‘Mother’: That is how the present explains the disappearance of Anna Faris from season 8

In this year of chaos, abrupt TV line-up changes aren’t the wildest thing we have to deal with. But Anna FarisThe abrupt announcement that she wouldn’t be returning to the CBS sitcom she’s starred in since 2013 threw a lot of people for a loop last summer – especially considering that, as you know, it’s the title mummy.

But the show, as featured in the season eight premiere, handled the pivotal point with a measure of grace, all because Faris’ character technically wasn’t the only mother on the show and her co-star Allison is the one who fucks Janney, who can do more than run a sitcom on her own. But how does the show explain Christy’s absence? Well…

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Mom, Season 8, Episode 1, “Sex Bucket and the Grammar Police.”]

In other instances of shows that have suddenly decided to rewrite main characters, death has always been a looming option as you can see when Roseanne turned into becoming The Conners, or when Kevin can wait I couldn’t wait to sit down Remember HayesCharacter free. But mom wasn’t that dark! Instead, the episode starts with a very positive but still sad Bonnie (Janney) and a husband (William Fichtner – yep !!!!) drive home from the airport, as they have just dropped Christy for her flight to the east coast, where she will attend Georgetown Law School on a full scholarship.


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After this scene, the action will continue for a month in order to establish the show’s new normal. The point is for Bonnie and her friends to manage all the complications of their lives, from awkward relationships to medical problems. The new opening sequence focuses entirely on Janney as well as co-stars Mimi Kennedy, Jaime Pressly, Beth Hall, and Kristen Johnston – all fantastically funny women – which fits much of the story of the episode in which the ladies Tammy (Johnston) throw a surprise party.

Not only is Christy not dead, she’s not even dead to the characters – Bonnie often talks about speaking to Christy and even takes a call from her at the end of the season. But even with Christy’s absence openly acknowledged, frankly nothing seems to be missing.

While Faris’ character was at the center of the premise, Janney had always been a co-lead, and Sadie Calvano and Blake Garrett RosenthalThe actors who play Christy’s children were a big part of the show’s early seasons but are no longer regulars on the series. Mom is certainly a different show than it was on the premiere, but it’s a show that could continue to thrive thanks to its well-established cast of comedy greats.

Mama airs on CBS at 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

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