SO NEW: THE MIDDLE
Late NIghts this Fall
Two-time Emmy® winner Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) stars in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Created and executive produced by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, THE MIDDLE also stars Neil Flynn (Scrubs, Mean Girls), Charlie McDermott (The Office, Frozen River), Eden Sher (Sons & Daughters, Weeds) and Atticus Shaffer (Hancock, The Class). From Warner Bros. Television, the series airs five times a week in syndication this fall on FOX 50.
Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country, FRANKIE HECK (Heaton), a harried wife and working mother of three uses her wry wit and sense of humor to try to get her family through each day intact. Her work life’s no easier, as she struggles day to day as the least successful saleswoman in Orson, Indiana’s only surviving car dealer. But an unexpected turn of events at work could force her to reevaluate her career. Frankie’s unflappable husband, MIKE (Flynn), is a manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average – yes, most definitely average – family.
Between juggling shifts and picking up fast food dinners eaten in front of the TV, Frankie and Mike raise their kids with love and solid Midwestern practicality. AXL (McDermott), the oldest, is a high school senior and jock slacker who eats the family out of house and home and walks around in his underwear. But his lazy days may be numbered when Mike makes it his mission to ensure that Axl will somehow earn a sports scholarship and be able to attend college next year. Then there's SUE (Sher), their extraordinarily ordinary teen daughter who fails at just about everything she tries with great gusto. Now a sophomore in high school she continues to navigate the raging waters of school life, and, to Frankie and Mike’s horror, will even attempt to get her driver’s license. Finally, there’s BRICK (Shaffer), their quirky fifth-grader, who reads constantly, whispers to himself and unapologetically marches to the beat of his own drummer.
Through all the madness, however, shines a loving family – and together, the Hecks are putting THE MIDDLE on the map.
THE MIDDLE is created and executive produced by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline (Murphy Brown, How I Met Your Mother, Lipstick Jungle). Produced by Blackie and Blondie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, the ABC comedy series is distributed internationally by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.
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