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Vulture Watch After 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 »
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… »
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… »
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.
- Oriana Schwindt
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 »
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.
Film Review: ‘Split’
“Split” is poised to battle “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” for the top »
- Dave McNary
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
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.
“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. »
- Dave McNary
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, »
9 items from 2017
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