By James Hibberd
Updated May 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT
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CBS’ Mike & Molly is undergoing some behind-the-scenes changes.

Mark Roberts, the creator and showrunnner for the comedy’s first three seasons, is stepping down to focus on other projects. In his place, Al Higgins, currently co-executive producer, has been named executive producer and will serve as day-to-day showrunner of the comedy for its upcoming fourth season.

Though CBS ordered a full 22-episode season of the show starring Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell, the network notably opted to save the comedy for midseason. The benching helps CBS find room to launch four new sitcoms this fall: Mom, The Millers, The Crazy Ones and We Are Men.

“It’s a show that we love, and it puts us in a great place strategically when we talk about getting more originals, less repeats,” CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler said earlier this week. “It gives us a chance to bring a show in at midseason … that is a known asset, that people love.”

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