CBS greenlights Chuck Lorre pilot

Comedy 'Mike and Molly' was written by Mark Roberts

From "Two and a Half Men" to a couple and a half.

CBS has handed out a pilot order to "Mike and Molly," a multicamera comedy from Chuck Lorre -- the mastermind behind the network's top comedies "Men" and "The Big Bang Theory" -- and "Men" executive producer Mark Roberts.

Roberts wrote the pilot, an ensemble revolving around a couple who struggle with overeating and meet at Overeaters Anonymous. He will executive produce with Lorre for Warner Bros. TV, where Lorre is based.

CBS bought "Molly" pre-emptively, looking to extend its winning streak with the previous WBTV/Lorre multicamera series "Men" and "Big Bang." Those series were co-created by the ICM-repped Lorre, who serves as exec producer and showrunner on both.

The CAA-repped Roberts co-starred on 1990s sitcom "The Naked Truth" before switching to writing.

He co-penned with Lorre the 2001 Fox comedy pilot "Nathan's Choice" before joining Lorre on "Men" after the pilot as a co-producer, eventually rising to executive producer. He also is a playwright whose most recent play, "Rantoul and Die," was staged at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood.
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