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Brace yourself for The Middle’s return and the launch of Black-ish!
September 24th, 2014 under The Middle. [ Comments: none ]


The Middle is back on ABC tonight at 8p and it is a HUGE day for Sue (Eden Sher)! She is finally getting her braces off after 8 years. Which is perfect timing for her because she gets them off just as school starts. Therefore, she can start off her Senior year with the biggest non-metalic smile ever. Does this mean things are finally going to change for her?
She isn’t the only one going through a change, Brick (Atticus Shaffer) and Axl (Charlie McDermott) also have some changes going on too. Brick has a new hobby and Axl has big father/son moment. A moment that will change his relationship forever with his dad (Neil Flynn).
Oh and did I mention they have a total Heck moment when they realize that they didn’t know school started Monday and it’s now Friday? Yeah, that goes just as you think it will. And that is why we adore The Middle.


Then at 9:30p it is time for Black-ish, that is more than funnyish.
Andre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) is an African-American man living in a predominantly White neighborhood with his wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), and their four children. He feels that his family is losing their racial identity and he will do anything to help them regain their roots. Something that isn’t as easy as do as he thought. Will he learn to make a compromise or just accept the fact that his family is different than him? Each week, he will be tested and we will be in hysterics.
ABC is adding a lot of races to its lineup this season, and everyone of these sitcoms are ones that people of all races and religons can enjoy. So mark your calendars for all of them starting tonight with The Goldbergs and Black-ish.

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Hey The Hecks, It’s The Middle’s season finale, where you gonna go?
May 21st, 2014 under The Middle. [ Comments: none ]


Tonight at 8p on ABC’s The Middle, The Hecks are leaving Indiana and traveling to Disney World in Orlando for their 1 hour season finale. Since it’s The Hecks they are not going to fly, instead they are going to spend two days in the car together. So imagine what that is going to be like for them with all 5 of them trapped in an automobile for 2 whole days. Especially since they are going out of their way to stop off in North Carolina, so Brick can meet his girlfriend. That’s right Brick (Atticus Shaffer) has a girlfriend, (and he finally uses his Whoop properly) and wait until Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike (Neil Flynn) meet her parents. It goes as bad as you think it would.
Now since it is a long drive, Axl (Charlie McDermott) will take some of the load off of his parents and sit behind the wheel for a bit. So when Sue (Eden Sher) hears this, she asks if she can drive for a part of it too and they make the mistake of her letting her do that. Will they ever get to Disney World?
Well, of course they do, and once they get there, they find out their tickets are for Disneyland in California, not Disney World in Orlando. Will they be able to get in to the wrong park?
You just have to tune into this endearing season finale to find out. There are so many sweet moments in this episode, you will want to hug it as hard as you can.

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The Hecks go to Disney World on The Middle and Nashville goes to hell!
May 14th, 2014 under The Middle. [ Comments: none ]


Tonight at 8p on ABC’s The Middle, The Hecks are leaving Indiana and traveling to Disney World in Orlando. They are not going to fly, instead they are going to spend two days in the car together. So imagine what that is going to be like with the 5 of them trapped in an automobile for 2 days. Especially since they are going out of their way to stop off in North Caroline, so Brick can meet his girlfriend. That’s right Brick (Atticus Shaffer) has a girlfriend, and wait until Frankie (Patricia Heaton), and Mike (Neil Flynn) meet her parents.
Now since it is a long drive, Axl (Charlie McDermott) will take some of the load off of his parents and sit behind the wheel for a bit. When Sue (Eden Sher) hears this, she asks if she can drive for part of it and they make the mistake of her letting her do that. Will they ever get to Disney World? You just have to tune in to this extremely endearing episode to find out.
And make sure to watch it all the way until the end of this first parter for a classic cliffhanger, you will never see coming. It will make you laugh because it is that original.


Then at 10p, it is time for Nashville to end its season and goes out like a country song.
Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) wants to be released from her contract because Jeff Ford (Oliver Hudson) is threatening to tell Avery they slept together unless she signs with him. But when Avery (Jonathan Jackson) finds out about it from a different source, how will he react to the news? Let’s just say he gives an Emmy winning performance.
Also on tonight’s season finale someone gets engaged, someone reveals a shocking secret to their lover while another person tells the person they are in love with how they feel about them.
You don’t want to miss each shocking moment that is more shocking than the one that airs before it. And the reveals don’t stop coming until the credits roll.

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Aw Heck, The Middle’s Christmas is wrapped with a big beautiful bow!
December 11th, 2013 under The Middle. [ Comments: none ]


It is that time of year to celebrate Christmas with the Hecks on ABC at 8p on The Middle, and this episode delivers like Santa on Christmas morning.
Mike (Neil Flynn) thinks it is going to be the perfect Christmas because Frankie’s (Patricia Heaton) parents aren’t coming this year, so he is really looking forward to spending it without the in-laws. Meanwhile Frankie is happy to have her son, Axl (Charlie McDermott), home all the way from college. Only problem is he would rather spend the time with his friends from high school. The two of them will try to work out a deal, but it will be tough negotiations. Talking about tough, Brick (Atticus Shaffer) gets a costly financial lesson tonight when he gives his mom the wrapping paper he was selling for school so he could get a gift. Frankie wants him to learn a lesson, so she makes him find a way to come up with the money to pay for those 20 rolls of wrapping expensive paper. Brick being Brick finds something else to sell to earn the money and then he has to find something to else to make up for that and so on. You just have to see what he is panhandling so he can make back that original $97 that is now so much more.
And then there is our sweet Sue (Eden Sher), Christmas was made for her but she was not made for Christmas. The happiest high schooler is handed some lemons and yet again she somehow makes lemonade as she makes laughs hysterically!
So tune in for a family Christmas episode that is unlike anything else on television and that is why The Middle is so enjoyable.
And you must watch all the way through for something that a lot of dad’s will now be trying with their sons that have grown up and moved out. It is the sweetest and most touching moment on television this season thus far. I hope that ABC posts that moment because it is something that every parent needs to use on their kid and I want to share it with all of you.
BTW I just had to share with you the greatest wrapping paper that I got with the screener.

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The Middle turns 100 and the cast enjoys every minute of it!
October 23rd, 2013 under The Middle. [ Comments: none ]


Tonight at 8p The Middle turns 100 and a big reason why the family sitcom to this milestone is not only the writing, but also the amazing chemistry between the cast. On Saturday, I attended the party to celebrate their centennial episode and it was evident that not only do they enjoy what they do but also they enjoy who they are working with on The Middle.
On tonight’s episode the town of Orson is also celebrating turning 100 and Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike (Neil Flynn) have the distinct honor of riding the main float which is a cow. The night before the parade, they have to guard the float and we find out how they wound up in Orson and not Chicago like their original plan. It is a sweet moment between the two and since this is The Middle, it won’t last.
They aren’t the only ones taking part in the festivities, Brick (Atticus Shaffer) thinks he has come up with the motto for the town’s next 100 years. It really is a good one, but is it the best one? That is up for the town to decide. Shaffer told me about one motto that didn’t make the show, but it was his personal favorite. One of the prop guys came up with, “Orson enjoy your dairy air.” It is much funnier when you read it aloud.
Axl (Charlie McDermott) has new idea to make money quickly at the parade. Will it work out better than his past ideas or will it go down in flames like something else on the show tonight?
Then there is Sue (Eden Sher), who is trying to enjoy the festivities as much as she can now that she knows her boyfriend has moved on. Will this finally be the one thing that gets her down? Who are we kidding, nothing can get our Sue Heck down and that is just how we like it!
The Middle is turning 100 because it’s that rare show that deserves to make it to this honor. The Hecks are you, they are me and they are everyone we know. That is why every week we find ourselves tuning in for it.
So what does turning 100 mean to the cast? It means something different to all of them, but they all agree that they love their jobs. For Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn it means it’s their second sitcom in a row that has gotten to that magical number, and it is something they don’t take lightly. Heaton told me that going from Everybody Loves Raymond to The Middle, “I find it miraculous. I kind of want to turn around and see if anyone is going to take it away from me. It is sort of crazy that this happened. I am very grateful.” Flynn has this to say this about going from Scrubs into another hit, “I’m twice as lucky. I am fortunate to have it happen once, but twice.”
Now while they have been here before, for the three actors who play their kids this is the longest they have been on or at something. Charlie McDermott summed up that feeling with, “This is the largest thing I have ever done. I don’t think I’ve done a 100 of anything before this. So it is nice to spend that much time on something I enjoy a lot. It is really cool to be here.” His TV sister, Eden Sher, added, “It means that I am a lucky child. It means I am examine my life every day and I cry from gratitude.” As she answered the question to what it means to hit this milestone, you can tell she really is in awe of it all! Then her younger TV brother, Atticus Shaffer, said it perfectly when he told me, ” It took a long time to accomplish, but it’s been a lot of fun along the way.”
Aw Heck, if they can have fun along the way as they make The Middle, then we can have as much fun watching what they made. Something that is very easy for us viewers to do every Wednesday at 8p on ABC. The Middle is about the Heck family and in a way that is what they have become to us. But unlike our real family we get to shut them off after a half hour. Which is about as much time as we actually enjoy spending with our real families. Also unlike our real families, we get to laugh with them every week.
So here is to 100 more episodes of The Middle!!!

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