An ABC series that’s on the way out received a morale boost from the network in the form of a two-episode extension. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network bumped up the season nine order for “The Middle” to 24 episodes.
The comedy starring Patricia Heaton will end its run when the current season wraps up. The sitcom, produced by Warner Bros. TV, is closing in on its 200th episode, which is scheduled for Dec. 8.
The move comes just days after ABC added two episodes apiece to the orders for three other shows — “Grey’s Anatomy,” “black-ish” and “American Housewife.”