During a Hollywood Reporter interview with Chuck Lorre, co-creator of the Mom TV series on CBS, the subject of the show’s future came up. Lorre told THR‘s Daniel Fienberg that he thinks this comedy has longevity.
Starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney, Mom examines the life of a wine country single mom, Christy (Faris), who is in recovery from alcoholism. She and her mother Bonnie (Janney) try to improve their fraught relationship.
From THR (emphasis ours):
[THR] You’re nearing the end of your third season here. Big Bang Theory just hit its 200th episode. Do you think Mom has the kind of engine to let it run that long or do you think the subject and seriousness might limit it? [Lorre] I think it’s a wide open arena for storytelling. People trying to repair their lives and change their lives doesn’t seem like a finite arena. These are characters who are undergoing some sort of evolution and that’s a difficult process. It’s fraught with trial and error and hopefully trial and error means comedy. I don’t see why the stories couldn’t continue. The characters are continuous in flux and I think that’s the heart and soul of series to continue. If characters and their relationships are dynamic and are open to change, they’re not one-joke characters, they’re not one-story characters. They can embrace as many stories as anyone’s lives can tell.
By the way, when we started The Big Bang Theory 10 years ago, we had no clue that there were 200 episodes. I think we hit the wall at six originally, we were up to six episodes and we were like, “Oh my God! There’s no more story. Who’s gonna call [then-CBS president and CEO] Les Moonves and tell him we’re out of ideas?” But there turned out to be more ideas. For me anyway, you slowly fall in love with these characters on The Big Bang Theory and Mom and in doing so, you find ways to talk about them and tell their stories. You don’t start with a situation. You start with the characters.
What do you think? Are you a fan on the Mom TV show on CBS? How long do you see the series lasting?