CBS' 'Mom' Gets Four-Week Preview on TBS

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Freshman comedy Mom earned a second season on CBS after proving a reliable performer on Mondays. With veteran How I Met Your Mother ending its run this season, all eyes will be on the network's sophomore class as the series has big shoes to fill should it remain in its current slot.

Executive producer Chuck Lorre is hoping to get a boost for sophomore comedy Mom by sampling the Anna Faris-Allison Janney starrer on TBS.

The CBS comedy will run on the Turner-owned cable network starting Aug. 25 and air its entire freshman run over four weeks, ending Sept. 29. TBS will pair the series with repeats of Lorre's The Big Bang Theory, which regularly tops syndicated ratings among the key adults 18-49 demographic.

The move was Lorre's idea, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, with the prolific producer noticing that repeats of his Two and a Half Men on FX and Big Bang Theory on TBS helped boost original first-run episodes of both shows.

"I'm very excited that TBS has agreed to run the first season of Mom every weekday evening following The Big Bang Theory," Lorre said. "It's my hope that this incredible platform will allow people who might not have seen the show on CBS a chance to get acquainted with it. And perhaps that acquaintance can turn into an ongoing relationship. Unlike other shows I’ve worked on, Mom has a certain darkness about it. But just like with Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly and The Big Bang Theory, the goal is always laughter."

Mom will air weeknights at 7:30 p.m. immediately after The Big Bang Theory before returning for its second season on Monday, Sept. 29, at 8:30 p.m.

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