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Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Looking for more comedy, CBS commissions another Chuck Lorre pilot


“Mike & Molly,” a Chuck Lorre comedy. (RICHARD CARTWRIGHT - CBS)
Regarding your question as to whether CBS will be able to beat another season out of “How I Met Your Mother”: The network has commissioned Chuck Lorre to shoot a pilot on yet another sitcom just in case. It’s about a newly sober single mother — in wine country!

Lorre is the guy behind the current CBS comedies “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mike & Molly.”

CBS is looking to shore up its comedy stable. Its Monday comedies have taken a ratings hit against NBC’s “The Voice” (moving “Men” out of that night didn’t help, either); its new comedy “Partners” already is canceled; and the future of its only other new comedy for this season, “Friend Me,” looks dubious after the death of a co-creator.

Then there’s “HIMYM,” on which many contracts will run out at the end of this season. CBS suits have made clear their hope to bring back the show in the fall.

Meanwhile, Lorre’s new comedy — about the newly sober mom living in Napa — takes him back to dangerous territory: sitcoms that have female leads.

Lorre’s the guy who famously cut his teeth on “Roseanne,” then developed comedies for Brett Butler and Cybill Shepherd, and summed it all up to Entertainment Weekly by saying, “All that toxicity, ugliness and anger was the reason to create a character like [‘Dharma & Greg’s’] Dharma.’’

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