FX’s ‘Mike & Molly’ Acquisition Cost How Much?
Yesterday, we were surprised (okay, not that surprised) to learn that FX had landed the rights to air repeat episodes of CBS comedy ‘Mike & Molly’ in late 2014, complimenting their existing ownership of CBS shows ‘Two and a Half Men‘ and ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ ‘Mike & Molly’ doesn’t exactly seem like FX’s usual fare, even for a sitcom, so why did network decide to move on it? And how much did it cost?
According to a new report from Deadline TV, the FX network’s acquisition of CBS suburban comedy ‘Mike & Molly’ came under somewhat unusual circumstances. FX initially had no interest in going after the comedy, saying “We were not in the bidding and had no intention to be, based on how crazy-high pricing on sitcoms has been lately. “ By comparison, CBS’ other offering ‘2 Broke Girls‘ recently sold to TBS for a cool $1.7 million per episode.
So, what changed their minds? Apparently, ‘Mike & Molly didn’t create enough interest in the bidding war as ’2 Broke Girls,’ causing Warner Bros. TV to drop their price all the way down to $750,000 an episode. Says the FX executive, “We felt that this was a very good show that was going to go for a reasonable price and could not resist the value proposition.”
What say you? Do you think ‘Mike & Molly’ is even worth the paltry $750,000 an episode that FX paid? What shows would you like to see make it to syndication? Sound off in the comments!