“These decisions are really challenging,” CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller said at TCA. “I have tremendous respect for (executive producers) Chuck Lorre, Al Higgins, (stars) Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell and the entire cast.”
Mike & Molly, from Warner Bros. TV, received an early Season 6 renewal in March. But after the sitcom did not land a spot on the fall schedule for a third consecutive year, its 22-episode order was reduced to 13 episodes. I hear producing studio Warner Bros TV early this season approached CBS about possibly increasing the episode order and renewal plans for next season.
When a new broadcast series is picked up, that typically comes with a six-year license fee deal between the network and the producing studio and matching six-year pacts between the studio and the cast. When the six seasons are over, the network has to negotiate a new license agreement with the studio, and, based on that, the studio negotiates new contracts with the actors.
I hear CBS declined to discuss either issue when approached by WBTV and has chosen not to engage in any communication with the studio regarding the future of the show. In light of the impasse, Mike & Molly executive producer Chuck Lorre reportedly informed the cast recently that this likely is the end of the show, leading to posts on social media by cast members Rondi Reed, Gardell and McCarthy that Mike & Molly has been canceled.
Mike & Molly, like POI, which also is facing cancelation, comes from an outside studio, WBTV. Asked about the importance of program ownership, Geller said, “no question it matters, it does make a difference,” adding that “in neither case it has come into play.”