Mike and Molly cast members Billy Gardell and Rondi Reed recently took to social media to announce that CBS was taking the show off the air.
On Dec. 4, Gardell tweeted that the show’s sixth season, which premieres Wednesday, Jan. 6, would be Mike & Molly’s last and would only be 13 episodes long, according to TV.com. On Dec. 9, Reed, who plays Mike’s mother, revealed that the season had been cut from 22 to 13 episodes on Facebook.
“Before you hear it elsewhere (and some already have) this is the Final and 6th Season of MIKE & MOLLY on CBS,” she wrote. “It is also a shortened season (13 episodes) after the announced full renewal of 22 episodes back in March by the network…The network has its reasons, and I will not get into a debate, discussion or campaign to get them to change their minds.”
She continued: “I remain extremely grateful to have been 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.”
She also that the last day of shooting will be on Jan. 27 and the show’s producers have explored “other ventures.”
The star of the show, Melissa McCarthy, took to Twitter Monday to confirm the news. “I was shocked and heartbroken when @CBS canceled #MikeAndMolly. I would have shot this show for 50 more years. I’ll miss my 2nd family,” the 45-year-old actress wrote.
— Melissa McCarthy (@melissamccarthy) December 14, 2015
And Reno Wilson and Katy Mixon, who play Molly’s sister Victoria Flynn and Mike’s partner Officer Carl McMillan, re-tweeted McCarthy’s post quickly after she posted it.
The show’s executive producer, Chuck Lorre, echoed McCarthy’s sentiments when he spoke with The Insider Monday. “I’m sad. It’s a great group of people,” he said, according to CBS News. “We had a six-year run, which is a very honorable experience in television, but I wasn’t ready for it to end. So, it’s hard. It’s a little bittersweet.”
Lorre also spoke highly of the show and its leading lady, McCarthy.
“It’s a great, great ensemble led by, perhaps, the greatest comic actress of our time in Melissa McCarthy,” he said. “It’s just heartbreaking. I’ve not quite wrapped my head around the idea that it’s going to be over.”
“Six years together with a group of people, it does become a family experience,” he continued. “And babies are born, marriages happen. Marriages end, you know? German cars are purchased. A lot happens.”