Less than a year after Anna Faris announced that she would be leaving Mom after seven seasons comes the news that the CBS sitcom will be coming to an end with its eighth season.
Mom follows Christy (Faris) and Bonnie Plunkett (Allison Janney), a mother/daughter duo who attempt to pull their lives and their relationship together by trying to stay sober after having been estranged for years while both were struggling with addiction. In a statement, Mom creators/executive producers Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, and Gemma Baker 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 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.
As Lorre, Gorodetsky, and Baker mentioned, Mom didn’t shy away from sensitive topics, which earned praise from both the studio and fans. “Since its premiere, Mom has touched people’s lives by sensitively tackling weighty yet relatable topics, with a perfect, deft touch,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. “Mom redefined what a comedy can be, and we are proud to have been the network home to this wonderful series. We are deeply grateful to Chuck Lorre and his tremendously creative production team, helmed by Gemma Baker and Nick Bakay, and the amazingly talented cast, led by the phenomenal Allison Janney.“ Mom is currently in the midst of its eighth season and CBS has slated the series finale to air on May 6, 2021