"Before you hear it elsewhere (and some already have) this is the final and sixth season of Mike & Molly on CBS," co-star Rondi Reed announced Sunday in a lengthy Facebook post. "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 Jan. 27, 2016, and I am not sure exactly when/if the episodes will all be aired. The network has its 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) six seasons. Stewart Talent has guided me every step of the way on this journey and for that I am also forever grateful."
The news comes as Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy was in her final contract year for the romantic comedy co-starring Billy Gardell. The comedy, in the recent past, had shifted from a fall launch to become a dependable midseason bench player. The series will return for its sixth season Jan. 6 as part of CBS' new Wednesday comedy block with fellow WBTV comedy 2 Broke Girls and run for seven weeks. It's unclear when its remaining episodes will run. Season six marks the first time the multicamera series has received anything but a 22-episode order.
For producer Lorre, the end of Mike & Molly will leave the prolific showrunner with two shows on the air: CBS'Mom and The Big Bang Theory, TV's No. 1 comedy among adults 18-49. The network said farewell to Lorre's Two and a Half Men last season.CBS, for its part, has had a strong fall with all four of its freshman series earning full-season orders. The net has a crowded bench with rookie comedy Angel From Hell — produced in-house by CBS Television Studios — as well as WBTV remake Rush Hour, with the latter yet to be scheduled.