March 26th, 2018

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More on the meme, and on 'Mom'

Last Friday's entry featured two memes noting Carole Lombard as a superior role model to the notorious Kardashian family ( The meme above was also posted at my Facebook site. And it went over big.

As of this evening, it had received 127 "likes" and 31 shares -- which means it's making its way all over the Internet. Feel free to share with your friends.

I trust all of you had a pleasant weekend. I celebrated Saturday by going to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood to witness a discussion of my favorite current sitcom. It's "Mom," the critically praised fifth-year CBS series about mother-and-daughter recovering alcoholics. (I've attended two episode filmings at Warners in Burbank, and wrote about it at The event was part of the annual PaleyFest LA, designed to give the public an inside look at their favorite TV series.

For Allison Janney, who plays Bonnie Plunkett, it marked a return to the scene of triumph. Twenty days earlier, Janney -- one of the industry's most respected actresses, dating back to her work on "The West Wing" two decades ago -- won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in that very building for her work in the dark comedy "I, Tonya." (She pointed out the seat she occupied when called for her Oscar.)

Why did Janney sign up for "Mom"? She said she wanted to try her hand at a multi-camera sitcom (one filmed before an audience). When she first met Anna Faris, a comic actress she long had admired, she said the chemistry was immediate. They have real rapport as mother and daughter, although Allison is a six-foot brunette and Anna a pert, petite blonde.

The five actresses who play the AA support group, from left: Beth Hall (nurse Wendy); Jaime Pressly (wealthy, vacuous Jill); Faris (Christy Plunkett); Janney; and Mimi Kennedy (Marjorie, the group's wise owl). Also on hand was Gemma Baker, one of the series' three creators.

As you can tell, this may be the most estrogen-laden sitcom since "Designing Women." It explores addiction from a female point of view, and while the series is generally funny and sometimes bawdy, it's not afraid to go dramatic when need be. For example, in season three, a new member Christy had sponsored died of an overdose, and she blamed herself for not being there for her. (People associated with recovery programs have praised the show's approach to this subject.)

As a benefit of attending, fans got a sneak peek of an upcoming episode (it may be the one airing this Thursday), directed by Lea Thompson. I won't give anything away aside from saying it's got some tense, romantic moments, as well as lots of laughs and heart.

"Mom" airs Thursdays at 9 (8 Central) to CBS; on May 10, it will close its fifth season. Last fall, it entered syndication in most markets. I think you'll enjoy its writing, acting and overall tone.

To see an hour-long replay of the event, visit
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