Long-Running ABC Series Renewed

Jan 25, 2017  •  Post A Comment

A comedy series that has been a fixture on ABC was just picked up for its ninth season. The show is “The Middle,” which is currently airing season eight and will return in the fall.

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey announced the pickup.

“‘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 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 announcement adds: “Since its debut in 2009 when it helped launch ABC’s hit Wednesday night comedy block, ‘The Middle’ has been a strong performer and a dependable anchor in the 8 o’clock hour. In its move this season from Wednesday to Tuesday night in the 8:00 p.m. anchor position, ‘The Middle’ launched yet another successful comedy block, with ABC claiming Tuesday’s top comedies this season. Improving its half-hour by 22% year to year with Total Viewers, ‘The Middle’ is ABC’s most watched comedy in the Tuesday time period in 5 years — since 2011-12 with the debut season of ‘Last Man Standing.'”

Two-time Emmy winner Patricia Heaton stars as Frankie Heck in the single-camera family comedy. “Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck is a harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact,” ABC notes.

Neil Flynn stars as Frankie’s husband, Mike, with Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

“The Middle,” from Warner Bros. Television, was created and is executive produced by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline.

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