'Mike and Molly' creator Mark Roberts leaving show before Season 4

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"Mike & Molly" has been renewed for a Season 4, but the CBS comedy will return without its creator, Mark Roberts. Roberts, who worked as the sitcom's showrunner and executive producer for the first three seasons.

According to a report from Deadline, Roberts is leaving to focus on other projects. The original article quoted a Warner Bros. TV statement that said, " Al Higgins, currently co-executive producer of 'Mike & Molly,' has been named executive producer and will serve as day-to-day showrunner of the comedy for its upcoming fourth season."

There is no further word from the studio about why Roberts decided to leave now, but there has been speculation that the cast and crew of the show were not happy with the creator in charge.

Higgins has worked on the show since its premiere and will now serve as executive producer with Chuck Lorre. It is unlikely, however, that Lorre will have much to do with production. Already only somewhat involved in Season 3, Lorre will have four separate sitcoms on the air next year. "Mike & Molly" is probably not his priority.

Although lead actress Melissa McCarthy did win an Emmy award for her role, "Mike & Molly" hasn't been the most prominent CBS comedy this past year. For Season 4, the show will not return until midseason.

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