The ‘Mike & Molly’ cast reflected on the show ending after a six-year run at the James Burrows special on Feb. 21. Star Billy Gardell admits the cast tears up thinking about filming their final episodes.
It came as a shock to everyone when it was announced that Mike & Molly would be ending after six seasons. The cast, including Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy, attended the James Burrows special on Feb. 21, and Billy had a few words to say on behalf of the cast. It’s clear this cast is more than just a cast — they’re family.
“We’re just trying to get through it,” Billy said when asked by Jane Lynch what it’s been like filming the final episodes of the show. “We have that same sense of family.”
He revealed that cast gets “teared up” experiencing these last moments on the Mike & Molly set. “We’re just kind of huddling together,” Billy added during the show’s segment on Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows.
James has directed a total of 49 Mike & Molly episodes. He has been an essential player to the show’s success.
Mike & Molly fans were shocked to learn in Dec. 2015 that the current season would be its last. Rondi Reed, who plays Mike’s mother, Peggy, revealed the heartbreaking news.
“Before you hear it elsewhere (and some already have) this is the Final and 6th Season of MIKE & MOLLY on CBS,” Rondi, 63, wrote on her Facebook page. “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 January 27th 2016 and I am not sure exactly when/if the episodes will all be aired.”
Melissa was just as devastated as the rest of the Mike & Molly fans. “I was shocked and heartbroken when @CBS canceled #MikeAndMolly,” Melissa wrote on Twitter when the news broke. “I would have shot this show for 50 more years. I’ll miss my 2nd family.”
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