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Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 5:47PM EDT
The Middle will cap off nine seasons tonight with a "satisfying" series finale
“The finale really is a very satisfying ending for people who’ve loved the show for all these years. We’re not going to cut to black at the end like The Sopranos," says co-creator Eileen Heisler with a laugh. The Middle premiered one week after Modern Family in 2009, and has always stood in the shadow of its fellow ABC sitcom. “We were always riding their wind,” says Heisler. “Not being as splashy as Modern Family just became part of our narrative. We’re like the kid who is staying up late and the parents don’t know they’re up.” ALSO: Patricia Heaton: ABC wanted to continue The Middle, but we felt nine seasons was enough.
Posted Sunday 1/07/18 at 3:33AM EST
Coach star Jerry Van Dyke dies at 86
Van Dyke emerged from his older brother Dick Van Dyke’s shadow to earn four Emmy nominations for his role on the long-running ABC sitcom Coach. “Everybody talks about me making a comeback,” he told Entertainment Tonight in 1990, one year after Coach premiered. “I say: ‘Comeback from what? This is as good as it’s ever been.’” Van Dyke also played his brother’s brother on a two-part episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show. In recent years, Van Dyke appeared on eight episodes of The Middle, playing the father of Patricia Heaton’s character. “I am incredibly sad to hear of Jerry’s passing,” said Coach star Craig T. Nelson. “He was such a brilliant comedian and we had a great time working together on Coach. It is just devastating news.” Heaton tweeted: “Jerry, you were hilarious and terrifically talented - what an honor to be able to watch up close as you and your brother create your special magic.” And The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss noted that he had “the pleasure of working with him on my very first TV show back in ‘93. What a kind man…”
Posted Tuesday 12/05/17 at 9:36PM EST
The Middle hits 200 episodes
“We’ve just been the little engine that could,” Patricia Heaton says on the occasion of tonight’s milestone. “We just kept chugging along, and then they started using us to launch new shows, and it became this great thing.” ALSO: Revisiting The Middle’s pilot.
Posted Tuesday 9/19/17 at 11:03PM EDT
Patricia Heaton: There’s been talk of The Middle returning as holiday specials
“I mean that would be kind of an ideal way to give fans a little something,” she say. “There’s been a little bit of talk about it, but I don’t know how serious it is. There’s a possibility of doing Heck holiday specials or something, which would be a lot of fun. We’ll see if that ever happens.”