The Middle was created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, who also serve as executive producers. Eileen Heisler and DeAnnHeline have worked together for over 19 years writing for some of television's biggest shows. They met each other while at Indiana University and have been friends ever since. They both got their break on ABC's Doogie Howser, MD, leading to them writing on the staff of the hit show Roseanne. During their time working together, Roseanne won a Peabody Award, the Humanitas Prize and a Golden Globe. They soon went on to produce the show Murphy Brown, where star Candice Bergen won two consecutive Emmys for episodes written by Heisler and Heline. They have since worked on shows from Ellen to How I Met Your Mother and have created and produced shows such as Three Sisters and Lipstick Jungle.