CBS banked heavily this season on finding the humor in dysfunctinal family dynamics. It would seem that for the most part, their plotting has paid off. Earlier today, three CBS comedies--'Mom,' 'The Millers' and 'The Crazy Ones'--were each picked up for full season orders.
The full-season pick-up involves an order of nine more episodes for each show, bringing the total for each individual series' first season to a standard twenty-two episodes.
'Mom' is a comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre starring Anna Faris as a newly sober single mom raising two children in a world full of temptations and pitfalls. Multi-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney plays Faris' character Christy's critical, estranged mother, Bonnie.
The series began with promise, as both Faris and Janney are recognizable names with successful careers. Still, the opening salvo of episodes was met with middling critical reviews, however the ratings have persisted enough for CBS to give 'Mom' a full season to catch on.
'The Millers' stars Will Arnett ('Arrested Development') as Nathan Miller, a recently-divorced news reporter who is planning on starting fresh as a newly-single man... until his parents' divorce sends his world into upheaval. After Nathan's father follows his son's lead and leaves his wife, Nathan's meddlesome mother moves in with her son--no matter what he has to say about it.
Not unlike 'Mom,' 'The Millers' received a lukewarm critical reception, despite the fact that viewers seem to enjoy it far more than the critics did. The incredibly-talented Margo Martindale, who won a Primetime Emmy for her role on 'Justified,' plays Nathan's mother. And his father? Well how about the multi-time Golden Globe-winner Beau Bridges? The cast here is all worthy of excellent material so I'm hoping that the full season allows 'The Millers' to find its stride.
In the least-surprising of these pick-ups, 'The Crazy Ones' will get a full season. This show has the highest ratings of the three in question, largely due to the fact that it features the first starring television role for the legendary Robin Williams since 'Mork & Mindy.' Pair him with Sarah Michelle Gellar ('Buffy the Vampire Slayer') and put them in a David E. Kelley Show ('Ally McBeal,' 'Boston Legal') and you have a winning combination.
'The Crazy Ones' is about a larger-than-life advertising genius whose unorthodox methods and unpredictable behavior would get him fired... if he weren't the boss. He is joined in his firm by his beautiful daughter and they help each other in business while growing closer as family.
Have you been watching these programs? What do you think--did CBS make the right call?