ABC's 'The Middle' prepares for the end, and cast is here to celebrate

BEVERLY HILLS  — What the Heck? The frugal Hoosiers are moving out of Orson.

After nine seasons, ABC’s The Middle will end its run next spring with an hour-long finale. 

The comedy, which realistically portrays a perpetually cash-strapped Indiana family, stars Patricia Heaton and Mike Flynn as Frankie and Mike, the parents of slacker Axl (Charlie McDermott), perky Sue (Eden Sher) and quirky Brick (Atticus Shaffer). Its farewell season will feature the return of favorite characters, and some touching moments, maybe even for notoriously unemotive Mike (who seems not too distant from Flynn).

Will Sue get a spinoff? “I don’t have much range as an actor,” Sher said, joking that even if she got another role, she would still be playing Sue. 

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The Middle premiered a week after Modern Family, and has long been overshadowed by it. Though never a hit or an Emmy winner, it proved a reliable performer that opened Wednesday nights for many years, and will finish its run on Tuesdays this fall.

Said Heisler: “Our show’s always been a little like Mike: ‘Don’t stick your head too far above the weeds.” 

But it resonated among fans for its focus on the heartland, and away from the coasts TV writers seem to love.  

“People in the middle of the country have been honored” by its depiction of “their everyday life,” executive producer Eileen Heisler told the Television Critics Association Sunday, and the setting has won new currency in this divided nation.

“Our timing really sucks,” joked Heaton. “We’re planning the end of the show, and suddenly it’s a hot topic.”

 

 

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