Mike and Molly are breaking up with CBS. The CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly” will end after a shortened season. In a statement to USA Today on Dec. 13, “Mike & Molly” executive producer Chuck Lorre confirmed that the long-running comedy series will end after a shortened 13-episode season. “We have an order for 13 (episodes) and we have not received any word from CBS that there is life past that 13, so we’re looking to have closure here on the series,” Lorre said.
CBS previously renewed “Mike & Molly” for a full 22 episodes, so the shorter season comes as a blow to “Mike & Molly” fans. The title characters Mike and Molly are played by Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy. The show also stars Reno Wilson, Katy Mixon and Swoosie Kurtz. According to Us Weekly, CBS and production company Warner Bros. Television have not yet confirmed that the upcoming sixth season of the show will be the final one, but in addition to Lorre’s statement, two of the show’s stars have posted social media messages stating that the show will end.
While Melissa McCarthy has not yet commented on the cancellation, Billy Gardell took to Twitter to write: “Mike and Molly returns Jan 6. It will be our last episodes. There are 13 of them. Thank you everyone who supported us.” And Rondi Reed, who plays Mike’s mother Peggy, posted a lengthy Facebook message to fans, confirming that the show will end after 13 episodes. The actress revealed that taping for the series ends on Jan. 27 and that she is unsure when the episodes will air. Season 6 of “Mike & Molly” was previously expected to premiere on Jan. 5.