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'Mom' is more forced and shticky than funny


CBS’ latest attempt at a situational comedy falls flat.

A newly sober waitress (Faris) is caught between her partying 16-year-old daughter and her partying mother (Janney) in the latest comedy from Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men,” “Mike & Molly”).

Big, loud and obvious — just the way Lorre likes it. The premise seems better-suited to one of those Showtime “comedies” that are closer in spirit to 30-minute dramas. Because what’s here — especially Faris’ stand-up-style sharings during an AA meeting — feels forced and shticky.

What: “Mom”

When: 9:30 p.m. Sept. 23, KLAS-TV, Channel 8

Who’s in it: Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Nate Corddry, French Stewart