DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
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.