The American channel CBS has decided to let go of one of its star comedies at the end of the 2020-2021 season. Mom, which began its first season without Anna Faris, will end on May 16 after eight seasons.
In a joint statement, Chuck Lorre, Gemma Baker and Nick Bakay said: “For the past eight years, we’ve had the great honor to bring these wonderful characters to life, sharing their struggles and triumphs with millions of viewers every week”.
They added: “From the beginning, we set out to tell stories about recovery from alcoholism and addiction that are rarely portrayed in a network comedy series. Whether it was the emotional reactions of the live audience on tape night inside Stage 20, or discussions at the White House regarding the opioid crisis, or the personal stories we continue to receive on social media, we take great pride in knowing Mom has positively impacted so many lives. We are forever grateful to our brilliant cast and guest stars, wonderful writers, and amazing crew for going on this journey with us”.
Allison Janney, who has received numerous awards for her role in the series, said after the cancellation: “Getting to be part of MOM these past 8 years…showing the laughter, love and hope that can come with recovery, has been one of the great honors of my life”. An opinion shared by her co-star Jaime Pressly: “Being able to tell the stories of these beautifully flawed women supporting each other through recovery from addiction, loss, love, failures, wins, getting older and learning to love themselves has been one of the greatest honors of my life…”