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CBS scores Chuck Lorre 'Mom' comedy

'Two and a Half Men' and 'Big Bang' creator sells single-mom pilot to his comedy home

By Sona Charaipotra Dec 12, 2012 10:50AM
Photo courtesy CBSDespite the recent Angus T. Jones call-outs and chaos on his long-running hit "Two and a Half Men," CBS has decided it wants to stay in the Chuck Lorre business.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that the network recently greenlit another pilot by the "Men," "Mike & Molly" and "Big Bang Theory" creator. But this time, the show will center on the fairer sex. And given the description, we use the term "fairer" loosely. "Mom" will center on the chaotic and comedic love life of a recently sober single mom trying to get her life together in California's wine country. 
The show is the first sale in Lorre's new four-year deal with Warner Bros. Productions. Lorre co-wrote the pilot with "Men" executive producer (and Lorre right-hand man) Eddie Gorodetsky and story editor Gemma Baker. 

"Men," renewed recently for a 10th season, has survived the departure of star Charlie Sheen with the casting of Ashton Kutcher as a kooky millionaire and will likely also manage the deflection of Jones, who apologized for his outbursts against the show but will still probably be dismissed shortly. 

Still, given the ratings slump and recent storyline inanity, the show might be on its last legs -- which means that "Mom" could have a good chunk of Lorre's careful attention.
Dec 14, 2012 10:11AM
The big bang theory is awesome but tahm lost it for me when charlie left and they didn't give the show to jon. I find Ashton irritating 
Dec 14, 2012 8:51AM

I love two and a half men since Charlie left....................."BAZINGA!"


Dec 14, 2012 8:19AM
If Charlie is not in the new show I'm not watching it.
As I quit watching 2 1/2 men since he left.

Dec 14, 2012 7:58AM
I find all his shows offensive  and I don't watch them anymore. 
Dec 14, 2012 2:52AM
I agree with Michael Rodot, the Jake storylines/oneliners were funny when he was younger, and could pull off the stupid bit with a little bit of charm, but as he grew older it just became sad. Regardless of what his personal views are and his half-hearted apology, there really isn't anywhere to go with his character with the show. And I also agree with the person who says it's raunchy and at times pathetic. Humor is a fickle thing. A show can be raunchy yet funny, if done correctly, but when it's done for the sake of raunchiness it seems desperate and pathetic. Regardless of who's side you are on in the Sheen/Lorre battle, Charlie Sheen was the show (and John Cryer was great in the beginning but now they have made him so pathetic it's almost unwatchable. HIs job would not leave him so broke, even with child support. though that should be over with now too, so where is all his money going now?) the writers seem to go through phases where they just have no clue what to do with the show. Alan was getting better and more believable as a person, choosing to be Walden's friend as opposed to a leech. But next expisode no one likes him again. And the relationships they have on the show are crap. They go nowhere and they do not add to the story or the humor. Regardless though who was at fault with Charlie's meltdown...the show should have ended there. Gracefully. Now it's just crude and unfunny, with occassional bouts of humanity and humor. And I never could get into Mike and Molly so hopefully big bang will keep going strong. as for the new show, sounds like something Bret Butler should have done, or already did. I'll give it a fair shake though.
Dec 13, 2012 1:38PM
The kid was getting too old for the part anyway.  His lines are funny coming from a little tyke, but from a young adult - not so much.
Dec 13, 2012 10:59AM

"men" has lost its appeal since Charlie left, i never missed an episode then and still look at one can replace him as the lead character on that show...except maybe barney from 'how i met your mother'

Dec 13, 2012 10:07AM
The show is funny but very raunchy and it's becomming pathetic any more. Now, this new show he's got on the horizon I'd love to see Julie Louis-Dreyfuss (Elaine) take that show, she is hilarious and that is something that I would watch. BUT; the producers, writers, etc. need to understand that comedy does not need to be raunchy and everything revolving around sex, this is not the real world and people need to relate to something to keep tuning in! Just saying....
Dec 13, 2012 9:16AM

TAHM was getting tired before Charlie left.  His character was growing some with his engagement but then he backtracked into the same sorry womanizer.  Alan is unbelievable - a chiropractor who can't afford to live on his own?  A woman down the street from me is a divorced single mom chiropractor with a nice home.  I thought the retool started out well but now it is raunchy & toilet humor.


I do like the Big Bang Theory.  It's characters have developed and it only has a fraction of the raunch.  You can be funny without always being in the gutter.

Dec 13, 2012 9:00AM
Ratings slump????? Actually, at 14+ million viewers a week TAHM has been doing better without Sheen than it was doing with him. This writer is seriously misinformed.
Dec 13, 2012 7:58AM
What are they gonna do to kill off Angus's character. I don't see how they can spin the death of a child and make it funny .
 The kid is right too. The show has become a raunch fest. I'm not a prude I' love comics that can work blue, when it's done well. 2 & 1/2 just seems to feel so contrived and kind of pathetic. Everything seems to be telegraphed. Oops showing my age!

Dec 13, 2012 7:47AM
Hard to find anyone with a sense of humor on this site.
Dec 13, 2012 7:09AM
Screw lorre...i will never watch anything he has anything to do with or for that matter , CBS again!
Dec 13, 2012 6:39AM
The thing about Chuck Lore is he is only funny for the first 5 minutes then he strays off and tries to shock you...Normally with something vulgar....his work is old, played, and yesterday. Leave it to CBS to waste more money for a breath of fresh air they wont find until they go elsewhere.
Dec 12, 2012 5:41PM
I have never watched "Mike and Molly" or "The Big Bang Theory" but I did watch "Men" before Charlie left. I would love to see Jake move to Charlie's new show, last year "Anger" had some kinks to work out but it was getting there..
Dec 12, 2012 3:42PM
Don't care for Two and a Half Men since Charlie Sheen left.
I do think Jon Cryer would make a great Barney Fife if anybody wants to venture down that road.

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