Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
TV or not TV
Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

» E-mail

» Subscribe (RSS)

Monday on TV: ‘Mom’ ends its first season on a high note

Mom (8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) comes to the end of its first season tonight, and there definitely have been ups and downs.

The first few episodes of this sitcom about Christy (Anna Faris), a recovering alcoholic; her mother, Bonnie (Allison Janney), a recovering alcoholic; and Christy’s daughter, Violet (Sadie Calvano), a pregnant teenager, were sharp and funny. Then the series sort of lost its way as it became more about Christy’s series of boyfriends.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

But the show got back on track as it became more about Christy’s interactions with a recovering alcoholic diagnosed with cancer (Mimi Kennedy); a recovering alcoholic headed for prison (Octavia Spencer).

And, somewhat surprisingly, it struck comedy gold when Christy met her father, Alvin (Kevin Pollak), who abandoned Bonnie when Christy was born.

In tonight’s excellent season finale, Violet goes into labor. And Bonnie discovers she has feeling for Alvin after he has a heart attack - much to the amusement of Christy.

(She’s amused by her mother’s feelings, not her father’s heart attack.)

The good news is that "Mom" has already been renewed for next season. Can’t wait to see where this goes next.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Two Broke Girls (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Max and Caroline agree to make a wedding cake for a bride (Lindsay Lohan) who can’t decide on what style of cake she wants. (New timeslot)

Dancing with the Stars (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The remaining contestants perform; dancers face elimination.

The Voice (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The playoffs continue.

Bones (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): A murder victim found in a swamp was cryogenically frozen.

Star Crossed (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Emery tells Roman not to trust his uncle.

Friends with Better Lives (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Kate takes Will to a bar and acts as his wingman. (Regular time slot)

Mike & Molly (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Carl, Mike and Samuel take a road trip to Memphis to meet Carl’s mother.

The Following (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Ryan hopes to infiltrate the cult and capture Joe Carroll.

The Tomorrow People (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Can there be a truce between the Tomorrow People and Ultra?

The Blacklist (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Liz finally confronts her phony husband.

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.