Monday’s “Mike & Molly” Christmas episode was definitely the result of a team effort on the part of the CBS comedy’s cast and producers.
The show, which just premiered its fifth season earlier this month, hadn’t originally planned a holiday episode. But, after the network finalized the show’s air dates, everyone realized the show had an episode airing really close to Christmas. So, star Reno Wilson — who plays Mike’s (Billy Gardell) police partner, Carl — leaped into action, show representatives told TheWrap.
Wilson asked “Mike & Molly” showrunner Al Higgins if there was any way a Christmas episode would be possible. The team jumped on it and were able to crank out the episode in the nick of time.
Titled “Tis The Season To Be Molly,” the episode reveals that Molly (Melissa McCarthy) is a stickler for Christmas traditions and she wants everything to be perfect. Mike assures her he’ll be home in time for Christmas Eve dinner, but then he and Carl end up in the back of a stolen truck. Meanwhile, Molly is upset with Vince (Louis Mustillo) for trying to change the family’s Christmas traditions.
In TheWrap’s exclusive preview of the show’s last-minute Christmas episode, Molly shows just how Type-A she is about the holidays.
“Mike & Molly” airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.