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Melissa McCarthy Lands in New Lorre Comedy Pilot

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 28th 2010 11:15AM
melissa_mccarthy_abc_samantha_whoLooking into future for CBS comedy, it seems likely that Chuck Lorre will be a part of it. He's already the key component in the success of 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Two and a Half Men,' so chances are the Tiffany network would like to see what he has in store next. That will probably be 'Mike and Molly,' a pilot that is currently in production starring Billy Gardell as a fat, charming cop who meets the girl of his dreams at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.

The girl, Molly, is going to be played by Melissa McCarthy. The fact that Melissa McCarthy will be in 'Mike and Molly' has made me want to watch it. How great is it that Sookie from 'Gilmore Girls' is getting the star turn! For fans of 'Gilmore Girls,' Sookie was always an adorable sidekick to Lorelai, and Melissa McCarthy was wonderful in the role. She was equally kooky and lovable on 'Samantha Who?' as Dena. I have no doubt that she's going be be terrific on 'Mike and Molly.'

The concept of 'Mike and Molly' is promising. According to the breakdown, charming cop Mike meets Molly at the OA meeting and they hit it off. And unlike other shows about heavy people, this one is real. The characters are legitimately chunky. No fake fat here. Lorre's idea is to show a reality based romance, not the Hollywood equivalent.

CBS is probably going to looking for a few sitcom holes to fill, especially with 'Accidentally on Purpose' definitely in the bubble category, as in on the bubble. 'Gary Unmarried' is probably there, too, and 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' may have run its course. 'Two and a Half Men' will be back for one more year at least, but if CBS is planning ahead -- and you know they are -- 'Mike and Molly' could be an eventual Monday night sitcom fill in.

What do you think? Are you interested in 'Mike and Molly' because of Melissa McCarthy and do you think CBS is interested because they want to stay in business with Chuck Lorre?

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