'Mike & Molly' Season 4 premiere: 'Molly Unleashed' and a show reconfigured

The opening minutes of "Mike & Molly's" season premiere Monday (Nov. 4) play almost like the beginning of a pilot episode. Which, in a sense, is what "Molly Unleashed" is, because the episode points the show in a somewhat different direction for the future.CBS has been promoting the show as "the new 'Mike & Molly'" ever since the network announced its return a few weeks ago (it had initially been scheduled for midseason). While part of that may be (as Alan Sepinwall points out) an attempt to bring fans of Melissa McCarthy's movie work to the show, the series is staking out new territory for Molly and for her and Mike's relationship. Those opening scenes, where Molly channels years of regret about her career into an ill-considered jump from her classroom window and a long walk in the rain ("I've got a baptism thing going here"), can play either as a continuation of Molly's story,...



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