By Charlie Schmidlin | The Playlist January 7, 2013 at 5:29PM
Whatever four-part offense the “Scary Movie” franchise has brought upon Anna Faris, thankfully a considerable defense -- in the form of “Observe and Report” and Gregg Araki's “Smiley Face” -- is present there as well. The actress holds an irreverent comedic approach that has elevated each film in which she features, and now the creator of TV's most successful sitcom has tapped her in hopes of replicating that charm on the smaller screen.
Deadline reports that Chuck Lorre, the mastermind behind “The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men,” and “Mike and Molly” has chosen Faris for his latest sitcom, “Mom,” the pilot of which he co-wrote with 'Men' creatives Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker. The show will center on a newly sober mother who faces new challenges while attempting to start fresh in Napa Valley. Warner Brothers TV and Lorre's production company took the show to CBS last month, and immediately garnered a pilot order as a result.
Faris still remains a somewhat fresh presence on TV, having only featured in a special guest arc on “Friends,” and then in an appearance playing herself on “Entourage.” However, as broad (and as mostly unforgivingly terrible) as Lorre's work may be, his success in the field could spell a significant result for the actress, and one that could lead on to more diverse and ambitious showcases for her comedy talents. In short, let's hope this launches Faris to the bigger and better things we've been waiting for her to do for years now.