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Octavia Spencer, Justin Long set for CBS' 'Mom'

Tuesday - 7/30/2013, 9:40am  ET

Anna Faris participates in the "Mom" panel at the CBS Summer TCA on Monday, July 29, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer will guest star on a new CBS sitcom, "Mom."

Series creator Chuck Lorre said Spencer, who won an Oscar for "The Help," will appear in one episode of "Mom" as a woman with big problems.

They're so big, Lorre said, they put the woes of the character played by series star Anna Faris in perspective.

On "Mom," Faris plays a newly sober single parent, with Allison Janney as her estranged mother.

Lorre, appearing at a Television Critics Association meeting Monday, also said there's a love interest ahead for Faris' Christy. He'll be played by Justin Long.

"Mom" premieres Monday, Sept. 23, on CBS.


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