With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, with a rocky year last year, can How I Met Your Mother rebound, and Chuck Lorre do it again on CBS…
MIKE & MOLLY is a comedy from Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men,” and “The Big Bang Theory”) about a working class Chicago couple who find love at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Officer Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) is a good-hearted cop who sincerely wants to lose weight. Mike’s partner, Officer Carl McMillan (Reno Wilson), is a thin, fast-talking wise-guy, who despite his teasing encourages Mike on his road to slimness and romance. While speaking at an O.A. meeting, Mike meets Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy), an instantly likeable fourth-grade teacher with a healthy sense of humor about her curves. For Molly, focusing on smart choices isn’t easy because she lives with her sexy older sister, Victoria (Katy Mixon), and their mother, Joyce (Swoosie Kurtz), both of whom flaunt their healthy appetites and slender figures. Mike also faces temptation at the diner he and Carl frequent, where they’ve become friends with the Senegalese waiter, Samuel (Nyambi Nyambi), who finds trying to eat less a foreign concept. For Mike and Molly, thanks to their mutual love of pie and the desire to resist it, finding each other may have been worth the “weight.”
Who is the mother? Well, you will be revisiting that question in a big way, if you tune into the sixth season premiere of How I Met Your Mother on CBS this week, and for a viewer like me, that is one question I do care about getting an answer for. The fifth season of the comedy was easily its worst and it lost its vision but after seeing the premiere, I can say with certainly, this year is a big step up. Rachel Bilson returns as the Mother’s roommate, and offers more hints to the identity, as well as a wedding that certainly has a big importance in Ted’s life but to find the details you will just have to tune in on Monday, but CBS is also hopping to get some new eyes to another comedy.
Mike & Molly, is another Chuck Lorre creation, who made The Big Bang Theory and Two and Half Men, which has become the most popular on TV right now, but I doubt this will hit as big. The pilot starring the charming Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell, is just 22 minutes of fat-jokes that border on the annoying. The pilot is not without its dose of charm which certainly helped, plus the wonderful Swossie Kurtz, but if I can get more substance out of a simple love story than I don’t know if I will be able to check back in. Mike and Molly airs at 9:30/8:30c tomorrow on CBS, while Mother kicks of the night at 8/7c.