It’s the end of the road for Mike & Molly. CBS has cancelled the comedy series starring Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell less than a month before the show’s sixth season is set to premiere.
Created by Mark Roberts, Mike & Molly follows Mike Biggs, a Chicago police office, and Molly Flynn, a school teacher, who meet at overeaters anonymous and quickly fall in love. The comedy series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and stars Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson, Nyambi Nyambi, Swoosie Kurtz, Katy Mixon, Louis Mustillo, Cleo King, Rondi Reed and David Anthony Higgins.
News of the cancellation spread across social media over the weekend when series regular Rondi Reed made a lengthy post about the show’s future on Facebook. “Before you hear it elsewhere (and some already have) this is the Final and 6th Season of MIKE & MOLLY on CBS”, she wrote. “Other venues were explored by WB and Bonanza Productions (Chuck Lorre) after CBS announced their intentions, but did not turn up a future for our show”.
While both CBS and series producer Warner Bros. Television have yet to officially comment on the news, the writing has been on the wall for the comedy. Despite getting an early renewal alongside 2 Broke Girls and Mom, the episode order for season six was trimmed from the full 22 episode pick up down to a mere 13 – a move that was widely viewed as the network signalling their intention to bring the show to a close.
From what I’m hearing this decision was not driven by ratings, especially as, like Rules Of Engagement before it, the series has been a utility player for the network; able to perform irrespective of time-slot or how late in the season it launched. There’s some talk that the show is a victim of vertical integration as deals with the cast were nearly up. Looking for the silver lining here? This potentially frees up McCarthy to reprise her role as Sookie in Netflix’s upcoming Gilmore Girls revival.