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The Middle: Season 4 has now finished. The Middle has been renewed by ABC for a fifth season and will be back this Fall!
Previous Episode: 'The Graduation'.
ABC has renewed The Middle for a fifth season, according to various media reports. The network has not officially confirmed the renewal, though the news does not come as a surprise.
Though the show has often seemed to miss the attention of critics, The Middle has garnered solid ratings as the lead-in to the network's popular Wednesday night two-hour comedy block.
Joining The Middle in being renewed the show's Wednesday night stablemates, The Neighbours, Suburgatory and Modern Family. ABC has also reportedly renewed Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Castle, Nashville and Friday night sitcom Last Man Standing.
ABC has issued the press release for the fourth season finale of The Middle. Marion Ross (Happy Days) guest stars as the Vice Prinipal at Brick's school.
"The Graduation" - As graduation day approaches, tension begins to build between Frankie and Axl when he ignores her requests for answers about The Graduation party she's planning for his special day. Meanwhile, Sue hopes that the sixth time's the charm as she once again attempts to pass her driver's test; and during his final days of elementary school, a forgetful Brick is reminded by Vice Principal Dunlap (Marion Ross) that he's the class historian and is responsible for putting together a slideshow highlighting the last four years of school for the school assembly, on the Season Finale of "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"The Graduation" was written by Tim Hobert and directed by series co-creator & execeutive producer Eileen Heisler. With The Middle's fourth season wrapping up thoughts of course turn to the question of a fifth season. Following last year's trend of avoiding early renewals, ABC has not yet officially renewed The Middle for next season. The show's chance of renewal is, however, practically a certainty, so don't worry much! ABC will be confirming its fall schedule at the UpFronts next week, so we will receive official confirmation very soon.
ABC has issued the press release for the May 15 episode of The Middle, the penultimate episode of the show's current season. Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) returns as Frankie's dentist boss, Jack McBrayer, in the episode. Dave Foley also reprises his role as Brick's school therapist.
"The Ditch" - While waiting in line at the power company to pay a late bill and dressed in her lab coat for her new dental assisting job, people mistake Frankie for a doctor and let her cut in front of them so that she can finish her business quickly and get back to saving lives. But when one of those people shows up at Dr. Goodwin's (Jack McBrayer, "30 Rock," "Wreck It Ralph") office for a dental checkup, Frankie tries to keep up the charade, which leaves her new employer completely perplexed. Meanwhile, Axl discovers that Sue has a perfect attendance record at school and convinces her to ditch a day to live life on the edge; Dr. Fulton (Dave Foley) tries to find out why Brick is so opposed to going to middle school; and Mike and Axl's fishing trip takes a turn for the worse when a distraction causes Mike to crash the boat he's towing, wedging it into a ditch, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
You can find more information about this episode in our Episode Guide.
ABC has announced the details for the May 8 episode of The Middle.
"Hallelujah Hoedown" - As Mother's Day approaches, Frankie wants to ensure that Mike gets her something she actually wants for a gift and informs all of the kids of her wish so that at least one of them will clue in a clueless Mike. Meanwhile, Sue asks Reverend TimTom for advice when she begins to resent her friends' happiness over getting their driver's licenses after she has repeatedly failed the test, and Cassidy stuns Axl with some bad news during the prom, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
More information about this episode is available in our Episode Guide.
ABC has announced the details for the next episode of The Middle, which will air Wednesday, May 1. Jerry Van Dyke reprises his role as Tag, Frankie's dad, in the episode.
"From Orson with Love" - After discovering that Sue's life, as defined on Facebook, is pretty pathetic, Frankie creates an online alias (or two or three) and tries to make her daughter as popular as possible. Meanwhile, after reading Tuesdays with Morrie, Frankie's healthy dad, Tag (Jerry Van Dyke), coerces Mike into listening to his long-winded life stories on a weekly basis; and Axl and Brick attempt to garner interest in getting a bunch of baby bunnies and kittens adopted by producing a viral video starring the animals in a James Bond knockoff, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
More information about this episode can be found in our Episode Guide.
Wednesday's episode of The Middle finished a solid third place in the ratings for its time slot, being squeezed by American Idol on Fox and Survivor on CBS.
"The Name" was watched by 6.90 million people, down by over a million from the previous episode a month earlier. In the important adults 18-49 demographic, The Middle scored a 1.8/6 rating, dropping from 2.1/6 on February 27. The Middle ranked third by all key ratings.
ABC has issued the press release for the April 10 episode of The Middle. Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) guest stars as a potential employer for Frankie, while Jim Beaver (Supernatural) guest stars as Brick's untrustworthy scout master. Marsha Mason also returns as Frankie's mother, Pat, in the episode.
"Dollar Days" - After successfully graduating from dental assisting school, Frankie attempts to interview for a job but discovers that, when asked about herself, she doesn't quite know how to describe who she is. Meanwhile, when Axl gets his band their first paying gig at the Orson Dollar Days, Sue becomes a 'Yoko' to boyfriend Darrin's 'John' and begins to offer unwanted advice to the group; and when Brick informs Frankie and Mike that he has joined the Prairie Scouts, Mike ends up reluctantly having to lead his quirky troop's camping trip. Jack McBrayer ("30 Rock," "Wreck It Ralph") guest stars as Dr. Goodwin, who interviews Frankie for a possible job, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
More information about this episode is available our in Episode Guide.
ABC has issued the press release for the April 3 episode of The Middle. The Bachelor's Chris Harrison provides a voice-over for the episode.
"The Bachelor" - Frankie can't hide her disappointment over whom "The Bachelor" chooses to marry and ends up moping around the house for days about it; Mike tries to toughen Sue up when she joins the school's tennis team and continually compliments her opponents during their matches; and Axl and Cassidy try to figure out where their relationship stands after their big fight, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
You can read more about the episode in our Episode Guide.
ABC has announced the details for the next episode of The Middle, which is set to air Wednesday, March 27. Molly Shannon returns as Janet, Frankie's sister, in this episode.
"The Name" - Frankie's sister, Janet (Molly Shannon), comes to the rescue and offers to help run the Heck household while Frankie studies for her dental assisting school finals. But the sheer amount of disorganization in the house throws perfectionist Janet for a loop. Meanwhile, when Cassidy's ex-boyfriend pays an unexpected visit from college, Axl tries to take the high road and not act like a jealous boyfriend; and Sue wants to legally change her middle name -- which is also Sue -- in order to have a normal name on her driver's license, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
More information about this episode is available in our Episode Guide.
This week's episode of The Middle finished a solid third in the ratings, ranking behind American Idol on Fox and Survivor on CBS.
"Wheel of Pain" had an audience of 7.97 million people, down from 8.27m the previous week. The Middle scored a 2.1/6 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, slipping two tenths from the last episode's 2.3/7 rating.