CBS Cancels ‘Mike & Molly’
CBS is canceling one of its longest-running comedies currently still on the air.
The network has canceled Mike & Molly, with the upcoming sixth season being its last. The news was confirmed on Twitter by Mike himself, actor Billy Gardell, who stated that the show would be going into its final episodes.
“Mike and Molly returns Jan 6, it will be our last episodes,” Gardell wrote in the tweet. “There are 13 of them. Thank you everyone who supported us.”
The news was further confirmed by actress Rondi Reed, who plays Mike’s mother, Peggy. In a statement posted to Facebook, Reed stated that Mike & Molly had been canceled, and that the initial 22-episode order had been scaled back to 13 episodes.
“We are done taping as of January 27th, 2016 and I am not sure exactly when/if the episodes will all be aired,” said Reed. “The network has its reasons, and I will not get into a debate, discussion, or campaign to get them to change their minds.”
Reed would go on to add that Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre’s Bonanza Productions, the respective companies behind the series, have been so far unable to find a new home for Mike & Molly. This would seem to suggest that they’re trying to find another network, which could mean this isn’t the end for the show just yet. But any talk about a seventh season seems like a long shot, especially since someone like Melissa McCarthy would command a considerable salary on her own.
Ultimately, this frees up McCarthy to focus more on her movie career, although it’s a shame to see the rest of the talented cast left without a series. This is a show I’ve only just caught through syndication, but it’s a funny and sweet series. Of course, six seasons really isn’t as bad at all. So while it’s sad to see the series go, the cast and crew should be proud of what they accomplished here.
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