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'Mike & Molly': Cough Syrup Makes Molly Loopy on First Date (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Sep 28th 2010 10:15AM
'Mike & Molly' Have Loopy First DateOn 'Mike & Molly' (Mon., 9:30PM ET on CBS), the time has come for the crucial First Date. Molly is sick, but she's desperate not to cancel, since it took Mike "forever" to ask her out. Her mother Joyce comes to her aid, passing her some cough syrup.

Unfortunately, Molly chugs half the bottle before Joyce tells her it has codeine in it. Cut to her lying semi-conscious on the bed, her sister Victoria slapping her awake. She then shoves a diet pill down Molly's throat. "It keeps you awake so you can enjoy the codeine," says Victoria. "You'll thank me later."

Mike arrives for their date. Molly struts down the stairs singing and gyrating to her own rendition of The Exciters' 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy.' She slaps her own butt, yells, "Let's go, sweater boy!" and storms out the front door. Mike is speechless.

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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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The Sitcom Completes Its Comeback This Fall

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 23rd 2010 3:33PM
Mike & MollyI've never been one of those people who felt that the half-hour sitcom, especially the multicamera format that is shot live in front of a studio audience, was dead. Sure, through most of the decade of the '00s, networks seemed to concentrate on developing dramas and single-camera comedies, and by the latter half of the decade, even the number of single-camera comedies had dwindled.

But, like most eras that saw a dearth of comedy development, I always felt that the format was just hibernating, waiting for a show to come along to shock it back into existence. In the '70s, it was 'All in the Family.' In the '80s, it was 'The Cosby Show.' In the '90s, it was 'Seinfeld' and 'Friends.'

In 2010, the sitcom has come all the way back from near-death to cultural and ratings prominence. And you have Chuck Lorre and 'The Big Bang Theory' to thank for that.

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Why Sitcoms Are the Most Anticipated New Fall TV Shows

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 10th 2010 6:15PM
William Shatner in 'Bleep My Dad Says' on CBSEarlier today, James Hibberd of The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed published some interesting results of a tracking poll that measured viewers' "emotional attachment" to some of the upcoming new fall series.

'Hawaii Five-O' and '$#*! My Dad Says' took the top spots in the tracking poll, but that doesn't seem to be a big surprise; fans of the original 'Five-O' have been clamoring to see the Alex O'Loughlin-starring remake, and the pairing of William Shatner and a Twitter-feed-to-sitcom success story has made '$#*!' a show that people want to see, despite some bad reviews of the pilot from us grumpy critic-types.

But the shows that round out the top five are a bit of a surprise: 'Running Wilde' and 'Raising Hope' on FOX, and the new CBS sitcom 'Mike & Molly.' This is from a poll which, according to Hibberd, has an 85% track record, though he pointed out that last year's list didn't contain the popular and critically-acclaimed 'Modern Family,' while it did contain the cancelled 'FlashForward.'

The three comedies have been well-promoted by their respective networks, but they are not as high profile as the top two shows on the list. But there are a number of reasons why new comedies are springing to mind when people talk about fall debuts:

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Is 'Mike and Molly' One Long Fat Joke? - TCA Report

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 28th 2010 5:35PM
Mike and Molly - TCA
If the questions from the assembled television critics in the 'Mike & Molly' TCA panel were any indication, the press at large seem to view CBS's new comedy, which follows two overweight singles who meet at Overweight Anonymous and begin dating, as a prolonged fat joke masquerading as a rom-com.

Thankfully, creator Mark Roberts and executive producer Chuck Lorre were on hand to dispel that notion. "This isn't a show about weight," Lorre insisted. "It's about real people with real issues trying to have a relationship -- [I know] TV would have cast Chris O'Donnell and Courtney Cox as two members of Overeaters Anonymous ... but [Mike and Molly] are just people trying to make their lives better and find love."

Despite this early clarification, the assembled journalists were like a dog with a bone, continuing to prod stars Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell on their weight.

Gardell heroically introduced some much-needed levity to the proceedings, admitting, "I broke a chair before I came out here." At some nervous titters from the audience, he insisted, "I'm not kidding, I'm heavy; you can laugh -- I've caught a mirror."

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Pilot Watch: 'Mike & Molly'

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 1st 2010 10:15AM
Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy in 'Mike & Molly' on CBSFrom now through the end of July, we're going to be taking a quick look at the fall and mid-season pilots that the networks sent to critics after their upfront presentations.

Keep in mind that in each case, our opinions are based on a pilot that could be completely recast and reworked between now and the fall.

Show: 'Mike & Molly'
Network: CBS
Timeslot: Mondays, 9:30PM ET


The lowdown: Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) is a Chicago cop who's desperate to lose weight, not only to stay healthy but also because he's lonely and wants a better shot at meeting someone special. When he goes to an OA meeting, he meets Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy), a sweet schoolteacher whose late father had size issues but who now has to contend with her skinny and clueless mother Joyce (Swoozie Kurtz) and sister Victoria (Katy Mixon). Can Mike and Molly negotiate a long-lasting relationship while battling their weight at the same time?

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Sneak Previews: CBS's New Shows

by Allison Waldman, posted May 20th 2010 11:42AM
cbs_logoYesterday was the CBS Upfront at Carnegie Hall in New York, and befitting a network that's number one in total viewers and brimming with confidence based on its lineup of long-term hits, the executives came out swinging. As newsworthy as the programs chosen for the 2010 schedule for CBS is how the network is shaking up the lineup.

However, the most exciting part of the presentation was getting a chance to see glimpses of the new shows: the remake of 'Hawaii Five-O,' new comedies 'Mike & Molly' and $#! My Dad Says,' Tom Selleck's cop drama 'Blue Bloods' and Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell in 'The Defenders.'

As for the new shows, the trailers are generally quite good; not a dud in the bunch. Here's my impressions and some clips for you to judge for yourself.

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CBS Books 'Hawaii Five-0' Remake and More

by Andrew Scott, posted May 17th 2010 12:15PM
Hawaii Five-O'Lost' may be going off the air next week, but it looks like Hawaii will be sticking around for another season.

According to the Live Feed, CBS has officially picked up the highly anticipated 'Hawaii Five-0' reboot, starring Alex O'Loughlin, 'Lost's' Daniel Dae-Kim and Jean Smart. 'Hawaii Five-0'' is an update of the classic cop drama, which starred Jack Lord as Det. Steve McGarrett.

Also returning to the small screen is 'Magnum, PI' himself, Tom Selleck, who will play a well-decorated chief of police for the NYPD in 'Blue Bloods.'

Meanwhile, CBS has also said yes to the comedy 'Mike & Molly,' from 'Two and a Half Men's' Chuck Lorre, about two people who meet at Overeaters Anonymous. Billy Gardell ('My Name is Earl') and Melissa McCarthy ( 'Gilmore Girls') star.

Rounding out today's pickup: 'Defenders,' a new legal drama starring Jim Belushi ('According to Jim').

CBS will announce its full schedule on Wednesday. Stay tuned to TV Squad for more updates.

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CBS Orders New Show From 'Two and a Half Men' Creator

by Scott Harris, posted May 14th 2010 11:40AM
First he brought us the hilarious romantic misadventures of two wildly opposite brothers and a snarky kid. Then he reminded America that it's okay to make fun of nerds. Now producer Chuck Lorre has set his sights on his next groundbreaking comedic target: fat people.

Yes, get ready for more sitcom magic, as CBS has unofficially given the greenlight to Lorre's latest project, 'Mike and Molly,' which according to Entertainment Weekly is a "romantic tale about an overweight police officer" and a "pleasantly plump gal" who end up meeting at, you guessed it, Overeaters Anonymous.

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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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CBS Picks Up Chuck Lorre Sitcom 'Mike and Molly'

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Dec 17th 2009 11:00AM
CBS is betting on Chuck Lorre once again.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms the network has handed Lorre a pilot order to begin work on 'Mike and Molly,' a comedy about an overweight couple who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Lorre will team with 'Two and a Half Men' producer Mark Roberts, who will write the pilot. No word yet on a premiere date.

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