ABC has announced The Middle will move to the Tuesday 8:30/7:30c slot from April 3 as the show's final season heads towards the series finale.
The Middle is making room for the hotly anticipated return of Roseanne, the hit sitcom starring Roseanne Barr which originally ran from 1988 to 1997 on ABC. The show's full original cast, including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert, are back for the nine-episode revival.
Roseanne followed the lives of the working-class Conner family in Lanford, Illinois as they struggled to get by. Memorable faces from the show's run, including Sandra Bernhard and Estelle Parsons, are set to guest star. Johnny Galecki, who starred in Roseanne for three seasons and now stars in The Big Bang Theory, will also feature in an episode.
“The Christmas Miracle” – It’s Christmas time, and Frankie and Sue are devastated after Axl informs them that he’s not going to church this year because he’s beginning to question his faith. Meanwhile, Mike goes to war with the Glossner kids after they keep defacing his new, giant inflatable snowman; and Brick goes all out in an attempt to wrap his first present for a planned Christmas Yankee Swap, on “The Middle,” airing as part of Disney|ABC’s special “25 Days of Christmas” programming event, TUESDAY, DEC. 12 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
The 200th – “The Middle” celebrates its milestone 200th episode! When Orson is named as one of the top 200 most livable cities in Indiana, Frankie is reminded that she has to come up with something to place in the time capsule that will be buried in the base of the newly rededicated Orson Cow. Meanwhile, when Bill Norwood informs Mike that he and Paula are separating, Mike is gobsmacked and starts to appreciate Frankie more; in order to win back Cindy, Brick must complete three acts of bravery for her; and Axl volunteers Sue to be his personal assistant to impress prospective employers, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, DEC. 5 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
ABC has issued the press release for the November 21 episode of The Middle, "Eyes Wide Open".
Eyes Wide Open – Axl heads to Chicago to visit Hutch for the weekend but discovers that his friend, who has his own apartment and a job, is now acting more like a responsible adult than the free-spirited college student he once knew. Meanwhile, Sue’s excitement over having the apartment to herself over the weekend turns to horror when she is unable to sleep after watching “Silence of the Lambs”; and Brick enlists Frankie and Mike’s aid to help convince Lilah, a new student who doesn’t know anyone at school yet, that she and Brick would make a cute couple, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, NOV. 21 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
ABC has ordered an additional two episodes of The Middle's ninth and final season.
The Middle has frequently seen a 22-episode order upped to 24, with its first seven seasons all running that long. The Middle's eighth season featured 23 episodes.
The Middle's ninth season is still in production with the show recently taping its 200th episode.
With the additional two episodes, The Middle will have produced 215 episodes by the time it comes to an end in the spring.
ABC has issued the press release for the November 14 episode of The Middle, "Thanksgiving IX".
“Thanksgiving IX” – The Hecks take a hectic road trip for Thanksgiving to Frankie’s sister’s house but soon find themselves running into barriers that could make them late to the feast; and with Axl now working with Sue and Brick at Spudsy’s, they have been informed by their manager that, due to budget issues, one of them needs to quit, and they must decide amongst themselves which one will take the hit, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, NOV. 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.
ABC has issued the press release for the November 7 episode of The Middle, "The Setup". Marsha Mason returns as Frankie's mom, Pat.
The Setup – Frankie is tasked with being at her mom Pat’s (Marsha Mason) beck and call when she has to stay for a few days at the Heck house after coming down with an ailment. Meanwhile, just when it looks like Sean is about to ask Sue out on a date, Sue nervously blurts out that maybe they should both try to set each other up on a date with one of their friends; and Axl and Brick ponder what it is exactly that Mike does at the quarry, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, NOV. 7 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.
ABC has issued the press release for the October 31 episode of The Middle, "Role of a Lifetime".
Role of a Lifetime – While Axl tries to invent a new beverage that mixes wine with beer and Brick decides to join the school orchestra in an attempt to play the field and find himself a new girlfriend, Mike asks Sue to take the reins in putting together a romantic evening for him and Frankie to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary – which both of them totally forgot. Frustrated with being the family member whose role is to do everything they ask of her without complaint, Sue puts her foot down and declares she will no longer be that person, which causes the rest of the Hecks to rethink and rebel against what their supposed familial roles have been, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, OCT. 31 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
Halloween VIII: Orson Murder Mystery – As Halloween approaches, Frankie discovers that a woman had died in the bathtub of the Heck house close to 50 years ago, and Frankie and Brick become convinced that she was murdered and, much to Mike’s chagrin, attempt to track down and find the murderer. Meanwhile, Axl and Lexie become frustrated over losing their alone time when Sue insists on hanging out with them wherever they go, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
ABC has issued the press release for the October 17 episode of The Middle, "Meet the Parents". Lisa Rinna (Days of Our Lives) guest stars as Lexie's mom, Tammy.
Meet the Parents – Frankie is stoked when Axl invites her and Mike to meet and have dinner with girlfriend Lexie’s rich parents, Tammy (Lisa Rinna) and Bennett. But Frankie is worried that their less then luxurious lifestyle may put a damper on their meeting. Meanwhile, Brick is excited to be a part of the Sophomore Slammer fundraiser, in which fellow classmates fake arrest each other and friends come to pay money – which will go to charity – to bail them out. But Brick soon discovers that no matter how hard he tries, he just can’t get arrested, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.