ABC has issued the press release for the upcoming season premiere of The Middle, "Vive La Hecks", which airs Tuesday, October 3.
On the season premiere episode, “Vive La Hecks,” airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, Axl returns home from his summer trip to Europe, sporting a man-bun and embracing a new, chill European outlook on life. Mike just wants him to clean up and look for a job, but Frankie thinks Axl will do this on his own and asks Mike to give him a little breathing room. Meanwhile, because Sue worked the entire summer at Spudsy’s and missed out on having any fun, she decides to cram in a whole summer of fun in two days before going back to college; Brick makes the decision to break up with Cindy because he doesn’t want to be tied down in a relationship when he’s about to embark on the revelry of his “big sophomore year”; and Frankie desperately tries to come up with an item for a time capsule that’s being buried under the Orson cow that will make the town remember the Hecks when it’s opened in 100 years.
After nearly a decade on the air, The Middle will be concluding with its ninth season.
The Middle: Season 8 is available on DVD today from Amazon.com and the Warner Archive.
The three-disc manufactured-on-demand release includes all twenty-four episodes from The Middle's eighth season.
In The Middle’s hit eighth season, the Heck kids continue to smash through their comfort zones and navigate new situations – which may or may not be comforting to parents Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike (Neil Flynn). Axl (Charlie McDermott) may be living out of a Winnebago, but he has discovered the love of his life. Meanwhile, always-optimistic Sue (Eden Sher) has caught the acting bug in Dollywood and is changing her major to drama. Now in high school, Brick (Atticus Shaffer) has made it his mission to fit in with his peers – and not be one of the weird kids. With an emptier nest, Frankie and Mike cut back on the parental duties – which is easier said than done, as parenting continues no matter where your kids are. Balancing kids and work never really gets easier. It just gets different!
ABC announced today that The Middle will end with its upcoming ninth season.
The Middle premiered in 2009 and has been a steady performer for ABC since. The show originally aired on Wednesday nights as part of a comedy block with Modern Family. In recent years, The Middle has led its own comedy block on Tuesday nights.
Discussing the end of the show, The Middle co-creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline said, "Last year we sat down with our cast and made the bittersweet decision together that in this ninth season it is time to bring the Hecks' story to a close. It's been an amazing run, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we're looking forward to having an entire year to say goodbye. Plus, we wanted to go out before too many people knew we were on the air."
The Middle was renewed for its ninth season back in January. The final season will begin Tuesday, October 3 at 8/7c on ABC.
ABC has issued the press release for the eighth season finale of The Middle, "Fight or Flight".
This episode was directed by The Middle's co-creator and executive producer Eileen Heisler.
Fight or Flight – Having finally graduated college, Axl tells Frankie and Mike that he’s planning on going to Europe over the summer with Kenny. Although Frankie thinks this is a great once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Mike is less than pleased and thinks his slacker son should be putting all of his summer efforts into finding a job. Meanwhile, Sue begins to panic after she barely scrapes a parked SUV and doesn’t hear back from the owner after leaving several notes on the windshield, and Brick discovers that his sudden onset of backaches is due to not sitting in his lawn chair, which was replaced by a normal kitchen-table chair, on the season finale of “The Middle,” TUESDAY, MAY 16 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
ABC has already renewed The Middle for a ninth season so the show will definitely be back for another year.
ABC has issued the press release for the May 9 episode of The Middle, "The Final Final".
The Final Final – Frankie, Mike and Brick begin to notice that their luck has changed dramatically for the better after the Prairie Scouts accidentally paint the Donahue’s address on their curb; and after missing his final college test before he graduates, Axl pleads with his teacher to let him take it, otherwise he won’t be able to graduate. Meanwhile, Sue confides to Brad that her sophomore year in college was kind of a letdown. But a chance to speak to students at her former high school about college life leads her to a realization about her status as a student while at Orson High. A talk with Brad leads into an impromptu musical number about Sue’s many accomplishments over the years, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, MAY 9 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.
ABC has released the synopsis for the May 2 episode of The Middle, "Clear and Present Danger".
Clear and Present Danger – Frankie frantically searches the house for Axl’s graduation gift, which she bought months before and hid; Sue decides that she wants to make a sweet video for Mike’s upcoming birthday – even though the family warns her that he probably won’t like it; and after Cindy embarrasses Brick by strong-arming and chasing away a boy who was bullying him, Brick turns to Axl to help get him into shape so that he can stick up for himself, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, MAY 2 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
ABC has released the synopsis for the April 18 episode of The Middle, "Adult Swim".
Adult Swim – After discovering that he doesn’t have a decent suit to wear for upcoming business interviews, Frankie is thrilled when Axl agrees to let her take him shopping to help him pick out a suit; and when Mike threatens to do away with the family summer pool if Sue and Brick don’t start using it, they begin to worry that he and Frankie may take even more things away from around the house from their childhood that they don’t use anymore as they edge towards adulthood, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, APRIL 18 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
ABC has announced the April 11 episode of The Middle, "The Confirmation". Monica Horan (Everybody Loves Raymond) guest stars in the episode, reuniting with her former Raymond co-star Patricia Heaton.
The Confirmation – After being reminded that Brick was never confirmed, Frankie and Mike send him to Reverend TimTom’s Wilderness Jesus Jam weekend camp to brush up on his religious knowledge in preparation for the blessed event. But Brick is shocked to discover that his bunkmate is no other than Blake Ferguson – the boy he was switched at birth with and raised by his parents for the first month of his life, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, APRIL 11 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
Charlie McDermott directed this episode.
ABC has released the synopsis for the next episode of The Middle, "The Par-Tay", which airs Tuesday, April 4.
The Par-Tay – Bill Norwood is so upset with Mike for poaching his plumber at a reduced rate that their friendship could be at risk. Meanwhile, after having a fun mother-daughter picnic, Frankie is crushed when Sue – who usually tells her everything – won’t divulge who the mystery guy is that she has a crush on; and Brick convinces Axl to let him hang out with him at college over the weekend – not to visit the library but to have some fun and par-tay! on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, APRIL 4 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
ABC has released the synopsis for the March 14 episode of The Middle, "Exes and Ohhs".
Exes and Ohhs – After Axl runs into just about all of his ex-girlfriends while attending a St. Patrick’s Day party – including Devin Levin, Cassidy and even Weird Ashley – Hutch tells Axl that the universe is trying to tell him something about his love life, and that he must speak with each of them to try and figure it out. Meanwhile, Brick discovers that Frankie and Mike aren’t half as thrilled as he is when he buys an old microfiche machine at a library sale; and not knowing that Tyler is set to take Sue to the Chancellor’s Ball, Sean Donahue pays her a surprise visit and offers to escort her to it, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, MARCH 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.