FX will add Warner Bros.' Mike & Molly to its off-net sitcom arsenal in fall 2014.
The show will join the channel's other off-net comedies -- Warner Bros.' Two and a Half Men, which starred Charlie Sheen, and Twentieth's How I Met Your Mother - as well as possibly the network's original comedy, Anger Management, which also stars Sheen and opened on June 28 to record ratings.
Deadline.com first reported this story, noting that the show went for a $750,000 an episode, far less than Warner Bros.' other show that recently sold to TBS, 2 Broke Girls, which went for a record-breaking $1.7 million per episode.
In 2006, Tribune paid a high price for three years of broadcast exclusivity for Men, which later was sold to FX for $800,000 an episode. Men ended up performing so well for Tribune that it set the standard for the so-called A-list sitcoms that followed it -- Big Bang Theory and Twentieth's Modern Family. In 2010, The Big Bang Theory was sold to TBS for a then record-breaking $1.5 million an episode. Fox also paid high cash license fees for that show, which is now the No. 1 show in syndication and on TBS. That year, Twentieth sold Modern Family, which had just finished its first season, to NBCUniversal's USA Network at similar pricing.