Amazing what a difference The Big Bang Theory leaving the airwaves and the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press event can make…
Less than two months after negotiations to bring back series creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre's Mom for another season were reported to be "very far apart," CBS announced that the comedy had received a two-season pickup (Seasons 7 and 8). Series co-leads Anna Faris (Scary Movie) and Academy Award winner Allison Janney's (I, Tonya) have each secured new two-year contracts, with reportedly substantial salary increases.
While none of the parties involved would confirm the details, Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Faris and Janney's salaries are leveled and set at more than $350,000/episode–set to double their current salaries, believed to be less than $200,000. Both actresses will also see their backend participation increased.
"We're exceptionally proud to have Mom on our air; a high-quality, signature comedy with characters viewers love, that also brings strength and stability to our lineup. Under Chuck Lorre's extraordinary leadership and with his outstanding writing and production team, we look forward to having Mom on CBS for many years to come."
– Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment
Mom also stars Mimi Kennedy, Jaime Pressly, Beth Hall, and William Fichtner; and executive produced by Lorre, Nick Bakay, Baker and Warren Bell for Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. TV.
Anna Faris and Emmy and Academy Award-winner Allison Janney star in this funny and often heart-wrenching comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, Young Sheldon).
After years of questionable choices, Christy is now sober and trying to get her life on track, although she's tested daily by her mother, Bonnie. Together, mother and daughter work to overcome their mistakes and build a better future for their family. Christy has gone back to school and is pursuing her dream of becoming a lawyer, while Bonnie attempts to have a healthy romantic relationship with her fiancé, Adam.
Through it all, Christy and Bonnie rely on their support system from AA, including the wise Marjorie, the wealthy and sometimes misguided Jill and the overly emotional Wendy. Collectively, they help each other stay sober in the face of whatever life throws at them.
CBS has done well with Mom, with the comedy series ranked third on the network among total viewers and adults 18-49, behind The Big Big Bang Theory and prequel series Young Sheldon. Last season, the series was the third most-watched comedy in broadcast TV and was a Top 5 comedy in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos. Having crossed the 100 episode mark last season, the series is also finding new life through syndication to TV Land, CMT, and Tribune stations.