PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The series finale of “Mike & Molly” aired tonight on CBS.
The show made a star out of Swissvale native Billy Gardell, but now that the show’s over, he’s decided to take a dramatic turn.READ MORE: High School Spring Sports Kick Off After Being Canceled Last Year During Pandemic's Start
Gardell is currently filming the mini-series “Million Dollar Quartet,” about the beginnings of the music industry’s famous Sun Studios.
He’s playing Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, who was known for being a bit of a ruthless con man.READ MORE: Pittsburgh-Area Caregivers Asking Lawmakers To Increase Minimum Wage End 48-Hour Fast
Gardell told the Uniontown Herald-Standard that the role is the exact next step he wanted to take.
He told them: “I wanted to look for a dramatic role because I think going for another sitcom, after you’ve been on a hit sitcom for six years, the audience kind of knows you as that person, and I think going to another sitcom is really a tough thing to do. And I think you can come back to that later, but I think you have to make a different kind of turn.”
Gardell is still doing stand-up though.MORE NEWS: Westmoreland County Leaders Say They're Getting Less Vaccine Than Smaller Counties
In fact, this weekend you can catch him at the Monroeville Convention Center.