Allison Janney-Led Sitcom Mom Officially Ending With Season 8
CBS has announced that they’ve officially decided not to give their long-running sitcom Mom a ninth season renewal. This comes five months after lead star Anna Faris’ surprising exit as Christy Plunkett just before the current eighth season had premiered. The Allison Janey-led series is currently scheduled to conclude its eighth season-run on May 6, 2021.
“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,” executive producers Chuck Lorre, Gemma Baker and Nick Bakay said in a statement (via The Wrap). “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.”
Mom centers around the dysfunctional mother-daughter duo of Christy and Bonnie Plunkett as they try their best to reconnect and fix their lives after years of struggling with addiction that resulted in them being estranged for so many years. Since its debut, it has received positive reviews and high ratings, particularly praising the show for addressing issues such as alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence, and more.
The series was created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, and Gemma Baker. It also stars Allison Janney, Sadie Calvano, Nate Corddry, Matt Jones, French Stewart, Spencer Daniels, Blake Garrett Rosenthal, Mimi Kennedy, Jaime Pressly, Beth Hall, William Fichtner, and Kristen Johnston.
For her performance as Bonnie, Janney has earned won 2 Emmy Awards out of five nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress.