2:40pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
CBS' 'Mom,' 'Mike & Molly' Renewed for 2015-16 Season
CBS is staying in the Chuck Lorre business.
Mom, from executive producer Lorre, has become a dependable player on CBS' midseason bench. This year, the Warner Bros. Television comedy was an early replacement for struggling sophomore comedy The Millers and took over the latter's Monday slot when CBS yanked the comedy midway through its second season.
Recently, Mike & Molly has been the highest-rated scripted show among adults 18-49 on Mondays in its live-same-day ratings, topping series including Gotham, 2 Broke Girls and Scorpion.
The renewal means Lorre will continue to have at three series on CBS next season with both Mike & Molly and Mom joining the previously renewed The Big Bang Theory, with
TV's No. 1 scripted comedy already picked up through season 10.
Critical darling Mom, starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney, has continued to hit series highs in its second season. The series has been a solid performer for CBS as part of its post-football Thursday comedy block that bid farewell to Lorre's Two and a Half Men in February. The series had the benefit of getting a four-week run on TBS over the summer as producers WBTV looked to use the Turner network's syndicated repeats of The Big Bang Theory to attract new viewers of original episodes.
Mike & Molly and Mom become the network's second and third comedies renewed for the 2015-16 season. CBS swung and missed with its lone fall freshman comedy in the effectively canceled The McCarthys. Midseason, however, has seen a successful launch for its Matthew Perry-fronted reboot of The Odd Couple, which has done well on Thursdays in the prime post-Big BangTheory slot.
The comedies join previously renewed freshman dramas Madam Secretary, Scorpion and NCIS: New Orleans as earning early pickups for next season.
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