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Chuck Lorre and Anna Faris's Sitcom 'Mom' to Be Picked Up by CBS Today

The networks won't be announcing which new shows they're picking up until next week, but one CBS sitcom pilot is already being given an early spot on the fall schedule. Deadline reports that CBS will be ordering the pilot Mom to series today. A multi-camera comedy starring Anna Faris as a single mother who gets sober in order to turn her life around while working as a waitress in Napa Valley, Mom was co-created and executive produced by CBS sitcom kingpin Chuck Lorre. The show is being eyed for the Monday 8pm post-How I Met Your Mother timeslot. Mom is the third comedy to get an early pickup [...]

The Lost Projects of Chuck Lorre

Chuck Lorre’s name may not inspire the same kind of admiration in the hearts of comedy fans as  hipper auteurs like Judd Apatow, Tina Fey, Dan Harmon, or Louis C.K. (in fact, he may inspire quite the opposite), but the man behind three of the biggest comedies on TV (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly) is every bit as powerful and influential in the humor world as some of these more revered figures, if not more so. Let’s take a look at some of the TV shows that the Two and a Half Men man has tried to get on the air over [...]

Trade Roundup: Steve Martin, Friday Night Dinner, Save Me, Michael Patrick Jann

Steve Martin's second book is being made into a movie starring Amy Adams. Object of Beauty is about an entrepreneur who "flies from New York to Russia to Washington D.C. to scout and buy art, steals a cherished family painting, and sleeps with and disposes of several men, including one who becomes a famous artist." Ooh la la, sounds stylish. No Muppets in this one.

Allison Janney and Tony Shalhoub have joined Greg Daniels' remake of the British Friday Night Dinner. Presumably they will play C.J. Cregg and Adrian Monk, who have married in the years since their respective shows have ended and share a very tidy [...]

Dan Aykroyd and Allison Janney to Join Melissa McCarthy's 'Tammy'

Melissa McCarthy is lining up quite an impressive cast for Tammy, her first movie as director. Variety reports that Dan Aykroyd and Allison Janney are both in talks to join the cast, which also includes McCarthy, Mark Duplass, Susan Sarandon, and Kathy Bates. Tammy will mark the first movie as screenwriters and directors for McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone, who are serving as co-writers and co-directors on the project. The film follows a woman named Tammy (McCarthy) who hits the road with her profane, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon) after finding out her husband is cheating on her and quitting her fast food job. Aykroyd is in negotiations to [...]

Stephen Colbert, Ellie Kemper and Others to Bring Their Voices to 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman'

Late next year we'll be treated to yet another adaptation of a beloved children's cartoon into a big budget computer animated movie with Mr. Peabody and Sherman. And while we'll have to wait and see if this one is less of a travesty than last year's Lorax, it at least has some pretty badass voice talent on board: Stephen Colbert, Ellie Kemper, Allison Janney, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Modern Family's Ariel Winter have just signed on. They'll be joining Ty Burrell and Max Charles, who voice the titular characters. Look for it to drop next November 8th.

Kathryn Hahn and Allison Janney Join Jason Bateman's Spelling Bee Comedy

Jason Bateman is about to start directing his first movie, and he just added a ton of people to the cast. We reported previously that Bateman will direct and star in Bad Words, in which he'll play an adult high school drop-out entering a children's spelling bee. According to Deadline, Allison Janney, Kathryn Hahn, Phillip Baker Hall, Ben Falcone (Melissa McCarthy's real-life husband), and kid actor Rohan Chandz have all joined the cast. Janney and Hall will portray angry leaders of the spelling bee group and Chandz will play a a nerdy spelling bee competitor who Bateman befriends and probably teaches to believe in himself or something [...]

10 Promising Pilots the Networks Didn’t Pick Up This Year

Every year, each of the major TV networks produces a couple dozen pilots for new shows before determining which ones to air that fall. Programming execs at all the big networks just this week picked which pilots to scrap and which ones to air this coming season, but they left some rather promising shows by the wayside. Collected below is info on 10 of the coolest-sounding comedies that ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox passed over. I haven’t seen the pilots for these shows; this list is just going off of their premises and the previous work of the cast and crew.

One last thing before we start, I want [...]