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There's good news in the Heck household for a change. ABC has ordered two more installments of The Middle for this season. That brings the total to 24 episodes for the sitcom.
The Middle is currently averaging a 2.7 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic and an average of 8.74 million total viewers. Episodes kick off the Wednesday night comedy block on ABC.
We understand that making predictions about Golden Globes nominations is something of a fool's errand. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association isn't the most predictable voting body.
But we think we might have a handle on who will score nominations in the TV categories this year: a lot of the people and shows who were nominated last year. As much as the HFPA likes to honor new shows (a la "Glee" and "Modern Family" last year), there just aren't a ton of award-worthy new series on TV this season. Thus it feels like a lot of the shows and performers up for awards last year will hear their names again at Tuesday's (Dec. 14) nominations press conference.
We're betting that of the 10 series up for best comedy and drama, at least half will be shows that were nominated last year. The same could go for the lead acting categories in comedy and »
While we've grown accustomed to thinking that Everybody Loves Raymond is based on the life of series star Ray Romano, there's a lot of series creator Philip Rosenthal in there too. While Romano is now taking a more dramatic turn in Men of a Certain Age, Rosenthal is revisiting Raymond with a documentary.
Everybody Loves Raymond first premiered on CBS in 1996 and aired in primetime for nine seasons. Along with Romano, the sitcom also stars Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, and Brad Garrett. They play family members who love each other with everything they have, even if they never want to admit to it.
Although everyone else connected with Raymond seems to have moved on, Rosenthal is still exploring and he's produced a documentary called Exporting Raymond. It centers around his journey overseas to get a Russian version of Raymond, »
This is Ice-t’s IV league educated girlfriend who goes by the name of Coco. She is famous because she has a gigantic ass — an ass that has 5,800 dedicated pages on Google — and giant breasts. Still up for debate? Her nipples. Where are they? We might see the hint of an areola on the left, but how confusing: It’s in roughly the same location as Aretha Franklin’s. Speaking of Aretha Franklin’s low-lying plum-nips, at least we’re fairly certain she has them. Coco… we’re not so sure. Much like Patricia Heaton’s belly-button, we prefer this to remain a mystery for as long breasted as humanly possible. [Photo: WENN Images] »
- Michelle Collins
If there’s one thing the world will apparently never tire of, it’s policing young women’s sexuality. Be cute, but not like that. It’s okay to be sexy, but only in the ways that I think are decent. I can’t consider context, because I’m too distracted by your breasts. Congratulations, Dianna Agron and Lea Michele, you’re the lucky winners of this week’s global tsk-tsking. It’s okay to wear schoolgirl outfits, talk dirty sometimes, and be sexually aggressive, but only if you do it as a character on a TV show. If you do it in a magazine, »
- Margaret Lyons
The "Everybody Loves Raymond" alum tells Zap2it she considers her Wednesday family sitcom, now in its second season on ABC, "sort of The Little Engine That Could. When we premiered, 'Hank' (with Kelsey Grammer, Heaton's earlier 'Back to You' co-star) was our lead-in and did not do well, so we were kind of starting alone there."
Heaton recalls "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" -- also newcomers to ABC's Wednesday schedule then -- "were getting a ton of press, and we were kind of chugging along on our own. Fortunately, critics did such a great job of trumpeting our show, we were able to get a pretty decent audience even without a strong lead-in.
"This year, we're the lead-in [to the whole Wednesday lineup] -- and we've not only brought back the viewers we had last year, we gained viewers from repeats over the summer, »
Barbara Walters doesn't really care. Babs took the laissez-faire position on the photos of "Glee" stars Lea Michele and Dianna Agron, about which the Parents Television Council has raised a ferocious stink. Walters notes that Agron and Michele are both in their mid-20s and that no one forced them into their provocative poses. "I just can't get that passionate about it," she says.
And, over the objections of her co-hosts who worry that younger kids will be scarred by the photos, Walters says (hilariously, to our ears) that if a kid is resourceful enough to get his hands on the magazine, "it's probably not the first" racy picture he's seen.
New York -- CBS is launching panel talk show "The Talk," the first new network daytime talk show in a while, with some high-powered guests.
During their premiere week, "Talk" hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur will welcome model Christie Brinkley on Monday, Jennifer Lopez on Tuesday, Melissa Rycroft and former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford on Wednesday, actress Chandra Wilson on Thursday and Jamie Lee Curtis, Rick Fox and professional dancer Cheryl Burke on Friday.
ABC's "The View" is a natural comparison that people cite, though spokespeople for both shows don't like the analogy. "We're not really competing against them for ratings or guests," a CBS official said.
Appearances by Stephen Colbert, »
- By Georg Szalai
Those of us still looking for an alternative to the late lamented Malcolm in the Middle could do worse than... The Middle. It doesn't provide it's fine cast with quite the same A list level of manic situations, dialogue and lifes lessons but it is consistently funny. Let's face it Patricia Heaton, previously best known for her role on Everybody Loves Raymond, was basically made to be a sitcom mom and it's nice to see Neil Flynn continue to have a presence on TV. Flynn is best known for playing the surly janitor on Scrubs, but his role here plays to his ability to look completely nonplussed at the drop of a hat. This is solid mid america satire that will bring a serious smile to any parent who has looked at their kids and wondered out loud how they were ever going to become self sufficient.
8:00 Dancing With the Stars (new) 9:00 Detroit 1-8-7 (new, series premiere) 12:05 Jimmy Kimmel Live (new, with guests Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, and Band of Horses) 8:00 NCIS (new, season premiere) 9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (new, season premiere) 10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (new) 11:35 The Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guests Simon Baker, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, and Maroon 5) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guests Patricia Heaton, Adam Brody, and Sara Bareilles) 8:00 Glee (new, season premiere) 9:00 Raising Hope (new, series premiere) 9:30 Running Wilde (new, series premiere) 8:00 Biggest Loser (new, series premiere) 10:00 Parenthood (new) 11:35 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Ed Helms, Casey Affleck, and Sheryl Crow) 12:35 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guests Tina Fey, Colin Hanks, and Robert Plant) 8:00 One Tree Hill (new »
It's easy to argue that a great percentage of TV sitcoms are family-centric. There are exceptions, like Cheers or Friends or The Office, but sitcom creators always seem willing to venture back into the dynamics of a dysfunctional family. A smaller percentage of that deals with families in or from the Midwest, possibly because they reach the ever-important, Middle America demographic. A smaller percentage of those sitcoms will actually go so far as to make the show's jokes and storylines cater to just how “Middle America” the sitcom family is; well, that's The Middle in a nutshell.
You can't get anymore “middle” than the Heck family. To quote from one of the creators during the behind-the-scenes featurette, “the middle” refers to lots of things: Middle America, middle class, middle age...middle middle middle. (By the way, it turns out you have to say “middle” about thirty times before it starts to sound meaningless. »
- Ryan Katona
Debuting last September on ABC, The Middle features Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Neil Flynn (Scrubs) as Frankie and Mike Heck. They're a middle aged, middle-class parents living in Orson, Indiana -- home of the world's largest polyurethane cow.
Mike's the manager of a quarry and Frankie's the least successful car salesperson at Ehlert Motors. Together, they do their best to raise their three unique kids; under-achieving Axl (Charlie McDermott), klutzy Sue (Eden Sher), and odd Brick (Atticus Shaffer).
The second season of The Middle debuts on ABC on September 22nd. The first season has just been released on DVD. The three-disc set includes all 24 episodes as well as a pair of special featurettes, unaired scenes, and a gag reel.
You can purchase The Middle: The Complete First Season for $30.49 from Amazon. You can also »
Expect to feel some déjà vu when The Middle returns on September 22 with an episode that reunites Patricia Heaton with her Everybody Loves Raymond mother-in-law, Doris Roberts. And for Heaton, it's like old times when her character, Frankie, ends up on the losing side of a battle with Roberts, who plays Brick's teacher Ms. Rinsky, a woman Heaton describes as "very no-nonsense and sick of interfering parents like Frankie."
Executive producer Eileen Heisler....
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- Megan Walsh-Boyle
The Middle is a semi-sleeper that luckily got a bit of extra push by way of its proximity to Modern Family. Lucky (I’ll say) because I didn’t hold out that much hope for it after the pilot. It smacked of a show that was trying too hard with too little, and the comedic showcase of the struggles of the middle-class is an overused sitcom angle.
Once you’re joining in with the general theme of many of the best and worst shows we’ve already seen, you have to stand out in a hurry, and make your particular spin grab me quick. Not only did the first few episodes of The Middle not manage the feat, it didn’t seem to be trying to… which, it turns out, is its unique spin.
In a sort of meta-display of the show’s “uucchhh… whatever” approach to getting through life »
- Marc Eastman
Saturday 4 September
Isle Of MTV; Camp Bestival
12midday, MTV; 9pm, Sky Arts 1
Two different approaches at annual music festivals. First off, MTV take over a chunk of Malta for their big, spectacular concert. The bands picked are ones that know plenty about showmanship: Scissor Sisters, Kelis and Kid Rock. In these cash-strapped days such wilful, wasteful consumerism is a wonder to behold and it's great to see MTV actually putting some M on their TV for a change. The other side of the coin is the carbon-neutral Camp Bestival in Dorset. Audiences there, in fancy dress, witnessed an eclectic selection including Madness, Friendly Fires, the Human League and George Clinton.
No Hats No Trainers
The lively No Hats No Trainers is back for a second series, and it's well worth »
- Phelim O'Neill, Rebecca Nicholson, Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs, Will Dean, Jonathan Wright, Martin Skegg, John Robinson
The fall television season is nearly upon us, with just about everything premiering between September 20-26. CBS, NBC, and ABC have all taken the opportunity to announce the premiere week synopses for all their new and returning shows via press release.
The Amazing Race is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning adventure reality series hosted by Emmy-nominated host, Phil Keoghan, which pits teams, of two, against each other on a trek around the world. At every destination, each team will have to compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the »
- Brendan Bettinger
From ABC comes a wonderfully refreshing comedy about family life, and now you can catch season one on DVD. The name says it all: The Middle. Basically, stuck. Stuck in mid-America (Orson, Indiana), middle-classed (not much money), middle-aged. Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton) has the American dream, or maybe not. Three kids, a house. A supportive husband, Mike (played by Neil Flynn). She works as a car salesperson for an out-of-touch chauvinist boss, Mr. Elhert (played by Brian Doyle-Murray). Her three kids are very unique and bring a lot of characterization to the show. Brick (Atticus Shaffer) is the youngest and probably the smartest in a weird sort of way. He is very eccentric but still very cute. »
- Dana Rae
Hitting stores August 31st, "The Middle: The Complete First Season" features all 24 episodes, plus a gag reel, deleted scenes and two featurettes, "Raising a Sitcom Family" and "Sue's Best Shots."
Heaton stars as Frankie Heck, a working wife and mother and not-so-successful car dealer who lives with her husband and three kids in the small fictional town of Orson, Indiana. Neil Flynn stars as her husband, while Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, and Atticus Shaffer play her kids. Chris Kattan also stars.
Along with garnering good reviews and impressive ratings as part of ABC's Wednesday night comedy line-up (it earned its full-season pickup after airing just two episodes), "The Middle" also boasts some impressive guest stars. Its first season featured guest spots from Betty White, Brooke Shields, Amy Sedaris. »
Chicago – With the Emmys almost upon us on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, it’s the right time to take one last look at the nominees for the last television year and do what all awards watchers love to do best: predict who will win, who should win and lament the snubs. Take notes and win your office pool.
Outstanding Drama Series
Will Win: “Mad Men” (AMC)
Should Win: “Lost” (ABC)
Should Have Been Nominated: “Justified” (FX)
Photo credit: AMC
AMC’s “Mad Men” has won the prize for the first two seasons that it was on the air, making it the prohibitive favorite to three-peat. The fact is that the Academy likes legacies. “The West Wing” won four years in a row. “L.A. Law” won three. When the voting body latches on to something they think is the best, that opinion takes time to change. Or it takes a remarkably »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – In our latest edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: DVD, we have three DVDs up for grabs to the single-camera comedy “The Middle” on ABC with Patricia Heaton “The Middle” also features Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer and Chris Kattan from series creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline.
To win your free DVD courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, all you need to do is answer our question in this Web-based submission form. That’s it! Directions to enter this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.
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Here is the synopsis to “The Middle”:
Patricia Heaton stars as Frankie Heck in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Frankie Heck is a superhero. Well, not an actual superhero, but sometimes it seems to Frankie »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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