With ‘The Middle’ Reaching The End, What Will Patricia Heaton Miss?

After nine seasons, The Middle will say goodbye next week, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the Heck house when production wrapped. Patricia Heaton says there are a lot of things she’ll miss about the show: her character, her TV family, and the on-screen community built by the show’s creators. (Click on the media bar below to hear Patricia Heaton)

The Middle’s hour-long series finale airs Tuesday night at 8:30/7:30c.on ABC.

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From Beginning To End, Patricia Heaton Loves ‘The Middle’

148072_7408As The Middle comes closer to reaching the end — ABC’s hit comedy is in its final season — its stars have been reflecting back on the show and its success. Patricia Heaton knows it’s not easy for a show to win over both critics and viewers, as The Middle has done, and she’s proud of the way the show started strong, and only got better as it went along. (Click on the media bar below to hear Patricia Heaton)

 

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Patricia Heaton: Why Everybody Loves ‘The Middle’

Now in its final season, ABC’s hit comedy The Middle has managed to win raves from both viewers and critics throughout its nine-year run. Patricia Heaton leads the ensemble cast as the matriarch of the Heck family, and for her, there’s a certain sense of déjà vu — her last family-oriented sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, also lasted nine seasons and gained critical acclaim, earning her a pair of Emmy awards along the way. Heaton says there are lessons to be learned by comparing the two shows and figuring out what made them both successful. (Click on the media bar below to hear Patricia Heaton)

 

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That’s a Wrap: The Week in TV News

crane_kick-1024x590Break ’em out of the body bag, Johnny! YouTube Red reportedly won a competitive bidding process for Cobra Kai, a 10-episode series starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka that will continue the Karate Kid story 30 years later. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series centers on the down-and-out Johnny who reopens the Cobra Kai dojo and the successful Daniel who is seeking balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor. Both men work through their demons by returning to karate. The series is expected to launch in 2018.

Though no episodes have aired yet, NBC has already renewed the revival of Will & Grace for a second season (tenth overall), while also pushing the upcoming season episode order to 16, by adding four more James Burrows-directed installments. Meanwhile, it’s also been revealed that the series creators will ignore the original series finale that flashed forward each of the characters lives, choosing for a fresh narrative. Look for Will & Grace back on NBC’s airwaves Sept. 28.

The Manny meets Rocky?! It’s true! During this week’s TCA press tour, This Is Us series honcho Dan Fogelman confirmed that Sylvester Stallone will guest on the upcoming season of the series in at least one episode as a co-star of Kevin (Justin Hartley) in the film he’s shooting with Ron Howard. The two actors bond on set, with Stallone coming off as a father figure for Kevin. This is Us returns to NBC Sept. 26.

Break out those pastels! According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC is getting in business with Vin Diesel to help revive one of their most popular franchises – Miami Vice. Diesel will executive produce the Miami Vice reboot with Shana Waterman, Chris Morgan and Ainsley Davies.

Aw heck! EW has revealed that The Middle‘s upcoming season will be its last. The ABC family sitcom has made the decision to end its run after nine seasons. The upcoming season starts Oct. 3 and the series will end at the conclusion at the 2017-18 TV season.

MTV is bringing back Total Request Live. According to the New York Times, the network will bring back its popular studio show featuring music guests and actual videos this October. The show is expected to have a variety of hosts.

Great News will get an on-camera assist by off-camera executive producer Tina Fey this coming season. It was revealed that Fey will cameo as Diana St. Tropez, a fierce business exec that Katie (Briga Heelan) idolizes, who penned a book called Boss Bitch. The series returns for its second season Sept. 28 on NBC.

Topher Grace may be returning to television. The That ’70s Show star would reportedly frontline Treasure Squad, a dramedy he also co-wrote and will executive produce. Deadline reports that he show centers on a group of childhood friends who used to go on treasure hunts in their youth reuniting after years apart for one last adventure. Will Gluck will reportedly direct.

Timeless star Abigail Spencer has landed a multi-episode arc on Grey’s Anatomy as Megan Hunt, the presumed dead sister of Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd). The character had been previously played by Bridget Regan. TV Line reports that Timeless’ late Season 2 start allowed for Spencer to take on the role.

Hawaii Five-Whoa! Blossom star Joey Lawrence will guest on the upcoming season of CBS’ Hawaii Five-0. Variety reports that Lawrence will play Aaron Wright, the brother hacker Ian Wright, who frees a dangerous arsonist from prison. Those keeping up on Hawaii Five-0’s mythos will remember Ian Wright was portrayed by Nick Jonas before his character was killed off.

Allison Williams has landed a plum gig after her Girls run, starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the five-part limited series Patrick Melrose. Deadline reports the show centers on the title character’s journey from privileged but troubled youth to adult substance abuser and eventually his road to recovery. Williams will play Marianne, one of Patrick’s acquaintances during his playboy years.

Oh Goldbergs, you’ve done it again! The ’80s-centric show will reportedly feature Weird Science actor Ilan Mitchell-Smith as a teacher during its Sept. 27 premiere. In addition, pro wrestler Bill Goldberg is set to guest at another point this season as Coach Mellor’s brother.

Lifetime has renewed UnReal for a fourth season, even though the third season has yet to premiere. Look for the third season to start in early 2018.

ABC’s Quantico has cast Marlee Matlin for its upcoming third season. Matlin will portray a former FBI agent Jocelyn Turner who lost her hearing in a bomb blast. Though the accident forced her to be re-assigned, Matlin’s character will be enlisted for a special unit featuring several returning characters.

NCIS: Los Angeles has added Nia Long to its ranks. According to TV Line, Long will play Shay Mosely, a former Secret Service agent who becomes the team’s new executive assistant director. The show’s ninth season starts Oct. 1

TV Line reports that Laura Benanti has been upped to a series regular for The Detour‘s upcoming third season. Benanti recurred during Season 2 as a postal service inspector investigating Nate and Robin.

Freeform will bring back the Bella Thorne-starring series Famous in Love for a second season.

The Freeform spinoff of ABC’s Black-ish starring Yara Shahidi now has a new title and several new cast members. The 13-episode series that has Shahidi’s Zoey going off to college will now be known as Grown-ish. Shahidi is joined by Emily Arlook, Trevor Jackson and Chris Parnell as newly announced series regulars.

Emma Roberts will return to the American Horror Story canvas for its upcoming season, American Horror Story: Cult. While most of the show’s roles are being kept under wraps, it’s known that Billie Lourd, Lena Dunham, Allison Pill, Colton Haynes, Billy Eichner and Leslie Grossman have all joined the cast, along with returning AHS alums Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, Cheyenne Jackson and Adina Porter.

After a successful first season on CBS All Access, The Good Fight will return for season two but with some changes. Audra McDonald, who appeared as Delroy Lindo‘s estranged wife, will reprise her role as attorney Liz Lawrence while a full-time cast member. Meanwhile, Erica Tazel‘s attorney Barbara Kolstad will be exiting for the second season.

Deadline reports that actress Emma Booth will recur as a wicked witch during the seventh season of ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

Meagan Good is ready for a Showtime callback! Good will reportedly guest star in two episodes of the new Jay Pharoah comedy White Famous for the network, but it’s a role that fans may already be familiar with. Good will reprise her role as Kali, a young pop star, who first appeared on Showtime’s Californication. Kali reportedly is friends with Sadie (Cleopatra Coleman), the former girlfriend of Pharoah’s character, who is also the mother of his child.

Starz will bring back The Girlfriend Experience for its second season on Nov. 5, with the season following two parallel storylines with new characters and plot lines.

AMC has landed director Eli Roth to executive produce AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror. The six-part series is expected to arrive in 2018.

Break on the TV Beat: Brent Musburger, The Middle, X-Men + More

140346_group-900x750A broadcasting legend is set to step down. ESPN has announced that Brent Musburger will call his final game on Jan. 31, doing play-by-play for the Georgia-Kentucky college basketball matchup. Musburger’s career took off in the ’70s as he anchored the CBS NFL pre-game show. After being let go by CBS, he was quickly scooped up by ABC Sports and has transitioned into a role with the affiliated ESPN as well.

Want more of The Middle? Your wish is granted as TV Line reports that the long running ABC sitcom has been picked up for a ninth season. The Middle moved to Tuesdays this year and has given the network its most watched sitcom in the time slot in five years.

X-Men are invading the small screen. While many are aware of the upcoming Legion series for FX, Fox has also reportedly ordered an untitled Marvel action-adventure series from former Burn Notice chief Matt Nix. According to The Wrap, the show will center on a family who have a child with mutant powers and are forced to go on the run and team up with an underground collective of mutants in order to survive.

Everything old is new again! Netflix has announced plans to bring back the former Bravo series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. According to EW, the reimagined series aims to move to the Big Apple with plans to “turn the Red States pink one makeover at a time.”

NBC has given a pilot order to a big screen update of the 1991 film What About Bob? However TV Line reports that there is a twist with the central characters being female and the sitcom being titled What About Barb? The film featured Bill Murray as a clingy psychiatric patient who worms his way into his doctor’s [Richard Dreyfuss] family vacation. No word yet on casting.