CBS Holiday Episode Teasers: SCORPION, NCIS & Spinoffs, MOM and More

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CBS is getting into the Thanksgiving and Christmas spirit with holiday-themed episodes of eight different shows. Read on for teasers for upcoming holiday episodes.

Tuesday, November 24

NCIS (8:00-9:00 PM) “Blood Brothers” – In the hopes of sparing a family further tragedy, the Secretary of Defense calls on NCIS to help a sailor battling leukemia locate a bone marrow transplant after his two Marine siblings are killed in the line of duty. Also, Bishop returns home to Oklahoma for the Thanksgiving holiday. Lindsay Wagner guest stars as Barbara Bishop, Special Agent Bishop’s mother.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (9:00-10:00 PM) “Billy and the Kid” – The murder of a Marine provides new clues in the first case Pride and Lasalle ever worked together, a murder just before Hurricane Katrina struck the city and washed away all the evidence. Also, the team celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday together at Pride’s bar.

Monday, December 14

SCORPION (9:00-10:00 PM) “Dam Breakthrough” – On Christmas Eve, Team Scorpion must prevent a catastrophe when torrential rains create a large crack in a dam, threatening to wipe out an entire town in its wake.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (10:00-11:00 PM) “Cancel Christmas” – When a suspected North Korean spy is poisoned and hit by a truck carrying Christmas trees, the team must search for who is responsible for smuggling spies into the country. Also, Deeks and Kensi try to find a way include their mothers in their Christmas plans, and Hetty notices that Granger isn’t feeling the holiday cheer.

Tuesday, December 15

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (9:00-10:00 PM) “Blue Christmas” – A string of Christmas burglaries turns deadly and the evidence leads the NCIS team to Wade’s adopted son, Danny. Also, Lasalle and Brody tease Sonja about the high stakes of drawing Pride in the team’s Secret Santa holiday exchange.

Thursday, December 17

LIFE IN PIECES (8:31-9:01 PM) “Lice Stealing College Caroling” – Colleen joins John and his Air Force buddies for his annual tradition of dirty Christmas caroling. Also, Joan tries to hijack Lark’s first Christmas from Jen and Greg, and Samantha gets lice from a mall Santa.

MOM (9:01-9:30 PM) “Horny-Goggles and a Catered Intervention” – Christy and Bonnie try to be supportive when Regina tells them she doesn’t think she’s an alcoholic, and Wendy tries to convince the women to attend a sober holiday dance.

The TV Addict’s Top 10 Television Shows of 2014

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While they may not have been the year’s most critically acclaimed or the country’s most popular, each the following shows made this TV Addict’s Top 10 of 2014 for the simple reason that they left us jonesing another fix. You know those people who say “less is more?” Yeah, they’re totally wrong. As the following programs prove, too much is never enough.

MANHATTAN (WGNAmerica, CraveTV in Canada – Binge-watched)
WGN America’s second foray into scripted fare may have been about the development of a bomb, but the series itself was anything but [Thank you, thank you, we’ll be here all night! Remember to tip your waiters!] Flawlessly crafted and beautifully acted, the show’s story, set against America’s race to beat Germany to the development of the world’s first atomic bomb was an absolute joy to watch. So much so that knowing the end thanks to, umm… well, history books, didn’t detract in the least from this immensely compelling series. [Read more…]

Exclusive: Sadie Calvano Dishes on Continued MOM Drama, and Violet’s Unspoken Fear

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Sobriety, cancer, and teenage pregnancy. Those were just a few of the issues tackled on season one of “Mom.”

In season two of the hit CBS sitcom (Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c), things aren’t getting any less complicated as Violet and Christy work through their strained mother-daughter relationship. In tomorrow night’s fall finale, Christy and Bonnie join Violet in therapy, and family secrets are revealed.

Earlier this week, I spoke exclusively with the 17-year-old Sadie Calvano about her role as Violet, and what it’s like to play a flawed person in a series dependent on the limitations of its characters. We also spoke about some of her favorite on-set moments, and the dream it has been to perform in front of a live studio audience. [Read more…]

About Last Night: CBS Thursday Comedy Recap

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Chuck Lorre is currently dominating 50% of CBS’ Thursday night lineup, and with some of the best multi-camera sitcoms television presently has to offer.

Last night, minor surgeries, affordable housing, and marriage fraud were hot topics among ‘Lorreland’. Brief recaps of each await you after the jump! [Read more…]

MOM Recap: No Money, Mo’ Problems

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Season 2 | Episode 2 | “Figgy Pudding and the Rapture” | Aired Nov 6, 2014

They say money can’t buy happiness. At this point, the Plunketts could use a little bit of both.

Last week, Christy’s gambling problem forced the family to abandon their home when she could no longer afford the rent. This week, matters only got worse as an exploding meth lab forced the family out of their motel, and onto Marjorie’s pullout couch. [Read more…]

MOM Recap: Wanna Bet?

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Season 2 | Episode 1 | “Hepatitis and Lemon Zest” | Aired Oct 30, 2014

“Mom” is a sitcom about a lot of things – alcoholism, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, the broken trust between an estranged mother and her equally lost daughter. But above all else, it’s a show unafraid to tell real stories about honest-to-God people who are unabashedly flawed. Few shows, let alone sitcoms, would dare take the risks that “Mom” is taking at the start of season two.

In “Hepatitis and Lemon Zest,” Christy (or should I say, Crusty) is coming up on a year and a half of sobriety, though as it turns out, she’s never quite quit her gambling addiction. It’s not a problem until she gambles away three months worth of rent money, and she and her family are threatened with eviction.

Christy, Bonnie and Marjorie are able to piece together a month’s worth of rent, but Christy’s need to satisfy her addiction prompts her to risk it all for a chance at winning $6,000. She miraculously wins, but her luck soon runs out when she’s robbed at gunpoint outside of work. Now penniless, she and her family will be forced to live in a fleabag motel until she and Bonnie can get together enough money to start anew.

In the interim, Christy has a bountiful dose of hurdles to conquer. She must overcome her gambling bug while sponsoring newly sober alcoholic, Jill (Jaime Pressly, “My Name is Earl”). Meanwhile, daughter Violet has yet to get over giving her baby girl up for adoption, and things are heating up between Bonnie and Alvin (Kevin Pollak, “The Usual Suspects”).

Needless to say, “Mom” has no shortage of stories to tell, and is in no danger of the feared ‘sophomore slump’.

We Shine the Spotlight on MOM Star Blake Garrett Rosenthal

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Very few actors in Hollywood can hold their own on screen with the likes of Allison Janney and Anna Faris, but young actor Blake Garrett Rosenthal makes it look effortless. Portraying Roscoe, the younger son of Faris’ character Christy, Blake gets all the best lines. His character Roscoe is a child beyond his years that seems to innately know that he is years ahead of his mom and even his grandmother in maturity and wisdom. Getting to play such a rich and hilarious character has been a dream for Blake, and even at his tender age, he knows how rare it is to get such a fun and remarkable opportunity.

In a recent exclusive interview, Blake talked about what he loves and appreciates working on the CBS comedy series MOM. [Read more…]

We Shine the Spotlight on MOM Star Anna Faris

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Having made the leap from the big screen to the silver screen on CBS’s MOM, Anna Faris landed on one of the hottest new sitcoms of the season. During a press interview at the Warner Bros. Mondo International Press Tour, Anna talked about making the big leap, what interests her about this particular role, and the fun of working with Chuck Lorre. [Read more…]

We Shine the Spotlight on MOM Star Allison Janney

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In the CBS comedy MOM, Allison Janney has been presented with the role of a lifetime portraying a mother, grandmother, and recovering alcoholic who is now battling breast cancer. Credit goes to Chuck Lorre for knowing that Allison was the perfect actor for the part. During a press interview at the Warner Bros. Mondo International Press Tour, Allison shared what she loves about this fascinating role and the unexpected joy of working with a live audience. [Read more…]

Breaking News: CBS Gives Full Season Orders to THE CRAZY ONES, THE MILLERS and MOM

Press Release: CBS has given full season “back nine” orders to television’s top three freshman comedies — THE CRAZY ONES, THE MILLERS and MOM.

“We’re proud of CBS’s leadership position in comedy and excited to build on it with the back nine pick-ups of these three new comedies,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. “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.” [Read more…]