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Billy Gardell Tells 'Early' How 'Mike & Molly' Has Changed His Life (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Oct 24th 2011 5:30PM
In an interview with 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) 'Mike & Molly' star Billy Gardell discussed how the CBS sitcom has rocketed his career to a new level of success. While his co-star Melissa McCarthy has had a truly epic year, winning an Emmy and starring in 'Bridesmaids,' Gardell told Mo Rocca that the show's fans have been steadily increasing the size of the crowds at his stand-up shows.

But while his comedy shows may be getting bigger in size, Gardell is decreasing in size himself. He's lost 25 pounds, or "one chin," since the show began. Gardell said that his producers were behind him in his weight-loss journey, assuring him that they would write the changes into his character's story. Even with the support, Gardell admitted that "sometimes the cake wins."

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Billy Gardell Talks About Melissa McCarthy Winning Emmy Gold (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 23rd 2011 7:00AM
Billy Gardell, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Nobody is happier for Melissa McCarthy's Emmy win for Lead Actress in a Comedy than her 'Mike & Molly' co-star Billy Gardell. He heaped praise on her as an actress and as a person on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS).

"I thought her speech when she won the Emmy was incredibly genuine, and it's a real reflection of who she is," Gardell said.

But when Craig Ferguson asked if he feared this could impact their relationship, Gardell was confident it won't. "She hasn't talked to me since she won it," he joked. "I'm sure she's just busy."

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Billy Gardell Says Melissa McCarthy Is Famous, He's Vaguely Recognized (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 6th 2011 4:03AM
Billy Gardell, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'He may have a starring role in a hit television sitcom, but Billy Gardel told 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) that he has no delusions of stardom. His co-star, Melissa McCarthy, though? Gardell says she's famous now after stealing the show in the 'Bridesmaids' movie.

"I'm still getting those looks like they're not sure," he explained. "I get that look on the street like, 'Are you on TV or did you fix our toilet? I know I know you from somewhere.'"

If that's the case now, it's only going to be a matter of time before Gardell's face is known by more people. If nothing else, McCarthy's success in 'Bridesmaids' could draw more viewers to the second season of 'Mike & Molly' this fall, which would help Gardell's star rise as well. It's a win-win-win (the third one is for us, because we get another season of their irresistible adorableness).

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'Mike & Molly' Star Billy Gardell Reacts to Marie Claire Criticism (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 31st 2011 1:45PM
Billy Gardell of 'Mike & Molly' is still trying to live down an article by Marie Claire contributor Maura Kelly, in which his show was accused of "promoting obesity." Gardell addressed the article, which appeared last October, on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) this morning.

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'Mike & Molly': Sex and Popcorn (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 2nd 2010 1:21AM
'Mike & Molly': Sex and PopcornThere's nothing like the first long weekend together. On 'Mike & Molly' (9:30PM ET on CBS), the pair enjoys a two-day getaway as a new couple, doing all the "standard" romantic things: having sex, talking about feet ... rolling around on top of popcorn. (Note: your own "standard" romantic experience may differ from Mike and Molly's.)

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Things are going well, as policeman Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) spends some "sexy time" with teacher Molly Flynn. But when the weekend is over, Mike has trouble letting go. Not that this presents a huge problem for Molly (Melissa McCarthy).

When it's time for Molly to leave, Mike makes an impromptu speech, listing his favorite things about their time together -- which includes the pair eating "kettle corn" ... in bed. He continues: "My favorite part of this weekend was waking up in the morning, seeing you laying next to me ... your tiny feet popping out of the covers. ... The 'other stuff' was great, but that's the memory I'll be keeping 'right here,'" Mike says, pointing to his heart.

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Billy Gardell Responds to Controversial Marie Claire Article on 'The Talk' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 1st 2010 3:45PM
On 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated), 'Mike and Molly' star Billy Gardell responded to a controversial article by Marie Claire contributor Maura Kelly, in which she accused the show of "promoting obesity" and made other comments widely considered derogatory toward overweight people.

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'Mike & Molly' Series Premiere: Plus-Sized Laughs? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 21st 2010 5:13AM
'Mike & Molly'It's always nice if you have a great story about how you first met to tell the kids later. 'Mike & Molly' (Mon. 9:30PM on CBS) have a long way to go before they reach that stage of the relationship but they've definitely got a story to tell.

Creator Mark Roberts and executive producer Chuck Lorre ('Two and a Half Men,' 'The Big Bang Theory') wanted to present a comedy that more accurately reflected the America we see outside our windows rather than the one reflected back to us from our televisions.

Enter Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) and Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy), two overweight singles who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.

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'Mike and Molly' Star Billy Gardell Pays Craig Ferguson for a Shout-Out (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Sep 3rd 2010 5:20AM
Billy Gardell Pays Craig Ferguson on 'Late Late Show'Billy Gardell co-stars with Melissa McCarthy in 'Mike and Molly' -- a new fall sitcom that follows the title characters as they meet at Overweight Anonymous and begin dating. For the funnyman, a visit to 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS) was his first late-night TV appearance.

Craig Ferguson
probably doesn't know much about Gardell, but the actor and his family are definitely familiar with the host. "My Aunt Judy adores you. Will you say hi to Aunt Judy?" pleaded Gardell.

Ferguson gestured for some cash. Gardell rummaged up a $20 bill. The host then got some particulars (like where she lives) and gave her a saucy shout-out.

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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.'

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My Name is Earl: Our Other Cops is On (parts 1 & 2)

by Paul Goebel, posted Nov 2nd 2007 11:58AM

Emmy winner Jamie Pressly(S03E07/S03E08) Crazy ho! - Earl Hickey

Seeing how the first Cops episode was my personal favorite I was psyched to see another one. I love seeing all the gang back together again; one-legged girlfriend, now-deceased kidnapping victim, throat cancer survivor, gay Kenny and the addition of Billy Gardell as Officer Hoyne was a smart casting move.

The great thing about these kind of episodes is that they seem like a bunch of random jokes and scenes strung together documentary style but when it's over, you realize that an intricately woven plot has just unfolded.

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