12:54pm PT by Michael O'Connell
'Mike & Molly' Heads to Syndication on FX in 2014
Warner Bros. Television has firmed up its early sale of off-network syndication rights to Mike & Molly.
Following reports of early deals for its CBS comedies Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls, and the latter's sale to TBS, FX announced Tuesday that it will host exclusive syndication of the Mark Roberts-created sitcom starting in September 2014.
Mike & Molly, which stars Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy and was the most-watched new series of the 2010-11 season, joins fellow CBS comedies How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men in FX's syndication portfolio.
Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Ken Werner began shopping both Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls to broadcasters, ahead of the traditional schedule, just a month ago. USA Network's acquisition of Modern Family after its freshman season has been cited as a strong case for the early deal.
2 Broke Girls, which just completed its freshman season, won't premiere on TBS until 2015.