Kathy Bates

With Melissa McCarthy's Mike & Molly character now pursuing a career as an author, what better time to introduce a little Misery into her life? The CBS sitcom has booked Kathy Bates to play Molly's new pal, Kay McKinnon, in an upcoming episode. 

Bates, who costars with McCarthy in this summer's big-screen comedy Tammy, had first been approached to guest star on a November episode of the sitcom as a famous author, but was in New Orleans shooting American Horror Story: Coven and was unable to accept. The role instead went to Susan Sarandon, who also stars with the funny ladies in Tammy.

On the Golden Globes red carpet, Mike & Molly executive producer Chuck Lorre told me that Bates' character and Peggy Biggs (Rondi Reed) were best buds back during their high school days. But when Kay, now a well-traveled world photographer, comes for a visit, she immediately hits it off with Molly, leading Peggy to accuse Molly of stealing her best pal.  

Tammy is scheduled to hit theaters in July, and Mike & Molly airs Mondays at 9/8c on CBS.

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