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'Mom': The highs and lows of season 1

Allison Janney adds a touch of greatness to anything she’s in – Masters of Sex, The West Wing, the Mandy Moore classic How to Deal. So it’s no surprise that Janney shines in CBS sitcom Mom, created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, and Gemma Baker.

Janney’s Bonnie plays mom to Christy (Anna Faris), who plays mom to pregnant teen Violet and adorable 9-year-old Roscoe. Much of the show hinges on Bonnie and Christy’s tumultuous relationship, but the two get along rather nicely in last night’s season finale — probably because they have bigger problems to worry about, i.e. Alvin’s heart attack and Violet’s water breaking.

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Anna Faris on childhood memories: 'I had a Barbie whorehouse'

While most little girls styled their Barbie dollhouses with fabulous family, friends and pets — Anna Faris made her dream house a brothel that served as a foundation for unsolved murder mysteries.

Making an appearance on Conan late night on Wednesday,  the Mom star shared an interesting childhood memory of holding murder-mysteries with her dolls. “I was fascinated with murder as a child,” Faris said. “I would create Barbie murder mysteries. One Barbie would die and the rest of the Barbies would have to figure out who the killer was.”

Faris continued, “My mom doesn’t know this, so please don’t tell her. There was a weird sexual component to it. Yeah, ol’ Peaches. I had like a Barbie whorehouse.”

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Allison Janney busts out 'The Jackal' for Arsenio Hall

In the summer comedy The Way Way Back, Allison Janney played a sauced mom who leaks TMI, and in the new CBS sitcom Mom, Janney plays another poor role-model mother who’s a recovered addict. But Janney will forever be known for the most sober of characters, President Bartlet’s press secretary and chief of staff C.J. Cregg on The West Wing. Fans of that Aaron Sorkin show will recall the season 1 episode where the White House staff gathers at the end of a long day of walk-and-talks to watch Cregg’s performance of Ronny Jordan’s 1993 song, ‘The Jackal’ — a jazzy, whispery rap that the actress had mastered in her downtime during the show that has since become a secret-handshake of sorts for those who love Janney, Cregg, and The West Wing.

When Janney recently signed on to Twitter, White House press secretary Jay Carney welcomed her to the site by asking her to teach him how to do “The Jackal.” If he was watching Arsenio Hall last night, he received a free lesson. Janney slinked and slanked on to the host’s lap to perform a sensual rendition of the song. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

'Hostages,' 'Mom,' and more: 6 shows our TV critics are keeping an eye on

As EW’s TV critics, we’ve already weighed in with our six best new shows of the fall, including buzzy series like Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Blacklist. But now, we present six more new shows — these ones aren’t necessarily the best, but there is potential in them. Here are the shows we’ll be keeping our eye on this fall.

Dracula
Premieres Friday, Oct. 25, at 10 p.m. on NBC
The vampire drama has been done to death. But if anyone can bring it back from its shriveled, dehydrated-human-jerky corpse, it’s Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who’s such a pale, slithery nightstalker, it’s easy to believe he actually spends his nights slurping from goblets of Type-A Negative and growing out his fingernails to Nosferatu lengths. So it’s a stroke of genius to cast him as Dracula in this 19th century period drama, which finds our fanged hero posing as an American entrepreneur so that he can seek revenge on the Order of the Dragon, a group of Victorian high-society folks who cursed him long ago. Because Dracula is brought to you by the exec producers of Downton Abbey, there’s also plenty of frilly costumes and forbidden romance: Dracula keeps getting distracted by the beautiful Mina (Jessica DeGouw), who might be the reincarnation of his dead wife. The melodrama is cranked up so high, you can almost see Rhys Meyers stifling laughs. But Dracula’s fight against the rich kids does have a certain 99-percenter timeliness, and the secret-society angle should excite the Comic-Con geeks — especially when Van Helsing shows up. —Melissa Maerz

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