CBS has announced that its sitcom, Mom will end after its eighth season. This comes after the shocking and abrupt departure of Anna Farris last year.
Even after Anna’s departure being just days before production was going to begin, the show had continued with her co-star Allison Janney at the center. Just yesterday she said how odd it feels to go back to set without Anna.
Chuck Lorre, Gemme Baker, and Nick Bakay, the executive producers of the show shared a statement. They 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.”
The executive producers further shared how they are forever grateful to their brilliant cast and guest stars, wonderful writers, and amazing crew. Their statement concluded, “We are forever grateful to our brilliant cast and guest stars, wonderful writers, and amazing crew for going on this journey with us.”
This also comes after Allison talked about Anna’s exit on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She said, “Yeah, it was very odd and she’s very missed. Anna is missed and her character on the show is missed.” The actress further expressed her wish for the series to continue even if Anna is not a part of it.
The actress was also marketed as the main character and star of the show back when it premiered in 2013. Allison shared as she referred to the fact that the series takes place in an Alcoholics Anonymous group.
“…Mom has positively impacted so many lives”
She said, “We’re just happy that she’s doing what she wants to do now, and we’re happy even more so that we’re able to still tell these stories about these great women in recovery.” The actress further shared that she thinks there are some really wonderful characters that have been established on the show.
She added that people love the show so they were going to keep telling the stories as long as they can. However, the series is at the end of the road even after its successful work put in by the cast. The creators added in their statement that; from the beginning, they set out to tell stories about recovery from alcoholism and addiction that are rarely ever portrayed in a network.
“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.”
The show was created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, and Gemma Baker. It was initially considered as a vehicle for Anna after her back-to-back successful comedy roles in movies. The show dealt with the topic of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
By the third season, it was not as much about Anna’s character Christy and her children. It was more of an ensemble comedy. Back in 2018, Kristen Johnston made a big impact playing Tammy Diffendorf, Bonnie’s foster sister.
Anna had released a statement at the time of her exit. She said, “The past seven years on Mom have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career.” The actress shared how thankful she is to Chuck and the amazing castmates for creating a wonderful work experience.