Entertainment How 'Mom' Handled Anna Faris' Departure in Season 8 Premiere

05:25  06 november  2020
05:25  06 november  2020 Source:   thewrap.com

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Interestingly, Anna Faris ' departure comes in the middle of Mom 's two- season renewal following Season 6, which was an order Anna Faris leaves behind a strong ensemble surrounding Allison Janney, so it should be interesting to see how the show works without Christy and whether it will last

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(Warning: The following story contains SPOILERS regarding Anna Faris' exit from CBS' "Mom" from the Season 8 premiere Thursday).

"Mom" wasted no time in addressing Anna Faris' surprising departure from the CBS comedy, which she co-starred with Allison Janney for seven seasons.

Thursday's season premiere opens with Bonnie (Janney) and her husband Adam (William Fichtner) having dropped off Christy (Faris) at the airport. Christy, who had been going to law school in Northern California, where the show is set, is now going to Georgetown Law School on a scholarship.

The rest of the episode jumps forward a month to show how Bonnie is adjusting to life without her daughter and roommate. Aside from a few references, mainly about how Christy is struggling with the three-hour difference in time zones (the episode ends with her calling Bonnie at a way-too-early hour). The bulk of the premiere, titled "Sex Bucket and the Grammar Police," focuses on the slumber birthday party Bonnie throws for Tammy (Kristen Johnson).

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ET spoke with the stars of the hit CBS sitcom ahead of their season 8 premiere on Nov. 5.

Anna Faris shocked fans last week when she announced she was leaving her hit CBS sitcom Mom News of Faris 's departure from the show broke late last week, and according to sources at the time It remains to be seen how exactly the Chuck Lorre-created series will deal with Ana 's absence, with

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"Mom" showrunner Gemma Baker told TheWrap that even though Faris is gone, "the character of Christy will still be part of our show as we hear updates from Bonnie about how she is thriving."

She also added they have no plans to bring in a new co-star for Janney. "We have no plans to replace Anna because our focus is on continuing to develop robust storylines for the terrific ensemble that our audience has come to know and love."

Faris exited the sitcom in September, leaving Allison Janney as the sole star.

"The past seven years on 'Mom' have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career," Faris said back in September. "I'm so thankful to Chuck, the writers, and my amazing castmates for creating a truly wonderful work experience. While my journey as Christy has come to an end, allowing me to pursue new opportunities, I'll be watching next season and rooting for my TV family."

"Mom" featured Faris and Janney as mother-daughter duo Christy and Bonnie Plunkett who rekindled their relationship after years of alcohol addiction. Faris' character was also a single mother of two. "Mom" also stars Mimi Kennedy, Jaime Pressly, Beth Hall, William Fichtner and Kristen Johnston.

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