'The Core Group' - Season 8, Episode 1
Frankie and Mike are excited to meet April - the love of Axl's life - but discover that love may indeed be blind when April reveals a quirky personality trait. Meanwhile, after getting bit by the acting bug while working at Dollywood over the summer, Sue wants to change her major to theater, and Brick is starting high school and making it his mission to try for a fresh start and not be considered one of the weird kids.
Air Date: October 11th at 8/7c on ABC.
Last Episode: 'The Show Must Go On'.
ABC has announced the eighth season premiere of The Middle, "The Core Group", which airs October 11. For its eighth season, The Middle has a new home on Tuesdays at 8/7c.
"The Core Group" - Frankie and Mike are excited to meet April - the love of Axl's life - but discover that love may indeed be blind when April reveals a quirky personality trait. Meanwhile, after getting bit by the acting bug while working at Dollywood over the summer, Sue wants to change her major to theater, and Brick is starting high school and making it his mission to try for a fresh start and not be considered one of the weird kids. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.
Announcing its fall 2016/17 schedule yesterday at the Upfronts in New York, ABC revealed it is moving The Middle to Tuesday nights for its eighth season.
The show will be leaving its Wednesday night 8/7c time period, which the show has held since its second season, to head up a new two-hour block on Tuesdays.
On Tuesday nights, The Middle will kick the night off at 8/7c, followed by new sitcom American Housewife at 8:30, returning sophomore sitcom Fresh off the Boat at 9/8c, and returning freshman comedy The Real O'Neals at 9:30. Superhero drama Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D rounds off the night at 10/9c.
Over on Wednesday nights, The Goldbergs takes the 8/7c slot, new sitcom Speechless follows at 8:30, Modern Family remains at 9/8c, and black-ish retains the 9:30 time period. New drama Designated Survivor finishes the night off at 10/9c.
ABC's comedy stable is rounded out with Last Man Standing and Dr. Ken on Friday nights at 8/7c and 8:30, respectively.
ABC has released the synopsis for the seventh season finale of The Middle, "The Show Must Go On", which airs Wednesday, May 18.
“The Show Must Go On” – After almost forgetting that Brick’s middle school graduation is only days away, Frankie goes on a mission to right a wrong when Brick discovers that the song he was supposed to sing at the ceremony has been cut. Meanwhile, Sue needs to be at Dollywood to begin her summer job on the same day as Brick’s graduation, and Axl takes a job as a country club counselor and finds himself being mocked by a 10-year-old carbon copy of himself, on the season finale of “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network.
The Middle has already been renewed for an eighth season on ABC which will air this fall.
ABC has released the synopsis for the May 11 episode of The Middle, "Find My Hecks", the penultimate episode of the season.
“Find My Hecks” – Now that summer vacation has begun for Sue and Axl, and they are both back at home, Frankie and Mike attempt to set a curfew for them after they end up coming home from a party at 2 a.m. But after arguing that they don’t have a curfew while away at college and won’t abide by the rule, Frankie comes up with an idea that will clandestinely let her know where both of them are at all times. Meanwhile, as middle school graduation nears, Brick desperately tries to discover who he’s up against for class valedictorian, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.
As we approach the end of The Middle's seventh season, remember not to worry as The Middle has already been renewed by ABC for an eighth season.
"Not Mother's Day" - After enduring year after year of botched Mother's Days, Frankie declares that the family gets to take a pass on doing anything at all for her this year. But after a man offers to buy Frankie's groceries at the market when she discovers that she forgot her wallet - and tells her to pay the kindly gesture forward - she decides to have the family pull each other's names out of a hat and do something nice for that person, which doesn't go as smoothly as planned, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.
ABC has released the synopsis for the next episode of The Middle, "The Lanai", which airs Wednesday, April 27.
“The Lanai” – Frankie is excited to lay out and relax on her new backyard lanai – aka patio – that Mike and his workmates built for her. But peace and serenity become hard to come by when new neighbors, with three screaming kids, move in next door and make it next to impossible for Frankie to find some quiet time. Meanwhile, Brick questions Mike as to whether his workmates helped build The Lanai because they are his friends, or because he’s their boss; Sue and Lexie draw a winning number in the dorm lottery and score the perfect room but find it difficult to kick out its current occupants; and Axl and Hutch open up a grilled cheese food truck out of their Winnebago, with a reluctant Kenny as their chef, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.
ABC has released the synopsis for the April 13 episode of The Middle, "Survey Says...".
"Survey Says..." - Frankie is thrilled when Sue invites her for lunch at the college. But lunch becomes awkward when Sue brings her new boyfriend along – Jeremy, the school activist – and the two of them begin bombarding Frankie with everything she and the world, in general, are doing wrong. Meanwhile, Axl informs a very disappointed Mike that he wants to quit football, and Brick overly obsesses over filling out a satisfaction survey after ordering some graph paper online.
ABC has released the synopsis for the April 6 episode of The Middle, "Crushed".
“Crushed” – Sue develops a huge crush on one of her college professors and goes to extremes to get him to notice her, and Frankie and Mike agree to meet Brick’s girlfriend Cindy’s parents, who end up being just as quirky as their daughter, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network.
ABC has released the synopsis for the next episode of The Middle, "A Very Donahue Vacation", which airs Wednesday, March 23.
“A Very Donahue Vacation” – After making some extra money from the diaper business, Mike surprises a rather unenthusiastic Heck family with a spring break vacation at Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. In the hopes of livening up what is perceived to be a lame vacation, Frankie suggests that the Donahues join them. While Mike visits all of the attractions on his own, Nancy asks a not-so-thrilled Frankie to speak with Sean to try and talk him into taking his MCATs; Axl enlists Brick to help him pick up women by playing “Jerk/No Jerk” – with Brick in the role of the “Jerk”; and Mike is anything but excited when an exuberant Sue reveals some news to him about her upcoming summer plans, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network.
ABC has renewed The Middle for an eighth season as the network announced a raft of early renewals, breaking with its tradition of holding off on renewals until the May Upfronts.
The Middle will be returning in the 2016/17 season with Wednesday night stablemates Modern Family, The Goldbergs and black-ish. Tuesday night sitcom Fresh off the Boat is also renewed.
Following a change at the top of ABC with Channing Dungey replacing Paul Lee as president of entertainment, the network broke with its recent tradition and revealed a spate of renewals. In recent years ABC's shows have had to sweat it out until the Upfronts in mid-May before their fate was officially revealed. Even ABC's most popular sitcoms including The Middle and Modern Family,whose renewal was basically assured, were not renewed before May. ABC now not only joins the other networks in the trend of renewing shows early, but it has actually leapfrogged the other networks to secure renewals this far from the Upfronts.