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10 Awesome TV Shows That Survived A Disastrous Pilot Episode

4 December 2013 3:48 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

A TV pilot has an incredibly difficult job – it has to introduce a whole new set of characters and a premise within a short amount of time, all while simultaneously trying not to seem like an advertisement to the viewer (even though it is).

The pilot is the make or break episode and, I’ll be honest, I have given up on so many TV shows after watching the pilot and being underwhelmed. The truth is that a lot of people just don’t see the point in carrying on with a show that they didn’t enjoy the first episode of. The thinking behind it’s true, after all, if you don’t like one episode, why would you enjoy the rest?

Some shows have brilliant pilots but fail to reach their potential and quietly shuffle off into mediocrity, like Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip or Revolution, »

- John Quigley

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Patricia Heaton Celebrates 100 Episodes of The Middle: It's Bizarre!

23 October 2013 7:00 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

With so many television show on the air both on network and cable (and let’s not forget the growing number of online programs), it’s an impressive feat when any one of them can hit 100 episodes.

ABC’s The Middle may not get the attention and accolades of sitcoms such as Modern Family, but it’s been a solid ratings performer for the network, remaining consistently funny and relatable over the years.

Tonight’s episode marks the century mark for the series, so it was the perfect time to chat with star Patricia Heaton, who talked about why the series has endured this whole time and how the show has handled one big obstacle: children that grow up over the course of so may episodes. Read on for excerpts from our exclusive chat...

TV Fanatic: 100 episodes is a big deal. Does it feel like you’ve done a hundred episodes of the show already? »

- (Jim Halterman)

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The Wednesday Playlist: Milestones for Middle, CSI; World Series Begins

23 October 2013 6:42 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Aw, heck. Is it really worth making a fuss over The Middle's 100-episode milestone? It hardly seems in character for a family like the Hecks of Orson, Indiana. When she's reminded that they volunteered to drive a giant cow float in Orson's centennial parade, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) whines, "This is what happens when we drink: We sign up for stupid committees. Or get Brick."

But as Orson itself expresses in a self-deprecating new town motto: "Why not?" This episode (Wednesday, 8/7c, ABC) truly is cause for celebration, as TV's most heartfelt and hilariously relatable family sitcom reflects on what brought Frankie and Mike (Neil Flynn) to Orson in the first place, while giving their lovably imperfect offspring a chance to shine in clever-to-wacky subplots. (Sue's attempt to make Darrin jealous by cozying up to her flamboyant Bff Brad is especially genius.)

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- Matt Roush

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‘The Middle’ at 100: ABC Sitcom Keeps It Clever and Real

22 October 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

While cutting-edge shows grab all the attention, “The Middle” avoids sharp objects, instead celebrating the flaws, the mediocrity and the bad choices of its characters with a big dose of laughs.

The series, airing its 100th episode Oct. 23, is ABC’s stealth hit, logging increases in viewers and young adults so far this season and delivering solid ratings since 2009.

“You have to love the Heck family, warts and all,” says Peter Roth, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Television Group, which produces the sitcom. “They are one of the most three-dimensional and authentic families on television.”

That’s something the show’s creators, Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, were definitely targeting when they pitched the show to Warner Bros.

“When we were developing it, there weren’t many family comedies on the air, and those that were on were really upscale,” says Heisler. “The show came from an »

- Carole Horst

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Exclusive: The Middle's Neil Flynn Wrestles Role In Fox's New Chris Meloni Comedy Surviving Jack

21 October 2013 1:32 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Leave it to Bill Lawrence to get rival networks to make peace, not war.

The überproducer has successfully lobbied ABC to let The Middle‘s Neil Flynn moonlight on his new Fox comedy Surviving Jack, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Related | Quotes of the Week: Best Zingers from Scandal, Arrow, Once Upon a Time and More!

On Jack — which stars Law & Order: Svu vet Chris Meloni as a suburban dad who becomes a full-time parent when his wife decides to go to law school — Flynn will appear in one episode playing a high-school wrestling coach who butts heads with Meloni’s title character. »

- Michael Ausiello

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Eden Sher Brought to Tears at ‘The Middle’ 100th Episode Party

20 October 2013 9:59 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It may have been celebration, but Eden Sher of “The Middle” got a little emotional with the rest of the cast as they celebrated their 100th episode Oct. 19 at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.

While talking about how much she loves her castmates, Sher couldn’t help but start crying while talking to reporters.

“Are you going to cry?” asked co-star Neil Flynn. “Why are you crying?”

“I don’t know!” she squealed.

Besides her emotions, Sher, who plays the ever optimistic Sue Heck, faced another obstacle: a large cast on her foot, which caused her to almost fall a few times.

“I feel like being injured is like being drunk all the time, because you’re constantly stumbling,” she laughed.

Her castmates were there for her, though, and the actors seemed like family on the red carpet. In fact, Flynn took it upon himself to fix the tie of his fictional son, »

- Alex Stedman

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DVD Releases, Giveaway of the Week: Win White Collar Season 4!

20 October 2013 6:00 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

With all the great DVD/Blu-rays coming out lately, it looks like just about every genre is featured.

So let’s check out the top new releases that you should be picking up to watch for the first time or, in some cases, revisit!

Crime/Action: If you’re craving good guys and bad guys, check out the just-released Nikita Season 3 (starring Maggie Q and Shane West) or take a visit to New York City with the always-appealing Matt Bomer in USA’s White Collar Season 4.

In fact, we have one (1) DVD copy of White Collar Season 4 to giveaway to one (1) of our lucky readers.

Just follow any or all of the steps outlined below by Monday, October 28. We'll select one entrant at random and mail that individual a copy of this bonus-filled prize. You must be a U.S. resident and over 18 years of age. Good luck!

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- (Jim Halterman)

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Greatest Series Finales: Scrubs’ “My Finale” says goodbye to the hospital and looks forward to the future

2 October 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Scrubs Season 8, Episode 18: “My Finale Part 1″ & Season 8, Episode 19 “My Finale Part 2″

Written by Bill Lawrence

Directed by Bill Lawrence

Airs 05/06/2009 on ABC

Opening to Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “Snow”, the audience is treated to a comforting flashback of Jd’s (Zach Braff) first day of work at Sacred Heart where he’s verbally accosted by Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley), verbally accosted some more by Dr. Kelso (Ken Jenkins), accused of putting a penny into a sliding door by The Janitor (Neil Flynn), and sexually teased by Elliot (Sarah Chalke). It’s a nice look at how things have progressed on the show in its eight seasons.

“My Finale” plays exactly as you’d expect a Scrubs to play out: Jd is attempting to achieve this one singular goal he has (in this case: getting the emotion-filled goodbye from Dr. Cox that he feels he deserves) while dealing »

- Drew Koenig

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The Middle: Season Five Ratings

26 September 2013 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

While some shows get a lot of press and hype, The Middle has remained a quiet success for ABC. Last season, it was their fourth highest-rated scripted show. Will the ratings remain high or will they fall in season five? Could it be cancelled or is it guaranteed a sixth season, thanks to syndication profits? Stay tuned to find out.

The Middlefollows the Heck family from a small town in Indiana as they try their best to get ahead. They're played by Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, 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 next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh »


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“The Middle” coming to ABC Family

16 September 2013 9:48 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

ABC Family will begin airing episodes of its mothership ABC’s hit family comedy The Middle starting Sept. 17. The show will air on ABC Family weekdays at 5pm Et/Pt. To kick off The Middle‘s arrival on ABC Family, a marathon of the sitcom will air on ABC Family Sept. 16 from 11am-7pm Et/Pt. The Middle revolves around frazzled mother Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton), her calming husband Mike (Neil Flynn) and their three crazy kids: oldest son Axl (Charlie McDermott), an underachiever; socially awkward middle daughter Sue (Eden Sher); and quirky youngest son Brick (Atticus Shaffer). The sitcom is told from [...]

The post “The Middle” coming to ABC Family appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

- Jeff Pfeiffer

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Clone High Ep 1.10 ‘Litter Kills; Literally’ says goodbye to a beloved clone

26 July 2013 2:07 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Clone High Episode 10 ‘Litter Kills; Literally’

Written by Judah Miller & Murray Miller

Aired 1/19/2003 on MTV


When Clone High is at its very best, it’s able to pile trope on top of trope, until it has this Escher-like contraption of story and parody that feeds into every facet of the plot. It’s not quite the case with ‘Litter Kills’, but when its focused on JFK, it’s one of the most touching episodes of the series. In a nutshell, ‘Litter Kills’ is a very special episode about death, wrapped in a very special episode about environmental concerns, wrapped in a very special episode about how a community heals together; and when it’s running at full-tilt, it’s quite an impressive contraption.

Ponce de Leon’s death shouldn’t be something that affects the audience: we’re told he’s going to die before we even meet him, and »

- Randy

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The Middle: Season Four Ratings

24 May 2013 12:33 AM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Will The Middle still be able to bring in solid ratings now that Wednesday nights are getting even more competitive? Stay tuned to find out if we'll be able to continue watching The Heck family's story.

The fourth season of The Middle typically airs Wednesday nights at 8pm on the ABC network. Once again, the cast includes Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer, and Chris Kattan.

Below are the TV show's ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if The Middle is going to be cancelled or renewed for a fifth season.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season averages: 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 8.01 million total viewers.

Episode 04-24: »


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'The Middle' preview: Frankie faces her critics

8 April 2013 3:05 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Frankie Heck has finished her training to be a dental hygienist on "The Middle." So, good news, right?

Not so fast. In Wednesday's (April 10) episode, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) discovers that having the training isn't enough to land a job. She has to sell herself as well, and she asks the kids for some help.

It does not go well, as you can see in this exclusive clip from the episode. Axl (Charlie McDermott), Sue (Eden Sher) and Brick (Atticus Shaffer) offer up words like "angry" and "tired" to describe their mom, and Mike (Neil Flynn) is no help either when he tries to put a stop to things. It's a very funny scene, but also -- ouch.

(Oh, and in case you're wondering what Brick is up to at the start of the clip, he joins a scout troop and is attempting to figure out how a sleeping bag works. »


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'Modern Family', 'The Middle' UK return air dates confirmed

5 March 2013 6:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Modern Family and The Middle have had their UK return dates set by Sky1.

The award-winning Us sitcoms are both back on screens on Friday, March 29.

16-times Emmy winner Modern Family will continue with the second half of the fourth season in the 8pm slot. Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sofía Vergara, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and co will be back with the Dunphys and Pritchetts for more comedy antics.

The first episode back, 'New Year's Eve', will feature the family getting together to celebrate the New Year at a hotel in Palm Springs. The episode features a cameo from Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams.

The fourth season will also feature the introduction of Gloria's (Vergara) family, namely mum Pilar (Elizabeth Pena, La Bamba) and sister Sonia (Stephanie Beatriz, Closer).

The Middle will air in the 7.30pm slot and will pick up with the second half of season four. »

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The Middle's Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn Talk "Worst Survival Gigs"

7 February 2013 10:53 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn star in the ABC comedy The Middle, and we sat down with them at a recent press event in La to get the scoop on season four, and the less glamorous jobs they held prior to the show. They also filled us in on what's to come for the Heck family and joked about why the writers have it easy. Find out more from the funny duo in our interview. The Middle airs Wednesdays at 8/7 C. »

- Michelle Manning

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'The Middle' Will Gladly Take Longevity Over Awards

11 January 2013 9:03 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC's "The Middle" doesn't get the recognition, ratings or Emmy Awards that "Modern Family" does, but the cast and creators are fine with cruising under the radar if they can continue producing more episodes. "I say slow and steady wins the race," series star Neil Flynn rationalized at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. Also read: Ratings: 'People's Choice Awards' Inches Up; ABC Wins With 'Modern Family' Despite averaging a middling 2.8 rating  in the 18-49 demographic this season -- a feeble number compared to the 5.4 for "Modern Family" and the »

- Greg Gilman

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‘The Middle’ Producers Are Ok With “Underrated”: TCA

10 January 2013 5:37 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage. Modern Family is such a hit for ABC that entertainment president Paul Lee just referred to it as simply “Modern” during a morning TCA panel. Everyone on the planet would know what show he meant. But if ratings are any indication, the TV viewership is not on such a first-name basis with another ABC Wednesday night comedy, The Middle. At today’s late afternoon panel on the show, executive producers DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler joked that they were going to go to a bar and have a drink for every time a TV critic calls the show “underrated.” Related: ‘Body Of Proof’ Producers On Season 3 Changes: TCA Still, the producers and cast members who attended the panel (Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer, Neil Flynn and Patricia Heaton), said they are pretty satisfied with the show’s 8 Pm time slot and the »


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