribune Broadcasting last summer. In addition to Tribune, Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution has also parceled off the rights to “Mom” to stations owned by CBS, Hearst, TEGNA, Nexstar, Meredith and others.

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  1. u2u2 says:

    I like this show, Mom. But I find the fact that Christy is supposed to be a mother a little weird, since the children are almost never seen on the show. It is like the mysterious children on Grey’s Anatomy. And the children on both shows are so young that they would have to be constantly supervised and watched over. Both shows make a big deal about the fact that the characters are mothers and fathers, yet actual parenting is nowhere to be seen on either of the shows. I like both Anna Faris and Alison Janney as actresses, still. And I also like Jaime Pressly. And the other two actresses that play the nurse and older woman are good as well. The cast is strong. The Sara Rue character is a stereotypical stepmom-ish villain, which is too stereotypical. I think Mom has run out of ways to talk about alcoholism and recovering alcoholics, and giving the Jill character a child (who will also never appear on the show) is a sign of the topical exhaustion.

  2. Monika says:

    Why are they keeping this show around – it is not funny

  3. Burro b says:

    Such a generic unfunny show watched by boring yuppies. Get out. and take 2 broke girls with ya

    • Monika says:

      Burro – just announced – saw it on Yahoo it is official 2 Broke Girls was cancelled. Wish Mike and Molly wasn’t cancelled that was a funny show.

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