News is still breaking about the huge tornado that devastated the Oklahoma city of Moore, but one thing’s for sure ― it left a lot of damage in its wake.
One surprising item has been displaced by the twister, and that’s the season finale of CBS’ Melissa McCarthy sitcom Mike & Molly. In a display of terrible timing, the episode is all about a tornado descending on Chicago.
"Due to the tragic events this afternoon in Oklahoma, we are pre-empting tonight's season finale of Mike & Molly, which has a related storyline," said a statement from CBS released earlier today. "The season finale will be broadcast at an appropriate date."
In the episode, the twister serves as a catalyst for Mike and Molly to share some “important news” with each other. A tornadoless rerun will air tonight in place of the season finale.
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Mike & Molly joins many other shows that have been affected by unplanned ties to news events ― episodes of Castle and Hannibal were recently pulled because of the Boston bombings, while the Columbine massacre of 1999 occurred one week before a school shooting-related episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was scheduled to air, delaying it from April until September. Buffy’s season finale was also delayed that year out of sensitivity for Columbine and fear of similar attacks, debuting in July instead of May.
It likely won’t take quite that long for CBS to feel enough time has passed to air this season finale of Mike & Molly, but that may also depend on just how devastating the events turn out to be. The two-mile wide EF4 tornado caused massive damage in the Oklahoma City area earlier this afternoon, with news of at least one school destroyed and 37 deaths reported thus far.
Our sympathies go out to everyone in Oklahoma affected by this tragedy.