“Mike & Molly” ends their third season with a huge finale and sets up Season 4. LA Sitcom Examiner caught up with Mike’s alter ego, Billy Gardell, to get a mini preview of the night. Check out our interview below.
Phyllis: “Mike & Molly” was renewed again for another season. CBS was fortunate enough to renew a majority of their current lineup. What do you think is the secret to the network’s success?
Billy Gardell: CBS is the “honor guard” when it comes to television. I’m very fortunate to be in the Chuck Lorre camp. He is a big proponent of story and characters. You look at the track record, you put a lot of other shows on paper and most people would go “How would that work?” because we’re not a group of beautiful people sitting around drinking wine every Friday with everything working out. We’re a dysfunctional family and across the street you’ve got 4 nerds who are now rock stars [in "The Big Bang Theory.”] Chuck has a way of finding that human connection in those people and I think that’s way those shows sell.
Phyllis: What can you tell us about the season finale?
Billy Gardell: At the end of this season, Molly (Melissa McCarthy) is going through a bit of a mid-life crisis which I think is a stroke of genius cause it got her out of the classroom and into the world and we can all react to that wonderful physical comedy. The more trouble she gets into the more Mike has to worry. There’s a real nice “I Love Lucy” thing going on. At the beginning of the show it was kind of “The Honeymooners” and now it’s more in tune to “I Love Lucy.” I love that we have the nod to the traditional sitcoms.
Phyllis: You have a great partner in Melissa, but you also have a great partner in Reno [Wilson] who portrays Carl.
Billy Gardell: That’s my brother from another mother right there. I love that man. And hey, if you’re reading this “You’re Stupid”… we call each other stupid. I love that man, I love his family. I cannot explain to you how positive a force that guy is in somebody’s life. That’s a guy that the glass is always half full with him. He’s one of those people that when you see him, you feel better.
Phyllis: What are you doing on your time off from the show?
Billy Gardell: I did a little movie in Louisiana that I just got back from. It’s a family movie with me and a German Shepherd solving a crime. It’s called “Dancer and the Dame” or as my Dad calls it “Billy and Hooch.” I’m going to tour, to do a little stand up and then head back to “Mike & Molly” in July.
Catch the season finale of “Mike & Molly” tonight, Monday, May 19th at 9:00 p.m. E.T. on CBS.
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