Chuck Lorre, who is famous for his exits from sitcoms about women looking for a second start, says he’ll keep doing them until he makes one on which he survives. “I tried it with Grace Under Fire and I left that show…well, just because. And I tried that with Cybil and…moving on,” he joked today at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013. His latest stab: CBS’s new Mom, about a recovering alcoholic, who’s also a mother, played by Ana Faris. Allison Janney plays her mom. Chuck Lorre says he originally thought his next series would be about vampires. “Been done” he announced. “I wanted to tell a story about a woman starting her life over again and redemption and all those funny premises for a sitcom…This is a story that’s very meaningful to me. It’s about starting your life over again repairing the mistakes that you’ve done. Getting another start [is] very much a story of Los Angeles, even though this isn’t set in Los Angeles, because this is the city of second chances or fifth or sixth chances.”

Faris calls the role a “Cinderella shoe” after a run of one-dimensional parts. “Playing one-dimensional characters like Cindy from Scary Movie is actually really difficult because it’s not someone you really know.. I felt I was in a place in my career where I ..wanted to do something a little more rewarding. “ Justin Long has been cast as Faris’ love interest, and Octavia Spencer will guest star in an early episode as a woman with bigger problems than Faris’ character, Christy.

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