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With so many television show on the air both on network and cable (and let’s not forget the growing number of online programs), it’s an impressive feat when any one of them can hit 100 episodes.
ABC’s The Middle may not get the attention and accolades of sitcoms such as Modern Family, but it’s been a solid ratings performer for the network, remaining consistently funny and relatable over the years.
Tonight’s episode marks the century mark for the series, so it was the perfect time to chat with star Patricia Heaton, who talked about why the series has endured this whole time and how the show has handled one big obstacle: children that grow up over the course of so may episodes. Read on for excerpts from our exclusive chat...
TV Fanatic: 100 episodes is a big deal. Does it feel like you’ve done a hundred episodes of the show already? »
- email@example.com (Jim Halterman)
Aw, heck. Is it really worth making a fuss over The Middle's 100-episode milestone? It hardly seems in character for a family like the Hecks of Orson, Indiana. When she's reminded that they volunteered to drive a giant cow float in Orson's centennial parade, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) whines, "This is what happens when we drink: We sign up for stupid committees. Or get Brick."
But as Orson itself expresses in a self-deprecating new town motto: "Why not?" This episode (Wednesday, 8/7c, ABC) truly is cause for celebration, as TV's most heartfelt and hilariously relatable family sitcom reflects on what brought Frankie and Mike (Neil Flynn) to Orson in the first place, while giving their lovably imperfect offspring a chance to shine in clever-to-wacky subplots. (Sue's attempt to make Darrin jealous by cozying up to her flamboyant Bff Brad is especially genius.)
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- Matt Roush
While cutting-edge shows grab all the attention, “The Middle” avoids sharp objects, instead celebrating the flaws, the mediocrity and the bad choices of its characters with a big dose of laughs.
The series, airing its 100th episode Oct. 23, is ABC’s stealth hit, logging increases in viewers and young adults so far this season and delivering solid ratings since 2009.
“You have to love the Heck family, warts and all,” says Peter Roth, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Television Group, which produces the sitcom. “They are one of the most three-dimensional and authentic families on television.”
“When we were developing it, there weren’t many family comedies on the air, and those that were on were really upscale,” says Heisler. “The show came from an »
- Carole Horst
It may have been celebration, but Eden Sher of “The Middle” got a little emotional with the rest of the cast as they celebrated their 100th episode Oct. 19 at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.
While talking about how much she loves her castmates, Sher couldn’t help but start crying while talking to reporters.
“Are you going to cry?” asked co-star Neil Flynn. “Why are you crying?”
“I don’t know!” she squealed.
Besides her emotions, Sher, who plays the ever optimistic Sue Heck, faced another obstacle: a large cast on her foot, which caused her to almost fall a few times.
“I feel like being injured is like being drunk all the time, because you’re constantly stumbling,” she laughed.
Her castmates were there for her, though, and the actors seemed like family on the red carpet. In fact, Flynn took it upon himself to fix the tie of his fictional son, »
- Alex Stedman
With all the great DVD/Blu-rays coming out lately, it looks like just about every genre is featured.
So let’s check out the top new releases that you should be picking up to watch for the first time or, in some cases, revisit!
Crime/Action: If you’re craving good guys and bad guys, check out the just-released Nikita Season 3 (starring Maggie Q and Shane West) or take a visit to New York City with the always-appealing Matt Bomer in USA’s White Collar Season 4.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Halterman)
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- Maggie Pehanick
While some shows get a lot of press and hype, The Middle has remained a quiet success for ABC. Last season, it was their fourth highest-rated scripted show. Will the ratings remain high or will they fall in season five? Could it be cancelled or is it guaranteed a sixth season, thanks to syndication profits? Stay tuned to find out.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh »
When it comes to blood lines ruling Fall TV, there’s one family that never seems to get any respect — The Hecks of ABC’s The Middle. (Pssst It’s the one about a middle class family that’s not Modern Family.)
Though the Hecks aren’t as glamorous as the Pritchetts, as bonkers as the Bluths, or as anguished as the Whites, The Middle is a workhorse of a sitcom — consistently funny, with a talented cast, and now in its fifth season.
Wednesday’s premiere centered on a familiar familial premise: sending your kid off to college. And its »
- Jennifer Arellano
Well TV fans, we're in the thick of it now. We're halfway through the official premiere week of the 2013 fall TV season, and Wednesday (Sept. 25) is chock full of the returns of some favorites and the launch at least one newbie hoping to become a favorite.
What follows is all the intel you need on tonight's premieres:
8 p.m. Et/Pt:
"Revolution" (Season 2 premiere, NBC): Rebounding from last season's finale, Miles (Billy Burke), Aaron (Zak Orth) and Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) find themselves in a small town in Texas where Rachel has an unexpected run-in with an important person from her past. Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) is on a mission in the Plains Nation, while Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) and Jason (Jd Pardo) search a refugee camp for a lost loved one. Meanwhile, Monroe (David Lyons) discovers a gritty role in his new environment.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") has broken a 12-year Emmy curse Sunday night to repeat as the Best Comedy Actress champ. The last person to win consecutive Emmys in this category was Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond," 2000 and 2001). Louis-Dreyfus also prevailed in 2006 for a different leading role on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and last year for playing the Vice President. Other than her, the category has been distinguished by a variety of winning ladies: Jennifer Aniston ("Friends," 2002), Debra Messing ("Will and Grace," 2003), Sarah Jessica Parker ("Sex and the City," 2004), Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives," 2005), America Ferrara ("Ugly Betty," 2007), Tina Fey ("30 Rock," 2008), Toni Collette ("United States of Tara," 2009), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie," 2010), and Melissa McCarthy ("Mike and Molly," 2011). She is also the »
The season premiere of "The Middle" will reveal that Axl (Charlie McDermott) has not managed to mess up his college scholarship over the summer. Possibly because he doesn't quite understand the concept of what a scholarship is.
In this clip from Wednesday's (Sept. 25) premiere -- which you can watch exclusively on Zap2it -- Frankie (Patricia Heaton) takes her eldest shopping for a few dorm-room essentials. Per usual, Axl is less than thrilled to be A) spending time with his mom and B) doing something that feels even remotely like a chore.
"I can just buy stuff when I get to school," Axl protests.
"With what?" Frankie wants to know.
"Uh, my scholarship money -- duh. Don't they give it to me in like an envelope or something when I get there?"
Chalk this up as the first thing Axl learns at college. "The Middle" premieres at 8 p.m. Et Wednesday on ABC. »
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Emmy's Best Comedy Actress according to experts polled by Gold Derby. See their rankings here. In looking at the chart above, Lena Dunham ("Girls") was the biggest threat to Louis-Dreyfus when nominations were announced on July 18. Over the past two months, however, that lead has completely evaporated. If Louis-Dreyfus does win again, she will be the first person since 2001 (Patricia Heaton, "Everybody Loves Raymond") to prevail twice for the same role in this category. She also took home the Emmy in 2006 for playing a different part in "The New Adventures of Old Christine." Currently, Louis-Dreyfus leads the experts' predictions with 2 to 13 odds over Tina Fey ("30 Rock") at 12 to 1. Dunham and Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") are tied in third place at 50 to 1. The last slot is tied between Laura Dern (&qu »
ABC Family will begin airing episodes of its mothership ABC’s hit family comedy The Middle starting Sept. 17. The show will air on ABC Family weekdays at 5pm Et/Pt. To kick off The Middle‘s arrival on ABC Family, a marathon of the sitcom will air on ABC Family Sept. 16 from 11am-7pm Et/Pt. The Middle revolves around frazzled mother Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton), her calming husband Mike (Neil Flynn) and their three crazy kids: oldest son Axl (Charlie McDermott), an underachiever; socially awkward middle daughter Sue (Eden Sher); and quirky youngest son Brick (Atticus Shaffer). The sitcom is told from [...]
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Can anyone beat Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Best Comedy Actress at the Primetime Emmys? She plays a blundering vice president on HBO's "Veep" and is the returning champion in the category. The Emmys usually love to honor actors multiple times, particularly in this race, which Candice Bergen won a record five times for "Murphy Brown" in the late 1980s and 1990s, after which Helen Hunt won four in a row for "Mad About You," but if Louis-Dreyfus prevails she will be the first woman since Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond") in 2000 and 2001 to win multiple times for the same role. But despite the recent trend against repeat winners, Louis-Dreyfus will easily prevail if our racetrack odds are any indication. She has overwhelming support, with 12 out of 13 experts, five out of eight editors, 15 out of our top 24 users, and 62% of all users predicting her to take a second consecutive victory lap. -Break- With the odds so stron. »
Here's the peacock network's press release:
NBC Orders Second Season For "Hollywood Game Night"
Jane Lynch Returns as Host
Universal City, Calif. - Aug. 20, 2013 - NBC has given a second-season, 10 episode-renewal to Thursday night alternative series "Hollywood Game Night." The game show, hosted by Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Lynch, is the brainchild of award-winning actor-producer Sean Hayes and is based on his real-life game nights. The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.
The Thursday night game show -- which allows two contestants each week to step beyond the velvet rope and rub shoulders with some of their favorite celebrities as they compete in a game night -- was created by Sean Hayes, who based the series on his real-life game nights.
"'Hollywood Game Night' allows the audience to take a seat on the couch next to their favorite celebrities and enjoy the pandemonium and exuberance of the colorful cast of celebrities in each episode," Paul Telegdy, NBC's President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, said in a press release. "Jane and her friends know how to throw a party and we're thrilled viewers have come to play too."
Season 1 celebrity contestants included Kristin Bell, »
You can count on more cats dressed as Blues Brothers, Lil’ Picassos and extreme close-ups of snack foods, because NBC has renewed Hollywood Game Night for a 10-episode second season.
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In picking up the star-studded series — which will return next summer or possibly sooner, per Deadline — NBC’s President of Alternative and Late Night Programming praised host Jane Lynch and the lineup of celebs who thus far have participated.
“Hollywood Game Night allows the audience to take a seat on the couch next to their favorite celebrities and »
- Vlada Gelman
NBC has ordered a second season of "Hollywood Game Night," which has delivered unremarkable-yet-steady ratings this summer. The 10-episode second season will presumably return next summer. Produced by Sean Hayes and hosted by Jane Lynch, the celebrity hobnobbing series featured appearances by the likes of Kristin Bell, Rose Byrne, Nick Cannon, Kristin Chenoweth, Minnie Driver, Patricia Heaton, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Amy Poehler, Martin Short and Jason Sudeikis. "'Hollywood Game Night' allows the audience to take a seat on the couch next to their favorite celebrities and enjoy the pandemonium and exuberance of the colorful cast of celebrities »
- Daniel Fienberg
It’s been 12 years since anyone has scored back-to-back Emmy wins for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. (*If you’re scratching your head wondering who, exactly, holds that honor, kindly scroll to the end of this post!)
The question, of course, is whether Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus can break the no-repeat streak and score her second straight statuette. (She also won in 2006 for The New Adventures of Old Christine, but did not have the same luck in four subsequent attempts.)
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Two other women this year are going for non-consecutive doubles in the Best »
- Michael Slezak
The race for Comedy Actress pits reigning champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) against four of her last year's nominees -- Lena Dunham (“Girls”), 2010 winner Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”), 2008 winner Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) and Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) -- as well as 2012 Golden Globe winner Laura Dern (“Enlightened”). Louis-Dreyfus is heavily favored to repeat in this race. If she prevails, she will become the first woman to win for the same role twice since Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) in 2001. While Louis-Dreyfus has won twice since, she triumphed in 2006 for “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” Her Emmy episode is titled "Running" and features her character -- the Vice President of the United States -- hopped up on meds after walking through a glass door. Emmy voters love seeing uptight characters like Selina Meyer let »
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