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Will The Middle still be able to bring in solid ratings now that Wednesday nights are getting even more competitive? Stay tuned to find out if we'll be able to continue watching The Heck family's story.
The fourth season of The Middle typically airs Wednesday nights at 8pm on the ABC network. Once again, the cast includes Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer, and Chris Kattan.
Below are the TV show's ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if The Middle is going to be cancelled or renewed for a fifth season.
These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:
Episode 04-22: Wednesday, 05/15/13
1.9 in the demo (+6% change) with 6.76 million (-1% change).
Season averages: »
Starring on a TV show certainly has its perks, but real-life pregnancy presents a huge challenge for actors.
Katie Couric featured four famous TV moms on her show Friday, including Phylicia Rashād, from "The Cosby Show," Florence Henderson from "The Brady Bunch," Cheryl Hines from "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and Patricia Heaton from "Everybody Loves Raymond."
The ladies discussed how they would hide their real life pregnancies for show purposes.
They said they would hide behind refrigerator doors, raised kitchen counters and couches. Talk about a rough pregnancy!
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- Leigh Weingus
London - The BBC's flagship channel BBC One has ordered a pilot for a U.K. remake of Everybody Loves Raymond, starring comedian Lee Mack and Catherine Tate (The Office). The BBC announced that the pilot, entitled The Smiths, will be set in Cheshire, England, but also feature a man who lives opposite his overbearing family. Mack himself will write it and portray the protagonist, with Tate taking on Patricia Heaton's role in the original. Story: Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Walken Cast in BBC TV Movies Raymond was a sitcom hit in the U.S. and elsewhere for nine seasons, starring
- Georg Szalai
Everybody Loves Raymond has already been adapted for foreign audiences including in Russia, where the process was the subject of 2010 documentary Exporting Raymond. Now, the BBC has confirmed that a pilot for a UK remake will be shot for BBC One later this month. British comic actor-writer Lee Mack is penning the pilot for The Smiths and will star alongside The Office‘s Catherine Tate. Just as Ray Romano did on the Emmy-winning CBS sitcom that ran from 1996-2005, Mack will play a successful sportswriter whose overbearing parents and older brother live next door, but the action will move from Long Island to the English county of Cheshire. Tate plays Mack’s wife in a role originated by Patricia Heaton, and further cast is to be confirmed. Mack’s currently starring in, writing and exec producing the sixth season of BBC sitcom Not Going Out. Tate, who started on NBC »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
The comedy pair will appear in a BBC pilot based around the popular CBS sitcom.
The Smiths will be set in Cheshire and will follow a successful sports writer (Mack) who lives with his wife (Tate) across the road from his controlling parents and older brother, reports BBC News.
A pilot episode will be filmed in front of a live audience on May 28.
Chicago – “The Guilt Trip” is hideously uninspired dreck of the most shameful variety. It casts two major yet mismatched talents and refuses to utilize their distinctive gifts for the entirety of its running time. All they’re required to do is sleepwalk through a plot so uninspired that audiences will have no problem predicting its path with their eyes closed and their ears covered.
Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen certainly rank as one of the least convincing mother-son duos in movie history. There wasn’t a single instant in which I believed that this unlikely pair were related in any way, apart from sharing the same frame. Rogen does a nice job of portraying the squirmy straightman, but Streisand is such a cartoonish caricature of smothering mother love that she appears to have been spawned directly from a petri dish of clichés. She’s as believable a mother as Patricia Heaton is a Midwesterner. »
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Frankie Heck has finished her training to be a dental hygienist on "The Middle." So, good news, right?
Not so fast. In Wednesday's (April 10) episode, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) discovers that having the training isn't enough to land a job. She has to sell herself as well, and she asks the kids for some help.
It does not go well, as you can see in this exclusive clip from the episode. Axl (Charlie McDermott), Sue (Eden Sher) and Brick (Atticus Shaffer) offer up words like "angry" and "tired" to describe their mom, and Mike (Neil Flynn) is no help either when he tries to put a stop to things. It's a very funny scene, but also -- ouch.
(Oh, and in case you're wondering what Brick is up to at the start of the clip, he joins a scout troop and is attempting to figure out how a sleeping bag works. »
Jack is back! 30 Rock fan favorite Jack McBrayer returns to our TVs (Oh, how we missed you, Kenneth!) on ABC's hit sitcom The Middle next Wednesday and we've got your exclusive sneak peek at his debut! McBrayer plays Dr. Ted Goodwin, a goofy dentist who hires Frankie (Patricia Heaton) as his hygienist and we've got your first look at their "messy" first meeting! The Middle airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. on ABC. »
Jim Beaver has been all over our TV screens lately, and we're loving it. Following his surprise return to "Supernatural" this week and his critically-lauded arc on Season 4 of "Justified," the beloved character actor is visiting ABC's "The Middle" on April 10.
Beaver will play Brick's (Atticus Shaffer) "not-so-trustworthy" Scout Master Mr. Stokes, who apparently has a fairly relaxed policy about letting his charges play with knives and axes.
In The Huffington Post's exclusive clip above -- which has echoes of Beaver's fan-favorite "Supernatural" character, Bobby Singer -- Mr. Stokes proves reluctant to divulge the "classified" location of the group's expedition into the woods, much to Mike's (Neil Flynn) chagrin.
As if Beaver's appearance wasn't enough casting candy, "30 Rock's" Jack McBrayer also makes an appearance in the episode, playing Dr. Goodwin, a potential employer for matriarch Frankie (Patricia Heaton).
Check out the official description for the April 10th episode of "The Middle" below. »
- The Huffington Post
The award-winning Us sitcoms are both back on screens on Friday, March 29.
16-times Emmy winner Modern Family will continue with the second half of the fourth season in the 8pm slot. Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sofía Vergara, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and co will be back with the Dunphys and Pritchetts for more comedy antics.
The first episode back, 'New Year's Eve', will feature the family getting together to celebrate the New Year at a hotel in Palm Springs. The episode features a cameo from Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams.
The Middle will air in the 7.30pm slot and will pick up with the second half of season four. »
Erstwhile Goodbye Girl Marsha Mason has landed a co-starring role in TNT’s untitled bounty hunter drama, TVLine has learned.
The four-time Oscar nominee will play the strong and independent mother of Geena Davis’ unconventional bail bondswoman.
No fan of retirement, Mason’s matriarch likes to get in on the action by teaming up with her daughter on jobs.
Mason currently recurs on ABC’s The Middle as Patricia Heaton’s mom.
- Michael Ausiello
By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist
Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip!
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• Welcome to the 21st century, Nielsen! The company says that beginning in the fall, it will begin taking into account online streaming when computing ratings.
• Best news of the week: Kristen Wiig and Seth Rogen are set to appear in the new season of Netflix’s Arrested Development. It’s rumored that Wiig will play a younger version of Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter).
- Rachel Bennett
ABC's The Middle has made the sagacious move of bringing a new 30 Rock graduate, Jack McBrayer, aboard. He'll play a "boyish and disheveled" dentist who hires Patricia Heaton's Frankie Heck as a hygienist. McBrayer is reportedly being eyed for more than one episode. It's a good start. Next step: McBrayer being eyed for more than one episode on all the good comedies on TV. »
- Zach Dionne
Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn star in the ABC comedy The Middle, and we sat down with them at a recent press event in La to get the scoop on season four, and the less glamorous jobs they held prior to the show. They also filled us in on what's to come for the Heck family and joked about why the writers have it easy. Find out more from the funny duo in our interview. The Middle airs Wednesdays at 8/7 C. »
- Michelle Manning
Jodie Foster delivered a compelling speech at the 70th Golden Globe Awards that had the A-List audience in tears.
While not explicitly stating she is gay, the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award winner came out for the first time, publicly acknowledged her former romantic partner and co-parent, Cydney Bernard.
Back in the press room, Foster told reporters, "The speech kind of speaks for itself. It's a big, long career, and it's not just a career; it's friendships and relationships ... I feel like I am graduating from something ... And it's a big moment, and I wanted to say, you know, what's most in my heart."
The internet was immediately buzzing in response to Jodie's speech, which you can watch here if you missed it. Many celebrities, some whom were right there in the room for the speech, joined fans at home in tweeting their reactions. Here are a few of »
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage. Modern Family is such a hit for ABC that entertainment president Paul Lee just referred to it as simply “Modern” during a morning TCA panel. Everyone on the planet would know what show he meant. But if ratings are any indication, the TV viewership is not on such a first-name basis with another ABC Wednesday night comedy, The Middle. At today’s late afternoon panel on the show, executive producers DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler joked that they were going to go to a bar and have a drink for every time a TV critic calls the show “underrated.” Related: ‘Body Of Proof’ Producers On Season 3 Changes: TCA Still, the producers and cast members who attended the panel (Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer, Neil Flynn and Patricia Heaton), said they are pretty satisfied with the show’s 8 Pm time slot and the »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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