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Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year is always a hotly-contested list - with only 25 spots to allocate, many of our favourites miss out by a whisker.
Here's a smattering of series that almost made the final countdown - these are the best of the rest.
Additional material by Tom Eames
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Though we'd never go so far as to say that familiarity breeds contempt when it comes to The Fall, it is true to say that the second series of Allan Cubitt's crime thriller lacked a little of the impact of the 2013 run. »
10. The Leftovers
There have been a number of new and returning shows that have enthralled, horrified, excited, and caused numerous other emotional reactions among the viewing public. However no show, new or old, has left an impression as deep as that of HBO’s The Leftovers. While the series’ 10 episode first season ended its run in early September, its impact has lasted much longer, making it a strong entry in the list of the best shows of 2014.
The key strength of The Leftovers is its seeming disinterest in what caused the event at the center of the show. The series’ decision to focus on the effect rather than the cause not only sets it apart from nearly everything else on television, it also helps develop the show’s wide swath of characters. In addition, putting the disastrous event as the backdrop, rather than at the forefront, allows the audience to »
Of all the mothers on TV, Patricia Heaton’s Frankie rings truest. So much for the Real Housewives of anywhere — Frankie’s the real deal: no heels, no full makeup and no afternoons filled with lunching out and shopping. Now in its sixth season, ABC’s The Middle (Wednesdays) continues to find amusingly relatable storylines. And Heaton, a mother of four boys ages 21, 19, 17 and 15, can more than relate to Frankie, although she’s happy she’s got boys vs. her complicated TV daughter Sue (Eden Sher). “They are much easier than girls. There is never too much emotional drama. Boys … Continue reading →
- Jacqueline Cutler
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
Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Middle" episode 9 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "The Christmas Wall," and it sounds like things will get quite dramatic as Frankie starts to feel unappreciated. Mike gets cheated on an artificial Christmas Tree buy, and more. In the new, 9th episode press release: Frankie has had enough of schlepping out the Christmas decorations and is going to be trying to make the perfect holiday for her family -- who she feels doesn't appreciate all that she does for them -- and decides to kick back on the couch and have a minimalist Christmas this year. In the meantime, due to Sue's allergy to real Christmas trees, Mike is going to attempt to purchase an artificial one and ends up not getting what he paid for. Axl will put Boss Co. back into business for the holidays as »
- Andre Braddox
A floor sink and tiny table should’ve been reason enough for the Hecks to spend their Thanksgiving in a restaurant. In the past, they usually celebrate holidays with extended family coming over but it’s obvious that we don’t need Molly Shannon or Norm MacDonald to make another unforgettable holiday episode of The Middle. The kids’ significant others (plus Devin Levin) join the immediate family at the $7.99 buffet. Sue is somehow only just noticing that her dad doesn’t like Darrin. I suppose Mike never made his digs at Darrin before when Sue was in the room, but it’s cute to see Sue so stressed over trying to make the two of them bond. It only gets worse when Darrin tells the waiters it was Mike’s birthday so that they would sing to him. I don’t know about you, but I also hate when that happens. »
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Ausiello: My spies in South Africa — yes, my network of moles spans the globe — tell me that the show recently shot an elaborate funeral sequence at a chapel in Cape Town presumably to air in the season finale. I have my theories about the identity of the dearly departed, but I’m more interested in who you think it is. Hit the comments!
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The Performer | John Carroll Lynch
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The Episode | “Edward Mordrake: Part 2“
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The Performance | Arguably, Lynch could’ve been Performer of the Week every week since Freak Show’s debut. After all, from the moment we saw him in costume as Twisty — and glimpsed the rage behind his haunted eyes — he scared us silly. But in the wake of his heartrending work this week, there could be no debate. Just as Mordrake’s demon face knew that Twisty was “the one” for their unhappy family, »
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 »
Since she got her first break while working in a salon—where a customer helped her get a role to get her SAG card—Julie Meyer has appeared on a variety of shows in guest spots, from Southland to How I Met Your Mother to The Middle and The New Normal. Her first real gig was doing sketches with Jay Leno on The Jay Leno Show, so she's had some interesting experiences during the five short years she's been acting in Los Angeles. Add another one to the list: She was cast in a supporting role on NBC's upcoming Adam McKay »
- Kyle Ryan
A trip to Sydney’s classmate’s house on Thursday — you know, to make her apologize for being a tiny terror — led to the conversation no fan of the show, or fan of true love for that matter, ever wanted to hear: “We need to tell them we’re not getting back together.”
In the end, though, Julia couldn’t bring herself to say those words — or anything close to those words — to their kids. Instead, she told Sydney that the future is uncertain, »
"I'm pretty sure at some point we'll get nominated for some stuff and my prediction is that Eden Sher as Sue Heck will be our first nominee!" proclaimed two-time Emmy champ Patricia Heaton about her co-star on "The Middle" back in 2011. Heaton, who plays Frankie Heck on ABC's most underrated comedy series, was referring to the actress who plays her hilariously dorky daughter Sue on the laffer. -Break- For five years now, Sher has brought one of the most outrageous, endearing, and funny characters to life week after week with mountains of critical praise, nominations, and awards (Critics Choice, 2012) but has yet to receive any praise from the Emmys. It can be said that the TV academy is to Sher what high school is to Sue - a club that will require some grand feat for her to get any recognition, when in reality she should already be one of the most popular people there. »
[This post contains plot details from The Middle season 6 premiere episode, which aired on Sept. 24]
The Middle’s greatest skill has always been balancing the absurd with the relatable. Is it likely that someone would wear braces for eight years, then have her teeth shift only a day after they come off? No. But how many families have searched through a restaurant Dumpster for a lost retainer? (I lost mine at a Piccadilly.) This ridiculous/mundane split is what makes watching a family in middle America so fun—even after six seasons.
Luckily, we get all of that in “Unbraceable You.” After their trip to Disneyland—or was it World?—the Hecks have spent their »
- Dalene Rovenstine
Warning: The following contains spoilers from Tuesday’s premiere of Faking It. If you have yet to watch, head to a different TVLine story. Everyone else, read on…
Someone’s Faking It no more!
On Tuesday’s Season 2 premiere, the reason Lauren has been taking pills was exposed, and it was definitely not a drug addiction. The pint-sized mean girl is actually intersex — hence, the hormone pills — and now all her frenemies know the truth.
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TVLine chatted with executive producer Carter Covington and the cast about Lauren’s journey, »
In celebration of "Friends" turning 20 this week -- and the release of three new boxed sets of the series -- Warner Bros. compiled a 236-second supercut recognizing some of the greatest moments from the show's 236 episodes.
The clip highlights iconic scenes featuring Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courteney Cox), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) throughout "Friends"' 10-series run, including Phoebe singing "Smelly Cat," Joey asking "How you doin'?," and Ross shouting "We Were On A Break!" (For the record, we're Team Rachel all the way on that one.)
It's a great reminder of how fun and irreverent the series was, and why it remains a favorite staple of TV syndication today. Check it out below, and chime in with your favorite "Friends" memories in the comments.
The "Friends" box sets "The Beginning" (seasons 1-3), "The Middle" (seasons 4-7), and "The End" (seasons 8-10) are available now. »
- Katie Roberts
At long last, the Kepner family tree is complete. Or at least it will be this fall when Grey’s Anatomy formally introduces April’s mother.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Connie Ray (The Big C, The Torkelsons) has been cast as the Kepner clan’s matriarch, Karen. This is technically a recast, since the character appeared briefly (sans dialogue) at April’s wedding to Jackson last season played by a different actress (the first person to ID said mystery actress in the comments wins a 20% off coupon to Bed Bath & Beyond).
Related Fall TV Spoilerpalooza: Exclusive Scoop and Photos From 42 Returning Favorites, »
Chicago – iO Chicago continues the Grand Opening at its new venue with one of its most famous alumni – the illustrious Joel Murray. Besides opening the seventh season of “Mad Men” with a brilliant monologue as Freddy Rumsen, Murray brings his “Joel Murray & Friends” show to the new iO Chicago on August 30th.
Murray is the youngest of the famous “Murrays of Wilmette, Illinois,” which includes brothers Brian-Doyle, Bill and John, plus sister Nancy. He is also one of the earliest members of the former Improv Olympics – now called iO – which grew from its modest beginnings in Chicago with founders Del Close and Charna Halpern to their latest multi-theater venue on Kingsbury Street. Joel Murray comes back to his roots with “Joel Murray & Friends” in The Mission Theater at the venue, which will feature some other famous iO alumni including Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”), Mitch Rouse (“According to Jim”), Kevin Dorff (“Conan »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Another Saturday Night Live alum is heading to Pawnee.
The seventh and final season of Parks and Recreation is expected to premiere in 2015. »
- Natalie Abrams
The veteran character actor (Luck, Spin City) will guest-star in the ABC comedy’s Sept. 24 season premiere as the orthodontist for the Heck family’s ebullient middle child, though the procedure won’t exactly be straightforward.
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As previously reported in Matt’s Inside Line, Sue gets her braces removed despite the “protests” of Kind’s character — and “as it turns out, »
Shameless’ Emmy Rossum, The Middle’s Eden Sher, and Modern Family guest star Elizabeth Banks are the reigning queens of comedy—at least according to EWwy voters, who’ve crowned them best actress, best supporting actress, and best guest actress, respectively, in our 7th Annual EWwy Awards for the Emmy-snubbed. All three phoned in to EW Radio (SiriusXM 105) on Aug. 18, when the winners were announced live. Listen to their full interviews below.
- Mandi Bierly
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