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Patricia Heaton & Neil Flynn Talk 'The Middle,' Competing with 'Modern Family' & More

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 22nd 2010 9:00AM

Even though they didn't get nominated for an Emmy (and win -- ahem, 'Modern Family') or go on tour all summer (ah, 'Glee'), the cast of 'The Middle' is ready for their second season.

I sat down with stars Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn to hear what they have in store for their little engine that could sophomore show, including an 'Everybody Loves Raymond' blast from the past for Patricia in the season premiere (Wed., Sept. 22, 8PM ET on ABC). They also take stabs at what art-imitating-life stories we might see, including Japanese exchange students and Harlem Globe Trotters.

And when talking about 'Modern Family' -- part of their same ABC comedy block -- and the fact that they've already gotten to do a big Hawaii vacation episode, these comedy pros take it all in stride: "Well, they seem like nice people." Gotta love that attitude.

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The Middle reminds me of the family structure of Malcom in The Middle. They both live very hard middle-class lives, which both offer harsher mirrors of reality than what Modern Family does. The situations on Modern Family are funny but probably won't ever happen to us. The situations in The Middle are funny because they've probably happened to us before.

September 23 2010 at 1:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Middle is the best show on TV. Those characters are just like me and people I know.

September 22 2010 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jean frank

I enjoy both shows! And feel that it would be terrible to lose either one. But having said that, most of the people I know are more The Middle than the Modern Family. I don't get to go to Hawaii either. And my house is modest as is my life style. And though Modern Family got all the love, like a favored child, doesn't negate the worth of The Middle!

September 22 2010 at 3:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, no one on The Middle should say a thing about Modern Family.

Middle has way too many problems as it is.

September 22 2010 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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