DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

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HOW’S Chuck Lorre – all his shows, Big Bang The­ory, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, are back-to-back tonight. None of them is much chop, not re­ally, but just get­ting three on in prime time, it’s pretty rare for one per­son.

I love that line from Roseanne Barr about Chuck Lorre in the big piece Van­ity Fair had on Char­lie Sheen in June. Lorre used to work for her on Roseanne, un­til she sacked him. She said Lorre made Sheen de­liver some of the worst jokes to ever come out of an ac­tor’s mouth, ‘‘ Thereby mak­ing in­gest­ing knock­out drugs a must’’.

It’s a shame, know­ing what we now know about Melissa Mc­Carthy, that she’s sad­dled with sac­cha­rine one-note Molly. Molly’s go­ing nowhere. Her re­la­tion­ship with Mike (Billy Gardell) can only go in one di­rec­tion. It has no choice. It’s been locked into this show’s de­ci­sion to make this about ‘‘ fat’’ peo­ple.

There’s no room for any other out­come, even though Molly is plainly light years be­yond Mike in ev­ery as­pect.

It’s re­ally start­ing to grind my gears, the way Mike is so damned grate­ful that Molly’s agreed to go out with him. Man up, dude.

You’ve had sex that in­volved vegetable oil, you’ve said the I love yous, and tonight you’re buy­ing her a calorific Valen­tine’s cake. You’re solid.

But Mike strikes trou­ble when he finds out he’s not Molly’s first boyfriend. Imag­ine. It’s a ter­ri­ble shock and he ac­ci­den­tally eats an en­tire cake. Mike is in such a state he even gets ad­vice from Carl’s grand­mother, an in­sult­ing stereo­type who should be writ­ten out of the show. But Molly has an AC/DC song on her iPod and maybe Mike can ser­e­nade her with that. Mike& Molly Chan­nel 9, 9pm

Grate­ful: Billy Gardell as Mike.

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