FX Acquires 'Mike & Molly' in Syndication
FX won the cable rights to air CBS's "Mike & Molly" in syndication starting in 2014, after Warner Bros. made a rather unorthodox move shopping the comedy after just two seasons. "Mike & Molly" joins FX with another Warner Bros. sitcom that airs in first run on CBS, "Two and a Half Men," which is the bedrock of FX's current schedule and was used to help launch Charlie Sheen's latest series, "Anger Management," as well as new seasons of other series such as and "Louie" and "Wilfred."
"Mike & Molly," like "Two and a Half Men," is also a Chuck Lorre production. Warner Bros. decided to sell the syndication rights to both "Mike & Molly" and "2 Broke Girls" earlier than usual, with studios traditionally waiting until the 100th-episode mark. "Modern Family" was the first series to be sold into syndication after its freshman season.
TBS acquired the off-network rights to "2 Broke Girls" in June, which will begin airing on the network in 2015. FX hit a ratings home run with "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen in "Anger Management," which premiered last week to 5.5 million viewers in first half-hour episode and 5.7 million in the second, making it the most-watched series premiere in the network's history.