News Briefs: Anna Faris Is CBS's Mom

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... MILF, thy name is Anna Faris. The funny blonde from The House Bunny the Scary Movie franchise has scored one of the pilot season's jackpots, the lead role in Chuck Lorre's new CBS comedy Mom. She'll play a newly sober single mom living in California's wine country (isn't that like a sex addict moving into the Playboy Mansion or your mom's house? Heehee got you), and given Chuck Lorre's track record, you can put that on the board for six seasons. Congrats, Anna. Drinks are on you next time. [TV Line]


... A & E has ordered the reality series Rodeo Girls, a docu-drama following rodeo riders who also happen to have lady parts. Sit tight for eight episodes or just go to the Saddle Ranch Chop House on the Sunset Strip and ogle ladies while they ride the mechanical bull like the rest of the perverts. [A & E via press release]

... Team Eat, Pray, Love is reuniting for an HBO movie. Julia Roberts will star in the Ryan Murphy-directed The Normal Heart, an adaptation of the Tony-winning play of the same name. Roberts will play Dr. Emma Brookner, a paraplegic doctor who treats AIDS patients in 1980s New York. Sounds like fun! Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer will also star, and their characters will be in a relationship aww yeah. [HBO via press release]

... Christopher Guest's mockumentary comedy Family Tree will debut this spring on HBO. The series stars funny guy Chris O'Dowd (The IT Crowd, Girls) as a man sorting out his ancestry and running into some kooky relatives. This is soooooo Christopher Guest (A Mighty Wind, Best In Show). [HBO via press release]

... I was recently kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to watch Les Miserables, and one of the things I saw before I fell asleep was a preview for A & E's horror series Bates Motel. It's a prequel to Psycho from Lost showrunner Carlton Cuse, and you know what? It looks good! Anyway, it has a premiere date: Monday, March 18 at 10pm. [A & E via press release]

... And just so A & E doesn't stay TOO classy, it also greenlit the reality series The Governor's Wife, which is NOT a Walking Dead spin-off but you'll wish it was. Instead, it follows former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards and his wife Trina. What's the big deal? He's 85 years old, she's 34. America! [A & E via press release]

... The always excitable Aaron Paul recently tweeted the premiere date of Breaking Bad's final season, but like a twitchy methhead, it looks like he jumped the gun. Paul said Season 5.5 (or Season 6, depending on how you see it) would debut on July 14, but AMC squirted him with a spraybottle full of water and said that wasn't true. So in summary, there is no news on Breaking Bad's return date. [Alan Sepinwall's Twitter]

... Discovery has greenlit a pair of new shows following rough dudes who do rough things. Extreme Smuggling looks at the world of drug smuggling and the lengths to which your dealer goes to make sure your next party doesn't suck. In Shipwreck Men, competitive salvage crews scour the Florida waters for sinking boats. Both series will debut on January 14, which means they've been in the works for some time now. Why is this the first we're hearing about this, Discovery? What else are you hiding!?!? [EW]

... If you're The Big Bang Theory, you're feeling pretty good about yourself right now. The megahit comedy secured another series high in viewers (19.25 million viewers) and adult demo rating (6.1). Person of Interest also hit a series high with 16.14 million viewers. That's what happens when everyone else airs repeats! [CBS via press release]

Follow writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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