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Posted Wednesday 11/21/18 at 6:26PM EST
ABC opts not to order The Middle's Sue Heck spinoff
The Sue Sue In the City spinoff revolving around Eden Sher's character was ordered to pilot in August. While ABC has decided not to pick it up, Deadline reports it will be shopped to other networks.
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 7:53PM EDT
The Middle spinoff taps Chris Diamantopoulos as Sue Heck's boss
The Silicon Valley vet will co-star on the untitled spinoff that is no longer being called Sue Sue in the City. He'll play the “mercurial, charming and rich” owner of hotel Eden Sher's character works at.
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 4:00PM EDT
The Middle spinoff casts SNL alum Finesse Mitchell
Two days after landing his first standup special on Showtime, Mitchell has found another gig. According to TVLine, the 2003-06 Saturday Night Live cast member Mitchell is boarding The Middle spinoff as "a bartender with a big heart who works at the same hotel" as Sue Heck.
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 6:10PM EDT
The Middle's Sue Heck spinoff will find her working in a hotel
The spinoff, titled Sue Sue in the City, has added New Zealand-born actress Kimberley Crossman to its cast as a chef and Sue's hotel co-worker.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 1:42PM EDT
The Middle spinoff adds Sue Heck's best friend and reveals its title: Sue Sue in the City
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Eden Sher's Sue Heck spinoff will have two "Sues" in the title because she was born "Sue Sue." Additionally, Sue's best friend Brad Bottig, played by Brock Ciarlelli, will join her on the spinoff. Ciarlelli appeared in 56 episodes of The Middle, or a little more than a quarter of its 215 episodes. His character came out as gay midway through the show's run. The spinoff will focus on Sue's ups and downs as she leaves Orson, Indiana for young adulthood and a career in Chicago.
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
The Middle's Eden Sher to visit Superstore
Sher, who is filming a spinoff pilot of The Middle, will guest on the NBC comedy as a potential employee.
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 5:47PM EDT
The Middle alum Atticus Shaffer admits he was "hurt" by plans for a Sue Heck-centered spinoff
Source: Digital Spy
In a candid Facebook post, Shaffer said he was "really hurt" that he wasn't informed about the spinoff, learning about it through "publicity." Shaffer quoted co-creator Eileen Heisler as saying that in the media that Sue Heck was the best of the three kids for a spinoff. "It didn't hurt that Eden (Sher) got the spin-off from the show. Good for her. It does happen in this business," he wrote. "But, no one spoke and then a statement that basically says that Eden was the better of the three kids...that hurt."
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 9:39PM EDT
ABC officially orders The Middle spinoff pilot starring Eden Sher
ABC has given a pilot production commitment to the single-camera spinoff that finds Sue Heck leaving small-town Indiana for young adulthood in the big city of Chicago. The Middle creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline are writing the pilot.
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Eden Sher: We're shooting The Middle spinoff pilot
ABC is apparently moving forward with a spinoff of The Middle revolving around Sher's Sue Heck, plans of which were first revealed in May. "We are shooting a pilot," Sher tells TVLine. "I hope it gets picked up. I think it’s going to be great.” ABC hasn't confirmed news of the pilot. The Middle ended its nine-season run in May with a flash-forward of Sue's post-college life married to neighbor Sean. TVLine speculates that The Middle spinoff, should it be picked up to series, could air after Roseanne spinoff The Conners.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
The Middle may get an ABC spinoff starring Eden Sher
Sher's Sue Heck character could star in a potential spinoff from The Middle creators. According to Deadline, "The concept for the series is still being honed in, with a couple of other writers from the original series expected to join Heline and Heisler. The project is still in development, with a pilot possibly filming in late October. If picked up to series right away, that would put it in contention for a midseason 2019 launch. ABC also could opt to consider it with the rest of its 2019 pilots for the 2019-20 season."
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
The Middle's perfect series finale was rare for a TV show
Source: Paste Magazine
"Few shows have the chance to go out like The Middle—on their own terms with their ratings still strong, if not spectacular," says Amy Amatangelo. "As Sher said when I interviewed her, since The Middle was never a huge smash hit, the water-cooler show everyone was talking about, it never had the steep decline that befalls so many series. This season has seen the departure of both Scandal and New Girl, but a lot of the appreciations of those shows were about what they once meant to TV. Viewers returned to those series for one last hurrah." ALSO: The ending was absolutely perfect.
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Roseanne revival finishes its first season with its lowest-rated episode
About 10.3 million tuned in for last night's finale, down from the previous week's 10.7 million. Yet Roseanne was the top show of the night in the demo. The Middle's series finale, meanwhile, attracted 7.1 million viewers.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 10:30PM EDT
The Middle co-creator: We wanted to go out on top even though we never ran out of stories
"We had a whole board of stories we never got to," Eileen Heisler says of the series finale. "We felt it was a good time to end because we were all still loving it, loving each other, and enjoying ourselves. We never wanted to get to the point where we were retreading old stories, or anyone was feeling restless and wishing they were somewhere else. We wanted to go out while we’re still at the top — (the middle?) — of our game, and to have a year of knowing we were wrapping up so we could write to an ending. We feel very grateful we’ve gotten to do that, and hope we are leaving fans wanting more." ALSO: The Middle was given a dignified send-off.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 5:47PM EDT
The Middle will cap off nine seasons tonight with a "satisfying" series finale
Source: New York Post
“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 Wednesday 5/09/18 at 1:30PM EDT
With NBC's Abby's pickup, Neil Flynn extends his series regular streak to 17 seasons
Flynn's streak extends from Scrubs to The Middle to the new NBC comedy starring Natalie Morales.