A series that has attracted critical acclaim and awards recognition will be wrapping up its run on ABC after a ninth and final season. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey announced plans to bring an end to “The Middle.”
Created and executive produced by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, the series from Warner Bros. Television stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.
Said Dungey: “The Heck family has been part of the ABC family for almost a decade. It’s rare for a series to have this type of longevity, and we are proud to have been its home. We’ve watched Axl, Sue and Brick grow up right before our eyes under Frankie and Mike’s unique parenting style. I’m looking forward to the fitting and happy ending the producers will give the Hecks and our viewers.”
Since it premiered in 2009, “The Middle” has received three Humanitas Prize nominations, with a win in 2016 for Heisler and Heline, and has regularly received attention from the Critics Choice Television Awards.
In a statement, Heisler and Heline said: “Last year we sat down with our cast and made the bittersweet decision together that in this ninth season it is time to bring the Hecks’ story to a close. It’s been an amazing run, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we’re looking forward to having an entire year to say goodbye. Plus, we wanted to go out before too many people knew we were on the air.”
“The Middle” (ABC)