The Middle gets the spin-off treatment
Although ABC’s The Middle ended last May, the Heck family will still live on in a brand new spinoff, according to Entertainment Weekly. The new series focusing on Eden Sher’s Sue Heck has been greenlit by ABC. The Middle creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline will write and executive produce on the new show.
The official logline for the pilot was released by ABC and reads: “Cue the Sue happy dance. More Sue Heck is on the way. The series follows the twentysomething adventures of eternal optimist Sue Heck as she leaves the small town of Orson to navigate the ups and downs of a career and young adulthood in the big city of Chicago.”
Since its debut in 2009 when it helped launch ABC’s hit Wednesday night comedy block, The Middle was 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 was 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 starred in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. 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. Frankie works as a dental assistant, and her unflappable husband, Mike, is manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average – yes, most definitely average – family.
The Middle starred Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.
The Middle was created and is executive produced by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline. The series is from Warner Bros. Television.