'Mike & Molly' not 'show about weight'
Published Sep 20 2010, 15:17 BST | By Catriona Wightman Mike & Molly
creator Chuck Lorre
has insisted that the sitcom is not about weight.
The show focuses on a couple, played by Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell, who fall for each other after meeting at Overeaters Anonymous.
"This isn't a show about weight," Lorre told Fancast
. "It's a show about people trying to make their lives better and find someone they can have a committed relationship with."
He added: "It may be odd for television, but hopefully it's reflective of some kind of reality."
Meanwhile, Gardell admitted that he is pleased he has landed the lead role on the series, saying: "When you're a fat guy in Hollywood, you're the bad guy, the cop, or the neighbour. That's what you're doing... So to be at this weight and this age in Hollywood, and to be one of the leads of a show of this calibre, with this team, [I'm] absolutely humbled. It's like I got the Willy Wonka ticket, you know?"
Gardell also suggested that people will be able to relate to the show.
He explained: "The great thing about this love story is [that] this is a show people can look at and go, 'You know what? I'm like that' or, 'I look better than that', instead of looking at the show and going, 'God, I'm never going to look like that'."Mike & Molly
premieres tonight at 9.30/8.30c on CBS in the US and on Monday, October 4 at 9.30pm in the UK.