As expected, CBS has summoned veteran Mike & Molly to fill the hole left by Friday’s cancellation of sophomore comedy The Millers. Somewhat surprisingly, Mike & Molly will premiere its fifth season in just three weeks, on December 8, leaving little time for a meaningful promotional campaign and launching just as most series are going on a holiday hiatus. To help build awareness for Mike & Molly‘s return, CBS will air four back-to-back reruns of the show from 8-10 PM the previous Monday, December 1. The series starring Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell will begin airing in the Monday 8:30 PM slot the week after, leading into Scorpion.
CBS is not commenting on how the scheduling of Mike & Molly might impact the network’s existing plans for sophomore Mom. Under a fall swap, Mom traded places with The Millers, with Mom slated to return to the Monday 8:30 PM slot on January 5. It looks doubtful that CBS would launch Mike & Molly on Monday for a four-week run over the holidays and then take it off for Mom, so it looks like the Anna Faris-Allison Janney starrer might stick around on Thursdays for a little longer than originally expected.