10:55am PT by Lesley Goldberg
CBS' 'Mike and Molly' Canceled, Co-Star Says
The upcoming sixth season of CBS' Mike & Molly will be its last, according to one of the co-stars.
The news comes as Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy was in her final contract year for the romantic comedy co-starring Billy Gardell. The comedy, in the recent past, had shifted from a fall launch to become a dependable midseason bench player. The series will return for its sixth season Jan. 6 as part of CBS' new Wednesday comedy block with fellow WBTV comedy 2 Broke Girls and run for seven weeks. It's unclear when its remaining episodes will run. Season six marks the first time the multicamera series has received anything but a 22-episode order.
For producer Lorre, the end of Mike & Molly will leave the prolific showrunner with two shows on the air: CBS' Mom and The Big Bang Theory, TV's No. 1 comedy among adults 18-49. The network said farewell to Lorre's Two and a Half Men last season.
CBS, for its part, has had a strong fall with all four of its freshman series earning full-season orders. The net has a crowded bench with rookie comedy Angel From Hell — produced in-house by CBS Television Studios — as well as WBTV remake Rush Hour, with the latter yet to be scheduled.
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