During the summer press tour "Mike and Molly" (CBS, 9:30 tonight) executive producer Chuck Lorre (also creator of "Two and a Half Men") insisted the show wasn't all fat jokes. The show, he said, was about the beginning of a relationship with people who just happen to be fat.
I can't say he lied; the first episode is perhaps 80 percent fat jokes, with the rest of the material featuring stereotypes about Africans, random crudeness, and some sweet moments. Maybe the percent changes in later episodes.
But the first episode of "Mike and Molly" made me sad. That's mostly because the two leads are actually quite good. Billy Gardell ("My Name Is Earl") is Mike and Melissa McCarthy ("Gilmore Girls") is Molly; both are completely likable and have a nice chemistry.