13 items from 2014
It is hard to believe that The Middle has been on the air for six seasons. I will admit, I dismissed the comedy starring Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn early on in its run. It was not until I started to DVR the show which followed the series, that I began to see the closing of the show every week. I decided to give the series a shot and I am glad I did. Not only is the casts’ comedic timing impeccable, the series of guest stars that have popped up over the last six years are just as awesome. Here is a look at some of our favorite actors to appear on The Middle since its 2009 premiere. Maybe your favorite guest star made our TV Overmind list. Brooke Shields as Rita Glossner The Heck’s have always talked about their horrible neighbors the Glossners, and when the series first… »
- Tim Gerstenberger
Airing on Wednesday nights, The Middle doesn't get a lot of recognition but it's been a ratings success for ABC for five seasons. How will it perform in season six? Will it be renewed for a seventh season? Could it be cancelled if the ratings fall? Stay tuned.
Taking place in Orson, Indiana, The Middle revolves around the Heck family. It's headed by Mike (Neil Flynn), who manages a local quarry, and Frankie (Patricia Heaton), a dental assistant. Together, they do their best to make ends meet and raise their three very different kids (Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, and Atticus Shaffer).
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 »
The actress told Time Out that she has spoken to the film's writer Tina Fey about a possible storyline.
You can't sit with us! Mean Girls turns 10 - 22 most fetch moments
When asked about a sequel, Lohan said: "People really love the movie: how do you top that?
"That would be really funny. I'll harass Tina to write it."
2014 marked the film's tenth anniversary, with actor Neil Flynn describing the hit to Digital Spy as a "significant movie".
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Zach Braff's new movie, Wish I Was Here, is the definition of a passion project: it came to fruition with the help of fans and supporters via Kickstarter campaign, and from the very beginning, it's seemed as though Braff - who wrote, directed, and stars in the film - made it his personal mission to deliver a product that could live up to the hype. Not only did he have the 46,520 crowdfunders to please, but he also faced pressure to create something as impactful as his 2004 hit, Garden State. While Wish I Was Here is in no way a sequel to Garden State, there are some similarities; the film follows Braff's character, struggling actor Aidan Bloom, and his family as they each strive to figure out their own idea of happiness and find the ability to live in the moment. And like Braff's debut, it does succeed in capturing »
- Brittney Stephens
We're always on the hunt for a random sliver of Sasquatchploitation, and rumblings of the latest one from Frame 29 Films, entitled Nigel and Oscar vs. the Sasquatch, have just hit the wire! Check out the details.
As per The Wrap, “Saturday Night Live” alum Paul Brittain, Adam Herschman (Hot Tub Time Machine 2), Neil Flynn (“Scrubs”), and Christine Bently (Shark Night 3D) are set to star in the indie comedy Nigel and Oscar vs. the Sasquatch.
Frame 29 Films and Mudbrick Media are teaming on the project, which Drew Hall is directing from a script by James Weldon. Production is already under way in Alabama, with shooting set to take place in Cheaha State Park.
Nigel and Oscar vs. the Sasquatch is a comedy faux-documentary about two brothers (Brittain and Herschman) on a competitive search for Sasquatch, »
- Steve Barton
Previously, on a very special episode of Clone High...
“Way, way back in the 1980s, secret government employees dug up famous guys and ladies and made amusing genetic copies. Now the clones are sexy teens and they're gonna make it if they try.”
So goes the theme tune to Clone High, the MTV animated series that ran for one season from 2002 to 2003. As a concept for a TV series goes, there's a hell of a lot of mileage in doing a teen drama featuring the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, Joan of Arc, John F Kennedy and Cleopatra in school together.
The series was animated in the style of Genndy Tartakovsky’s hand-drawn animated series, such as Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack, with stylised character design and slightly more limited movement, making »
The actress, who played ditsy Karen Smith in the teen comedy, said that she is flattered by the continued love shown by fans ten years on from the film's release.
"I check my retweets sometimes," she admitted during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon yesterday (May 22).
"I usually only get like 50-100, which is good, I guess. But when I tweeted, 'On Wednesdays, we wear pink', I got like 18,000 retweets. How crazy is that?"
28-year-old Seyfried went on to describe the movie's creator, comedian Tina Fey, as a "genius", adding that she believes the film has now "gone into history".
She also revealed that she has more in common with her character than first appears. »
“Saturday Night Live” alum Paul Brittain, Adam Herschman (“Hot Tub Time Machine 2”), Neil Flynn (“Scrubs”) and Christine Bently (“Shark Night 3D”) are set to star in the indie comedy “Nigel and Oscar vs. the Sasquatch,” TheWrap has learned. Frame 29 Films and Mudbrick Media are teaming on the project, which Drew Hall is directing from a script by James Weldon. Production is already under way in Alabama, with shooting set to take place in Cheaha State Park. Also read: Lena Dunham Gets Naked – Again – for ‘Saturday Night Live’ (Video) Scott Robinson is producing the movie, while Judd Cherry and Ned. »
- Jeff Sneider
Aw Heck! ABC has renewed The Middle sitcom for a sixth season.
Like most shows, The Middle is down year-to-year (by nearly 10% in the demo) but this series has remained a consistent performer for the network on Wednesdays at 8pm. That's particularly important since ABC continues to struggle to find new comedy hits. Of this year's crop, only The Goldbergs is a moderate success (it's also been renewed).
What do you think? Are you glad that The Middle is returning for a sixth season or do you think the show should have been cancelled? How long should it run?
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"I think Mean Girls was a kind of significant movie," Flynn said. "It was a very successful comedy and it was also before Bridesmaids and it really launched some of today's biggest women in comedy.
"It was the beginning of Tina's rise to global domination. I think that movie is a touchstone for a lot of people. In the same way Animal House was for my generation really."
Flynn added of the enduring appeal of the film, which celebrates its 10th anniversary today: "I didn't necessarily think it would »
"I don't mind being underrated, it's better than being overrated."
It previously aired in the UK on Sky1, paired on Friday nights with its more glitzy and glamorous cousin Modern Family. But while the cast of Modern Family are showered with awards and regularly clock up mentions in critics' Best Of lists, The Middle remains oddly unappreciated.
Not that Flynn, one of the show's stars, minds at all. In fact, he prefers it that way.
"I don't long for attention myself, I feel content that the show is on the air and has success and people seem to like it and I think there is a danger in calling yourself underrated," he suggests.
"It was the same with Scrubs. It was »
Lacey Chabert plays runt of The Plastics litter and Toaster Strudel princess Gretchen Wieners.
The 31-year-old star, who famously played Claudia Salinger in cult series Party of Five from 1994 to 2000, has also appeared in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past with Matthew McConaughey and provided the voice of Family Guy's Meg Griffin before Mila Kunis took over.
Tim Meadows stars as democratic principal Mr Duvall, who attempts to restore calm when pages of the infamous Burn book rear their ugly heads.
Following the film's release, 53-year-old comedy writer and actor Meadows has starred in »
The show's fifth season will arrive on Comedy Central on Tuesday, January 21 in a 9pm slot.
Previously, the show aired on Sky1 in the UK, sitting alongside Modern Family as part of its Comedy Fridays schedule.
Season five launches with an episode based around Axl heading off to college, with his whole family joining him to help him settle in his new dorm.
The comedy celebrated its 100th episode last year in the Us.
Catch up on all the latest TV and Movies releases in Digital Spy's Screen Time: »
13 items from 2014
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