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The Middle: Is the ABC Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Nine?

30 August 2017 6:47 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Vulture WatchAfter eight seasons, there's just as much drama in the Heck household. Has the The Middle TV show been cancelled or renewed for a ninth season on ABC? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is a dedicated place to track the status of season nine of The Middle. You can bookmark this page or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?What's This TV Show About?Set in Orson, Indiana, The Middle TV show revolves around the five members of the middle-class Heck family. It's headed by quarry manager Mike (Neil Flynn) and Frankie (Patricia Heaton), a dental assistant. They do their best to make ends meet and raise their three very different kids -- lazy Axl (Charlie McDermott), awkward Sue (Eden Sher), and Brick (Atticus »

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The Middle: Lisa Rinna to Guest on Season Nine of ABC Sitcom

23 August 2017 6:16 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Lisa Rinna is coming to ABC. Entertainment Weekly reports the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has joined the ninth and final season of The Middle.On the family comedy, Rinna will play "Tammy Brooks, the fun, charming, and filthy rich mother of Lexie (Daniela Bobadilla), Axl’s (Charlie McDermott) girlfriend and Sue’s (Eden Sher) roommate." The cast also includes Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, and Atticus Shaffer.Read More… »

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The Middle: ABC Teases Final Season of Comedy Series

22 August 2017 8:26 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

"We may not be perfect, but we did a few things right." Recently, ABC released a new preview for the upcoming ninth and final season of The Middle.Set in small-town Indiana, the family comedy stars Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, and Atticus Shaffer.Read More… »

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The Middle: Season Nine; Co-Creators on Ending the ABC Sitcom

7 August 2017 3:07 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

As reported last week, The Middle TV show will end with the upcoming ninth season. During the ABC sitcom's panel at the TCA summer press tour, creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline assured reporters that the creative team made the decision to end with the ninth season, and that they had told the network they would like a season to craft their farewell to the Heck family. A family sitcom, The Middle stars Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, and Atticus Shaffer. The ABC comedy centers on the Hecks, a middle-class family, living in Orson, Indiana.  Read More… »

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The Middle: ABC Sitcom Ending; No Season 10

2 August 2017 3:52 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

What the heck? While The Middle TV show is not cancelled, it will end with its upcoming ninth season. Star Patricia Heaton announced on Twitter that season nine of The Middle will be its final season on ABC. A family sitcom, The Middle also stars Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, and Atticus Shaffer. The ABC comedy centers on the Hecks, a middle-class family, living in Orson, Indiana, headed by quarry manager Mike (Flynn) and Frankie (Heaton)Read More… »

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Patricia Heaton's 'The Middle' Is Ending After Season 9

2 August 2017 11:12 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It's the end for The Middle.

The upcoming ninth season will be the final chapter for Patricia Heaton's half-hour comedy, ABC announced on Wednesday. The decision to end the series was made by The Middle co-creators and showrunners Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline.

Heaton stars as Frankie Heck, a harried wife and mother of three who lives in the Orson, Indiana, and uses her wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher and Atticus Shaffer also star.

Related: 'The Middle' Cast Celebrates 100 Episodes

Following the announcement, Heaton tweeted about the news, promising that the final season will be top-notch. "We love our fans and we're bringing you the most epic final season ever!" she wrote.

“The Heck family has been part of the ABC family for almost a decade. It’s rare for a series to have this type of longevity, and we are »

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ABC’s ‘The Middle’ Will Conclude With Season 9

2 August 2017 9:33 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The ninth season of ABC’s “The Middle” will be the sitcom’s last, TheWrap has confirmed. Also Read: Ratings: 'World of Dance' Again Annihilates ABC's Soft 'Somewhere Between' The single-camera comedy stars Patricia Heaton (Frankie Heck), Neil Flynn (Mike Heck), Charlie McDermott (Axl Heck), Eden Sher (Sue Heck) and Atticus Shaffer (Brick Heck) as the Heck family, a middle-class family living in the Midwest. The show tackles typical sitcom topics like marriage, parenting, work and everyday life. “The Middle” has been a consistent performer for ABC, although its viewership has never exceeded 9 million viewers. Heaton »

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‘The Middle’ Set to End With Season 9

2 August 2017 9:03 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Middle” will end after its upcoming ninth season, which kicks off this fall.

Debuting in 2009, the family sitcom is one of ABC’s longest-running comedies, next to “Modern Family.” Though the series has never been a huge ratings breakout, it’s been steady on the network’s schedule.

Starring Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher and Atticus Shaffer, “The Middle” revolves around the middle-class, midwestern Heck family. Created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, Warner Bros. Television is the studio.

“Last year we sat down with our cast and made the bittersweet decision together that in this ninth season it is time to bring the Hecks’ story to a close.  It’s been an amazing run, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we’re looking forward to having an entire year to say goodbye,” said co-creators Heisler and Heline. “Plus, we wanted to go out before too many people knew we were on the air.”

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Review: Vixen the Movie

18 May 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

It’s hard to imagine Vixen as a member of the DC Universe for over 35 years now, an early victim of the DC Implosion before arriving as a guest-star in Action Comics. She’s been a constant presence if not a major one, but was exactly in the range of secondary characters ripe for development for television since her powers were not entirely special effects-laden.

Interestingly, she was brought to The CW through their CW Seed website, a way to expand the Arrowverse with original content. In 2015, there were six short animated episodes that performed well enough that a second season arrived last October. The dozen episodes have now been edited into a 78-minute feature, Vixen the Movie, out now from Warner Home Entertainment.

The series is only kinda sort of close to the source material as we learn of Mari Jiwe McCabe’s (Megalyn Echikunwoke) upbringing in the African land of Zambesi, »

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About The Middle’s Neil Flynn

17 May 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

It’s not certain whether filmmaker and producer Bill Lawrence had any idea how popular his series Scrubs would become. Nor is it likely that he knew that that the show would run from 2001 through 2010. Needless to say, the show created consistent work for a number of talented actors that made the set of the show their home for nine seasons. One such actor would be the talented Neil Flynn. Flynn played the role of the janitor on the show, and he produced a number of memorable moments on the show. Flynn didn’t lead a boring personal life either.

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The Middle: Season Eight Ratings

17 May 2017 1:24 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

For seven seasons, The Middle has been a staple of the Wednesday night schedule on .  Now, the network has moved the sitcom to Tuesday nights. How will this move affect the ratings? Could this long-running comedy be cancelled or, will it be renewed for a ninth season? Stay tuned.Set in Orson, Indiana, The Middle TV show revolves around the five members of the middle-class Heck family. It's headed by quarry manager Mike (Neil Flynn) and Frankie (Patricia Heaton), a dental assistant. They do their best to make ends meet and raise their three very different kids -- lazy Axl (Charlie McDermott), awkward Sue (Eden Sher), and Brick (Atticus Shaffer), the intelligent yet odd youngest son.Read More… »

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Over 30 Minutes of “The Best Of the Janitor” from Scrubs

11 April 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Neil Flynn definitely belongs on the “That Guy” actor of the day list but I feel like people are starting to know his name more.  Still though, if I were to just blindly ask you, “who’s Neil Flynn?” I’m guessing at least 80% of you wouldn’t know.  So yeah, he qualifies.  Perhaps Neil’s best role in his career is Janitor on Scrubs.  Notice I didn’t say “the” Janitor.   Though he is a janitor at Sacred Heart, he is rarely referred to as the janitor, but rather just called Janitor. Flynn was originally billed as a recurring guest star throughout Season

Over 30 Minutes of “The Best Of the Janitor” from Scrubs »

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Interviews: Red Carpet Premiere of Made-in-Chicago Film ‘Landline’

31 March 2017 1:44 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Local Chicago filmmaking got a major debut last weekend with the premiere of “Landline,” written, directed and starring Matthew Aaron. Appropriately, he got the World Champion Chicago Cubs involved, as the plot includes a PR agency pitching a new campaign to the team. The Red Carpet walk had a couple of featured performers in the film who both are Chicago natives – Jim O’Heir (“Parks and Recreation”) and comedian Jay Washington. “Landline” has a one week run at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre (details below), and on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, the film will be released digitally through most TV and internet providers.

Ted Gout (Matthew Aaron) is happily married to his husband Jack (Patrick Hartigan), but is suffering anxiety because he needs to land the Chicago Cubs account for his PR company. Unfortunately, his work rival Barry (Chad Michael Singer) is fighting him for it, and his boss Fiona »

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The Middle: ABC Sitcom to Host Mini Everybody Loves Raymond Reunion

17 February 2017 5:43 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

A familiar face is coming to The Middle. TVLine reports Everybody Loves Raymond star Monica Horan will reunite with former co-star Patricia Heaton on an upcoming episode of the ABC TV show.Horan played Amy MacDougall-Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond opposite Heaton's Debra Baron. The Middle stars Heaton as a middle-class mother of three living in suburban Indiana. The cast also includes Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, and Atticus Shaffer.Read More… »

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ABC Renews ‘The Middle’ for Season 9

25 January 2017 9:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC has given an early renewal to “The Middle,” Variety has learned. The Midwestern comedy will return for a ninth season in the fall.

“‘The Middle’ has been one of the network’s most consistent performers and helped us to launch a whole new night of comedy when it moved to Tuesdays this season,” said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. “The Indiana Hecks have found America’s sweet spot with their authentic, acerbic and always loving take on parenting, work, kids, marriage and life.”

The series has indeed proven a solid performer, providing a stable launch platform for newcomer “American Housewife” this season. The show hovers around a 1.7 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic in Nielsen’s Live+Same Day ratings, and typically sees growth of 50% or more once DVR viewing within three days is factored in.

The Middle” follows the Heck family of Orson, Indiana. Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton) is a harried wife and mother of »

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Split Scares Up $40.2M to Win the Weekend Box Office

22 January 2017 10:57 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This year has gotten off to a booming box office start, with the drama Hidden Figures surprisingly snapping Rogue One's four weekend winning streak early in the month. After Hidden Figures took two in a row, it dropped in its third, with Universal's R-rated thriller Split taking the top spot with an unexpected $40.1 million, going up against XXX 3, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone and The Founder, which expanded nationwide after an awards-qualifying run in December. It was always going to be a close race between Split and Paramount's XXX: Return of Xander Cage, but Split shockingly doubled XXX 3's estimated opening weekend tally of $20 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Split pulled in an impressive $13,229 per-screen average from 3,038 screens. It also earned an impressive 75% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and its $40 million debut means it has already earned eight times more than its reported $5 million budget. Split is director »

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Box Office: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Abducts $2 Million in Thursday Night Launch

20 January 2017 8:32 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thriller “Split” has taken an impressive $2 million at 2,295 locations in Thursday night preview showings in North America.

Split” easily outdistanced Thursday night previews of Vin Diesel’s “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” which took in a decent $1.2 million at 2,536 sites.

Universal is expanding “Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 personalities, to 3,037 sites on Friday. The Thursday night figure for “Split” doubled the $1 million in previews from Shyamalan’s found-footage horror movie “The Visit,” which scored an opening weekend of $25.4 million two years ago.

Shyamalan produces and directs from his own script in a story of McAvoy’s character capturing three young women. It’s the 12th movie that Shyamalan has directed with 1999’s “The Sixth Sense” remaining the most successful with more than $650 million in worldwide grosses.

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Split” is poised to battle “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” for the top »

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Film Review: ‘The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’

20 January 2017 12:23 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At one point in “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone,” a thoroughly predictable but undemandingly pleasant faith-based dramedy about a career-stalled actor who gets a shot at redemption while playing the lead role in a megachurch pageant, the prodigal-son protagonist makes a passing reference to a past acting gig in “a Hallmark movie.” The allusion is not without irony — indeed, the remark seems positively meta in this context — since “Resurrection” itself adheres to the same formula that has served many Hallmark Channel cable features so well: Take some familiar faces from past or current TV series, mix them into a plot about a big-city striver who reconnects with hometown roots, and bring everything to a boil with a contrived climactic conflict. Director Dallas Jenkins and screenwriter Andrea Nasfell follow the recipe with all the purposeful attentiveness of inventory clerks ticking items off a checklist. The end result merits a paraphrase of »

- Joe Leydon

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Box Office: ‘Split’ to Battle Vin Diesel’s ‘Xander Cage’ for Top Spot

18 January 2017 10:06 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thriller “Split” and Vin Diesel’s “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” are poised to fight for the North American box office crown with about $20 million each this coming weekend.

Fox’s historical drama “Hidden Figures,” which has won the past two weekends, is likely to remain a solid contender in the $15 million to $18 million range.

Universal is launching “Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 personalities, at approximately 3,015 North American venues. Shyamalan produces and directs from his own script.

Split” has been building buzz among its core fans since its debut screening at September’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, followed by an official screening at November’s AFI Festival in Los Angeles and 24 word-of-mouth screenings on Friday the 13th last week, mirroring the 24 personalities of McAvoy’s character. Critics seem to be embracing “Split,” which so carries an 75% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Shyamalan is self-financing the $5 million project. »

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Will xXx 3 Be the First Big Box Office Hit of 2017?

17 January 2017 8:53 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The 2017 calendar year has gotten off to an interesting start at the box office, with the inspirational drama Hidden Figures pulling off surprise wins over the past two weekends, while La La Land continues to expand and climb up the charts after its impressive sweep at the Golden Globes. This weekend, four new releases will hit theaters, Paramount's XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage, Universal's Split, The Weinstein Company's The Founder and High Top Releasing's The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, with A24's 20th Century Women also expanding nationwide. When all the dust is settled, we're predicting that XXX: The Return of Xander Cage will come out on top at the box office.

Box Office Mojo reports that, while those aforementioned films will all be released wide, there will be quite the large discrepancy between their theater counts. Both XXX 3 and Split are expected to open in roughly 3,000 theaters apiece, »

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