TCA: Chuck Lorre, Anna Faris Recall Showbiz Hurdles with ‘Mom’ Cast

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Though Chuck Lorre currently reigns as the unofficial king of sitcom, he admitted during the TCA session for forthcoming CBS comedy “Mom” that his new show sprang from a desire to finish something the decorated scribe had “tried and failed to do on several occasions.”

“It’s about a woman starting her life over,” Lorre explained. “And I’d tried it with ‘Grace Under Fire,’ and I left that show…well, just because. And I tried that with ‘Cybill,’ and…” Lorre smirked. “Moving on.”

Mom” star Anna Faris sees the new Lorre laffer, which centers on a mother who is a recovering alcoholic, as a “Cinderella shoe” opportunity for her to play a character that has “dimension.” Faris said that after her breakout role in “Scary Movie,” it was “difficult to re-identify as something other than a spoof gal.”

“Getting your first job is hard, but it’s not nearly as hard as getting your seventh job,” Faris explained to journos at the Beverly Hilton confab. “That’s when you have to prove it to people…I’ve played a lot of one dimensional characters in my career, and [this role on ‘Mom’] has dimension. Playing those one dimensional characters like Cindy from ‘Scary Movie’ is actually really difficult because it’s not someone you really know….I felt I was in a place in my career where I was like, I want to do something a little more rewarding.”

During the panel, Lorre said he is looking forward to character arcs from Octavia Spencer and Justin Long. Spencer is set to play a woman even more “messed up” than Faris’s character, and Long will be a romantic interest for Faris on the show.

Supporting actors Matt Jones and French Stewart also drew on past showbiz experience during the panel for “Mom.”

Jones, who is best known for his role as drug dealer Badger on “Breaking Bad,” quipped, “This character doesn’t sell drugs that are that severe.”  And Stewart, for whom his role on “Mom” represents his first significant spot on a series in several TV seasons, remarked, “Chuck Lorre talks about Los Angeles as the city of second chances, and man is he right.”

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