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With the success of ‘Modern Family,’ new shows bring generations together

In the fall sitcom “Mom,” Anna Faris’s newly sober Christy desperately wants to be different from her estranged mother. An emotionally brittle waitress, Christy blames all of her hardest problems — addiction, terminal cynicism, bad choices in men — on the woman who raised her.

But life, TV, sobriety, and comedy have another plan for Christy, as Rod Serling might have put it on “The Twilight Zone.” Who does she run into at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting but her passive-aggressive mother, Bonnie, the cause of all her woe. A self-centered, spiky, and funny lady played with brilliant timing by Allison Janney, Bonnie fully intends to reconnect with her daughter and bond with Christy’s two kids. She latches on like a barnacle.

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