TV Tidbits: Allison Janney Becomes a ‘Mom,’ Smulders Open to ‘S.H.I.E.L.D’

ALTAnna Faris Gains a Famous Mom: Mother/daughter relationships can be tough — but we’re greatly looking forward to the one that forms the core relationship on the upcoming CBS sitcom Mom, since Allison Janney and Anna Faris are the duo in question. Janney’s casting was officially announced today — she’ll play Bonnie, whose daughter is struggling to maintain sobriety in Napa Valley, CA. Sounds like a nightmare. [Hollywood Reporter]

Smulders to Join S.H.I.E.L.D?: How I Met Your Mother may never end, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Cobie Smulders isn’t open to joining Joss Whedon’s upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D project. Smulders, who plays agent Maria Hill in The Avengers franchise, told that there have been talks about her at least making cameos on the series… but she can’t say much more. [TVLine]

Family Feud: NBC is following in the History Channel’s footsteps with its new pilot, a modern-day take on the legendary feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. The show will take place in Pittsburgh, when a sudden death re-ignites the fight between the dueling families. The History Channel’s 2012 miniseries about the feud drew 14 million viewers for the network. [Entertainment Weekly]

Yuuuup! Storage Wars Bad Blood: According to A&E, former Storage Wars cast member Dave Hester‘s claims that the show is totally rigged are totally false. Hester filed a lawsuit in December alleging that the network planted memorabilia in storage lockers for the show, which could be illegal. However, in new legal papers A&E says Hester participated in the planting he’s renouncing the network for. A&E wants Hester to prove his claims against the show — and since they say he can’t, they want the lawsuit tossed. [THR]

Hunka hunka Burning Love: Internet-based Bachelor spoof Burning Love, from the mind of funnyman (and Children’s Hospital star) Ken Marino, is branching out into a new medium: TV. The first season of the online series will air on E! beginning Monday, Feb. 25 at 10 p.m., and will run as seven half-hour episodes. Season two of the series premieres online on Feb. 14. [EW]

Always the Bridesmaids: The Bridesmaids success continues for two alums of the comedy hit who have just landed new TV roles. Wendi McLendon-Covey will recur on Showtime’s Masters of Sex (premiering in the fall) as a mentor to sex researcher Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). They’re two of the only females in the boys’ club that is their hospital. Meanwhile, erstwhile air marshal Ben Falcone will stir up trouble for Matthew Perry’s therapy group in NBC’s freshman sitcom Go On. He’ll play a dinner party guest who disrupts Perry’s plan to help one of his groupmates. [Deadline, THR]

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