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The Middle's Frankie is in for a big surprise on Wednesday's Christmas episode.
In our exclusive clip, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) jokes — and eventually sings — to her friends that her husband (Neil Flynn) never gets her anything for the holiday. But this year is different. Mike, who has enough of her mockery, reveals his secret gift in the middle of Frankie's trash-talking, much to her shock.
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- Robyn Ross
Whether you like your dinner with a side of flying pumpkins, a knife-wielding Lady Gaga or Snoopy-served jelly beans, you're sure to find something digestible with TheWrap's Top 10 Thanksgiving-Themed Shows. Here they are: "The Middle" (Wednesday, 8 p.m., ABC) Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke guest star as Frankie's parents, while Molly Shannon guests as her sister Janet, who clashes with Frankie (Patricia Heaton) over their differing parenting styles when everyone gathers for Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, Mike tries to teach Axl how to pick up girls, while Sue thinks it's an honor »
- Kimberly Potts
The ABC hit comedy, The Middle, has become one of the most popular series on television. Much of the success can be attributed to Patricia Heaton, who is great on the show. Heaton told us that she credits the success of the show to the writers, because families can watch the show together. She also told us that her kids on the show are such good people on and off the set. (Click on the audio player to hear Patricia Heaton)Heaton
A new episode of The Middle airs tonight at 8/7 central on ABC.
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8:00 Last Man Standing (new) 8:30 Man Up (new) 9:00 Dancing With the Stars (new) 10:00 Body of Proof (new) 12:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (new, with guest Patricia Heaton and Dancing With the Stars castoff) 8:00 NCIS (new) 9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (new) 10:00 Unforgettable (new) 11:35 Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guests Bill Maher and Nikki Reed) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guests Ewan McGregor and Paula Poundstone) 8:00 Glee (new) 9:00 New Girl (new) 9:30 Raising Hope (new) 8:00 The Biggest Loser (new) 10:00 Parenthood (new) 11:35 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Howie Mandel and Snooki) 12:35 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guests Ben Kingsley and Felicity Jones) 8:00 90210 (new) 9:00 Ringer (new) More TV to watch when you read more. »
This past Sunday, PBS aired its first segment of a four-part series called America in Primetime, which is all about television — its history, its characters, its growth.
The first segment was "The Independent Woman," which was about the pressures that real women have faced, which translates into what female characters face. The entire episode is available to watch on the PBS website, so you can still watch it in its entirety. Interviewees include Julianna Margulies, Archie Panjabi, Elisabeth Moss, Patricia Heaton, Roseanne Barr, Diablo Cody, Mary Tyler Moore and many, many more. The discussions range from broader ideas about how women's roles have changed in the home and at work from the 1950s through present day, and wow, how times have changed. When you look back at how Lucy Ricardo was spanked by Ricky if she disobeyed him by trying to participate in show business and then compare it to »
- Trish Bendix
Chord Overstreet will return to "Glee" for a multi-episode arc, Fox announced Monday. The announcement followed the decision -- which evoked the wrath of many "Glee" fans -- not to bring him back to the show this season after he debuted in the second season. Also read: From 'Glee' Student to Teacher: Chord Overstreet Guests on Patricia Heaton's 'The Middle' Overstreet's Sam Evans will be back at McKinley High beginning in December. "We love Chord and have always said that we wanted him back," said Ryan Murphy, executive producer and co-creator of "Glee." »
- Tim Molloy
"Hubby and I realized this morning that as of today, we've been married 21 years. We hi-fived, then he went 2 (sic) workout, I went back 2 bed." Everybody Loves Raymond star Patricia Heaton is celebrating a marriage milestone with her actor husband David Hunt. »
ABC's new series "Last Man Standing" premiered to strong ratings Tuesday night (Oct. 11), with 13.2 million people tuning into Tim Allen's return to sitcomdom.
That the former star of a hit comedy ("Home Improvement," in this case) would draw a big audience in his return is maybe not a surprise. Except that when you look at the track record of some of Allen's contemporaries in recent years, it sort of is.
Consider: "Back to You" and "Hank," both of which starred multiple Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer (the former also featured fellow Emmy winner Patricia Heaton), couldn't make it past their first seasons. Ditto for Matthew Perry ("Mr. Sunshine"), Paul Reiser ("The Paul Reiser Show") and Jenna Elfman ("Accidentally on Purpose"), all of whom starred in hit shows in the 1990s and early 2000s and had one-and-done shows in the past couple of seasons.
This year, though? Allen seems to have »
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Question: Is Glee going the Shelby/Puck route? Suspicions were elevated when Fox released that “Pot o’ Gold” promo. —Lulu
Ausiello: I’ll say this: At the end of the next original episode on Nov. 1, there is a very bold interaction between the two. Very bold.
Question: I was wondering if you can give any insight into what is going to be happening with Mercedes on Glee now that she’s the only person not in New Directions? »
- Michael Ausiello
The Heck family is back for a third season of The Middle, but before the kids head back to school they need some forced family fun. The two-part season premiere flipped back and forth between the current timeline of the Heck family camping trip, and a flashback of Frankie and Mike's honeymoon where we learn why Frankie hates camping. It's in the flashback that we see Patricia Heaton reunite with her former TV husband, Ray Romano. He's the reason she hates camping.
The episode opens as everyone heads out of the house on the first day of school, and they're so worried that they're going to miss each other that they promise to call throughout the day and depart with a family hug. The end of the episode shows us how they got to this loving state. In a brief recap of their summer, we learn that Frankie and Mike rarely saw the kids. »
- Emily Offshack
Some people refer to “The Middle” as “Modern Family’s” less attractive cousin. You know, the one that doesn’t win all of the awards, gets significantly less attention but is actually the funnier of the two?
The headline guest star on "The Middle" this fall is Ray Romano, who's reuniting with his "Everybody Loves Raymond" co-star Patricia Heaton, who plays the matriarch of the Heck family. But he's not the only one guest starring in the ABC comedy this year.
Romano appears in Wednesday night's (Sept. 21) hour-long season premiere, which flashes back to Frankie (Heaton) and Mike's (Neil Flynn) honeymoon. Romano plays Nicky, a friend of Mike's ends up interrupting Frankie and Mike’s romantic plans.
“We have so many fans from ‘Raymond’ who are now fans of ‘The Middle,’ and so it was fun for everybody,” Heaton told The Huffington Post, “And I think it will be huge »
- Crystal Bell
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"We hadn't gone to him before," co-creator and executive producer DeAnn Heline tells TVGuide.com. "As a new show, you want to give it time to develop. Plus he was busy with his show — he's a busy guy. But, now, all the stars aligned."
Romano appears via flashbacks that are brought on by a Heck Family camping trip. As Frankie and Mike (Neil Flynn) take the kids into the woods, the couple reflects on the last time they went camping — on their honeymoon.
"Ray plays a friend of Mike's who happens to stumble upon them during their honeymoon and causes problems, »
- Adam Bryant
Romano appears in Wednesday's (Sept. 21) hour-long season premiere, which flashes back to Frankie (Heaton) and Mike's (Neil Flynn) honeymoon. Romano plays Nicky, a friend of Mike's who "crashes the party," as Heaton puts it.
"It's a very different format that we're working in on 'The Middle,'" Heaton tells Zap2it about working opposite her former TV husband again. "We have no audience like we did on 'Raymond,' and we have no rehearsal time like we did on 'Raymond.' And Ray looks a hundred years older. I don't know what he was doing on [his TNT series] 'Men of a Certain Age,' but clearly he was burning the candle at both ends. Or maybe he's just not going to »
In the show, Deschanel plays a teacher who is forced by circumstances to move in with three guys, kinda in a “Four’s Company” kind of way. So far, the critics say that Deschanel is mostly adorable in “New Girl,” though »
- WSJ Staff
On the upcoming season premiere of the ABC comedy, Raymond teams up once again with his "Everybody Loves Raymond" co-star, Patricia Heaton, playing a different kind of character - Nicky, described as a "sad-sack."
Raymond enters the episode after Mike (Neil Flynn) takes wife Frankie ...
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A 4.2-magnitude quake, centred 24 miles (38.6 kilometres) northwest of downtown L.A., shook the city and several aftershocks followed.
The former Everybody Loves Raymond star Heaton quickly took to her Twitter.com page, asking fans, "Was there an earthquake in La? My desk just shook like crazy", before adding: "Whoohoo! Earthquake La! Life is precarious, people - carpe diem!"
In a series of posts, she writes, "4.2 magnitude centered right here by the #NCIS stage. All is well, lots of equipment shook. Another after shock. Keeps going. It's right underneath us at #NCIS but all's well."
DeVito took the opportunity to joke, "Earthquake? Or a small dog fart? 4.2 nice adjustment", while singer Sam Sparro also felt the quake: "That was an earthquake? I thought people were doing it upstairs." »
Glee’s Chord Overstreet has fast-tracked through graduation as he moves from McKinley High as a student to Orson Elementary as a teacher for a guest spot on Season 3 of ABC’s family comedy, The Middle.
Overstreet will be appearing on the September 28th episode of The Middle as Ralph Wilkerson, a new fourth grade teacher that has Brick (Atticus Shaffer) in his class. This in itself might not be a bad thing, but EW.com reveals that Wilkerson’s “innovative and involved teaching methods run counter to the more relaxed parenting style used by the boy’s parents.”
I guess it depends on how fired up Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike (Neil Flynn) get over Ralph‘s unique style of teaching, but Overstreet might get to spin this into a recurring role, which would be a good thing since Sam is leaving »
- Marty Shaw
Los Angeles, California (X17online) - Chord Overstreet is quickly transitioning from high school student at Glee’s McKinley High to fourth grade teacher on ABC’s The Middle. The former Glee star has signed on to guest star on the ABC comedy as Ralph Wilkerson, Brick Heck's (Atticus Shaffer) innovative elementary school teacher whose unconventional teaching style conflicts with Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike (Neil Flynn) Heck’s more relaxed parenting style. The third season of The Middle will premiere on Sept. 21 at 8 p.m on ABC. Overstreet's guest spot will air Sept. 28 »
"Glee’s" got the beat for its upcoming third season in a promo released by Fox Wednesday. Check out your favorite crooning stars’ faces jiggle from the impact of flying dodge balls thrown by Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) in the show’s first promo. "Glee" Season 3 begins on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. Related Articles: From 'Glee' Student to Teacher: Chord Overstreet Guests on Patricia Heaton's 'The Middle' »
- Jake Weinraub
Former "Glee" star Chord Overstreet is set to guest star in the third season of the hit ABC comedy "The Middle." The singing heartthrob will appear on a single episode as Ralph Wilkerson, the eccentric fourth grade teacher of Brick (Atticus Shaffer), whose unconventional educational style irks Brick's parents, played by Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn. The comedy also stars Charlie McDermott and Eden Sher. Season three debuts September 21 with a one-hour season premiere, featuring guest (and Heaton's "Everybody Loves Raymond" co-star) Ray Romano. Overstreet's episode will air the following week. "The Middle" airs on ABC Wednesdays at 8 pm/7 »
- Dave Lewis
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