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Former LA Laker Rick Fox to guest star on 'Mom'

A former basketballer is coming to Mom.

Retired Los Angeles Laker Rick Fox will guest star on an upcoming episode of CBS’ sophomore comedy, which stars Anna Faris as struggling single mother Christy and Emmy winner Allison Janney as her vitriolic mother, Bonnie.

Fox will play Dr. James Kendall, the handsome doctor who’s married to Jill (recurring star Jaime Pressly), the newly sober woman whom Christy is sponsoring. The wealthy doc is no longer willing to put up with his wife’s erratic behavior and addiction issues.

Mom returns for its second season on Sept. 29 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.

Allison Janney talks 'Masters of Sex' and 'Mom' Emmy nods

Allison Janney had a good reason to skip the gym this morning: As she was getting ready to work out, her publicist let her know that she had scored two Emmy nods. One nomination is for her role as a struggling alcoholic looking to reconnect with her daughter in CBS sitcom Mom; the other’s for her guest role as Margaret Scully in the Showtime drama Masters of Sex. “It was a great way to start my day,” Janney told EW.

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Chuck Lorre has apologized for 'Two and a Half Men'

Chuck Lorre has owed us all an apology for a while — and he knows it.

At Sunday’s Television Academy Honors, which recognize television that generates awareness regarding social issues, Lorre was honored for an episode of Mom that focuses on Allison Janney’s character, an alcoholic who falls off the wagon and tries to repair her life. As Lorre accepted the award, he poked fun at his mega-successful sitcom Two and a Half Men.

According to Variety, Lorre jokingly told the crowd, “To do a show about people trying to redeem their lives and to salvage and repair the damage they’ve done — for me, it’s an opportunity to apologize for Two and a Half Men.”

But is it enough of an apology? We’ll let you decide that one.

CBS orders more 'Crazy Ones,' 'The Millers' and 'Mom'

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Robin Williams just earned a full-season order: CBS announced that it has picked up a full season of its three new freshman comedies, The Crazy Ones, The Millers and Mom.

CBS points out that The Crazy Ones, starring Williams, is this season’s No. 1 new comedy in viewers (13.7 million), adults 18-49 (3.6 rating/10 share) and adults 25-54 (4.8/12). It also wins its Thursday time period in viewers.

The Millers ranks as the number two comedy in viewers (12.4 million), adults 18-49 (3.2/09) and adults 25-54 (4.3/11). Last night, it retained 97 percent of its premiere rating in adults 18-49, 98 percent in adults 25-54 and 93 percent of its premiere audience. Mom is the third most watched new comedy, averaging 7.98 million viewers,  and earning a 2.6/06 in adults 18-49 and a 3.2/07 in adults 25-54.

“We’re proud of CBS’ leadership position in comedy and excited to build on it with the back nine pick-ups of these three new comedies,” said CBS President Nina Tassler in a statement. “These series are creatively distinct, continue to improve each week and are led by strong showrunners, writing and production staffs, and feature amazingly talented casts.”

Fall TV: Our critic's take on 'Hostages,' 'Almost Human,' more new shows -- VIDEO

EW television critic Jeff Jensen calls Hostages on CBS a “compelling thriller” and has a theory he can’t wait to share about Karl Urban’s role in the new Fox show Almost Human.

Check out his take on these shows, plus The Blacklist starring James Spader, Anna Faris’ edgy comedy Mom, and more in the video below.
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'Mom' casts Justin Long as love interest for Anna Faris; plus, Octavia Spencer to guest

Justin Long is going to get the hots for Mom.

Chuck Lorre, executive producer and creator of the new comedy from CBS,  announced today during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour that Long has been cast as a love interest for Anna Faris’ Christy, a newly sober single mom at the center of the series.

“That’s going to come up in the first few episodes,” Lorre said of the character. “Poor bastard doesn’t know what he’s in for, but he’s going to be her first shot for a meaningful relationship.”

Meanwhile, Lorre also announced that Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The Help) would guest star in an early episode as “a woman who turns out to have bigger problems than Christy. So Christy gets perspective,” he said.

Mom, which also stars Allison Janney and Matt Hones, premieres on CBS Sept. 23.

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