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Posted Thursday 2/22/18 at 2:24PM EST
The Middle's final script is complete
Co-creator DeAnn Heline posted a pic last night of the final script with the words "END OF SHOW/END OF SEASON END OF SERIES."
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 11/14/17 at 10:11PM EST
The Middle’s Eden Sher wishes the show would at least acknowledge real-world politics
“We’re in a unique position of being this one show that really appeals to everyone regardless of your political beliefs,” says Sher. “I think it would’ve been good, at least in a subtle way, to hint at some kind of political change. A way to make some kind of statement of, ‘We don’t think this. We don’t think that.’ A simple way to get through to people.” But she adds that The Middle “exists in its own world and you can’t look at it as a reflection on the actual issues that are happening…I have to accept that The Middle is a different beast.”
Posted Friday 11/03/17 at 6:18PM EDT
The Middle’s final season expanded by two episodes
The ABC comedy will get to say goodbye over 24 episodes instead of 22 this season.
Posted Tuesday 10/03/17 at 11:32PM EDT
Five reasons why The Middle is underrated
As the ABC comedy begins its ninth and final season, Devon Ivie argues that the its simple, but effective humor hasn’t been given its due. “There’s something pleasantly refreshing about a five-member family that maintains a strong sense of humor despite the forces of the world constantly wreaking havoc on their financial and mental stability,” says Ivie.
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.”