While CBS decided to shift The Big Bang Theory over to Thursday nights starting this fall, they’ve added a new comedy series to their Monday night lineup. Mike and Molly is scheduled to follow Two and a Half Men on Monday nights.
The series follows an overweight cop who meets an overweight woman at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting and the two hit it off. I’m thinking from the premise, this series will be to overweight people what The Big Bang Theory is to geeks. If it has anything going for it off the bat, aside from what I’m guessing is a charmingly humorous approach (or attempt, anyway) to big people falling in love, it's Swoosie Kurtz. She’s fantastic in everything that I can think of (Pushing Daisies being one of the more recent shows that comes to mind). She’s set to play Molly’s skinny-and-knows-it mother, Joyce. I’m actually also happy to see Samantha Who’s Melissa McCarthy in a starring role.
Below is CBS' full description for the series, which is set to air on Monday nights this fall.
MIKE & MOLLY is a comedy from Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, and The Big Bang Theory) about a working class Chicago couple who find love at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Officer Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) is a good-hearted cop who sincerely wants to lose weight. Mike's partner, Officer Carl McMillan (Reno Wilson), is a thin, fast-talking wise-guy, who despite his teasing encourages Mike on his road to slimness and romance. While speaking at an O.A. meeting, Mike meets Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy), an instantly likeable fourth-grade teacher with a healthy sense of humor about her curves.
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