Mike and Molly are saying goodbye six years after the CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly” began. Chuck Lorre, the show’s executive producer, confirmed that the cast and crew have been informed about the cancellation and that the popular sitcom’s sixth season will be the last.
As reported by USA Today on December 13, “Mike & Molly” executive producer Chuck Lorre said that instead of the usual 22 episodes, the last season has been shortened to only 13 episodes. “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.”
The last 13 “Mike & Molly” episodes begin airing on January 6. The last taping of the CBS show is scheduled for January 27, and in addition to the show’s producer, cast members have expressed their feelings about the show’s ending.
Billy Gardell, who plays the role of Mike, Molly’s husband, tweeted that when “Mike and Molly returns Jan 6, it will be our last episodes. There are 13 of them. Thank you everyone who supported us.” In regard to Mike’s wife Molly (played by Melissa McCarthy), Gardell said that his co-star calls the sitcom group “a huddled mass- because we just care for each other.”
Rondi Reed, who plays the role of Mike’s mother Peggy, wrote on her Facebook page last week that “Mike & Molly” is ending and confirmed that the last taping will be on January 27. Reed’s complete Facebook post reads as the following:
“Before you hear it elsewhere (and some already have) this is the Final and 6th Season of MIKE & MOLLY on CBS. It is also a shortened season (13 episodes) after the announced full renewal of 22 episodes back in March by the network. We are done taping as of January 27th 2016 and I am not sure exactly when/if the episodes will all be aired. The network has it’s reasons, and I will not get into a debate, discussion, or campaign to get them to change their minds. Other venues were explored by WB and Bonanza Productions (Chuck Lorre) after CBS announced their intentions, but did not turn up a future for our show. It is a fact and we have known for a few weeks. I remain extremely grateful to have been a part of this and to have worked with a fabulous bunch of folks over the years. I have learned a lot about many things, including the Business we call Show. Also grateful for all the fans and for the personal support I have received over the (almost) 6 seasons. Stewart Talent has guided me every step of the way on this journey and for that I am also forever grateful.”
Mike and Molly saying goodbye is shocking millions of fans who did not expect that CBS would cancel the popular sitcom six years after it premiered on September 20, 2010. According to the USA Today report, neither CBS nor Warner Brothers Television (which produces the comedy) provided a confirmation or a reason for the cancellation of “Mike & Molly.”