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'The Middle' Star Patricia Heaton Says She's Lost Work Due to Her Conservative Views

by PopEater Staff, posted May 19th 2011 6:30AM
Patricia HeatonPatricia Heaton, star of 'The Middle' and 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' is known in left-leaning Hollywood for her conservative stance on weighty issues like abortion and stem cell research.

Although Heaton is happy to explain how important her Christian faith is to her, and how it shapes her views and career choices, she feels that her views have caused her to lose potential roles in the past.

"My feeling is all these things come from God and as long as I know I'm staying in line with Him, I don't have to worry if there is backlash," she told me during a visit to AOL's New York offices. "God will open any doors he wants to open and if he closes doors that's fine to."

Telling me that she has many gay friends and doesn't oppose gay marriage, Patricia gets frustrated being automatically lumped together with other conservatives, a characterization she says has cost her possible work.

"We know for a fact there are some people who have said they wouldn't want to work with us because of our politics," she said, with her husband David Hunt adding, "We get lumped in with lunatics."

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Buying Her First Bikini Pushes Sue Into Insanity on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 19th 2011 5:42AM
'The Middle' - 'The Bridge'According to 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC), Sue Heck went through a rite of passage toward womanhood this week when she decided to get her first two-piece bathing suit. And everything was going swimmingly until she hit the dressing room.

We loved how the exasperated mother yelling at her own teenage daughter when the Hecks first got to the dressing room was just a foreshadowing of things to come between Frankie and Sue. Immediately, Sue hated every swimsuit, how they looked on her body and even her knobby knees, which she blamed her mother for.

By the end of it, Frankie was shouting at her daughter the exact same line we'd heard from the first mother. "Do you think this is fun for me? This is not fun for me! Just pick out a damned suit!"

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ABC Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Jean Bentley, posted May 17th 2011 9:35AM
Charlie's AngelsABC announced its fall 2011 schedule this morning, and there are a few surprises on the lineup.

New series 'Apartment 23,' 'Good Christian Belles,' 'Man Up,' 'Missing,' 'The River' and 'Scandal' are all being held until mid-season, as are returning shows 'Cougar Town' and 'Secret Millionaire.'

'Charlie's Angels' nabbed the prime Thursdays at 8PM slot, while 'Extreme Makeover Home Edition' is moving from Sunday nights to Fridays to make room for new series 'Once Upon a Time' at 8PM, with 'Pan Am' debuting in the 10PM slot.

Check out the full fall schedule below.

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Patrick Gets to Meet His Hero, Atticus Shaffer, on 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 16th 2011 4:01AM
Patrick Sharrock & Atticus Shaffer, 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'Patrick Sharrock suffers from OI (Osteogenesis Imperfecta), otherwise known as brittle bone disease. His family was selected for the season finale of 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC) to provide him with a bigger and safer home, which will give him more freedom than he's ever had before.

But a new house wasn't the only treat in store for Patrick and his family. While on their vacation, Patrick was treated to a visit by one of his idols, Atticus Shaffer. The breakout star of 'The Middle' has the same disability as Patrick, but doesn't see it that way.

"It's technically called a disability," Shaffer told the Sharrocks, "But I don't see it in any way disabling us. I'm able to do all the things I really want to do, just a little differently and more carefully."

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Frankie Gets Swept Up in Royal Wedding Fever on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 21st 2011 12:47AM
'The Middle' - 'Royal Wedding'When Royal Wedding fever struck the Midwest, Frankie Heck got a bad case of it on 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC). The allure that a commoner could wake up one day and find herself a princess was just magical enough a fantasy that she could get swept up in the beauty of it.

For a fleeting moment, perhaps, she had the chance to step outside her own mundane existence and imagine opulence beyond imagination. And for a reasonable price, she could bring some of that opulence into her home, as she did when she ordered a commemorative plate, tea cup and ... necklock?

"Now here's something of historical significance," Mike said, pulling it out of the box. "In case we want to pinpoint the exact moment when you lost your mind." Axl nailed it by comparing it to the clocks Flava Flav wears around his neck.

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Doris Roberts to be Punched by Betty White, Books 3 Guest Roles

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 14th 2011 12:30PM
Doris RobertsDoris Roberts is an unstoppable machine. An acting, machine that is.

The 'Everybody Loves Raymond' star is guest starring on not one, not two, but three shows at the end of this TV season.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Roberts will reprise her role as Brick's teacher and go toe-to-toe with Patrica Heaton, her former 'Raymond' co-star, once again on the May 25 episode of 'The Middle.'

"Patty and I go head to head once again," Roberts told EW. "I still think I'm right about her kid and she still thinks I'm evil and mean."

The actress made her first appearance in the season 2 premiere.

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Top 10 Thriftiest TV Families

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 3rd 2011 12:01AM
Sure, TV land has always been filled with characters who live in impossibly large New York City apartments ('Friends' gang, we're looking at you!). But there are also TV types who represent their more modest salaries in a realistic way.

For example, no one could turn a lump of cheap meat into a hearty meal for a family of five like Roseanne Conner, and few look cuter clipping coupons than 'The Middle''s Frankie Heck. And, with our shaky economy these days, it was only a matter of time before reality TV caught up -- enter TLC's 'Extreme Couponing' (premieres Wed., April 6, 9PM ET).

In honor penny-pinching pioneers and frugal mamas everywhere, we proudly count down our 10 favorite thrifty primetime families.

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Family TV Guide: 'The Middle'

by Rich Keller, posted Mar 7th 2011 4:00PM
The Family Heck: Frankie, Axl, Sue, Mike and Brick'The Middle'
Network: ABC
Air Date: Wednesday, 8PM ET
Starring: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer, Charlie McDermott
TV Rating: Between G and PG, depending on the episode's language or situation

What's It All About?
The Hecks are a middle-income, middle-class family of five living in a middle-American suburb in Indiana. Though Mike and Frankie Heck work multiple jobs to make ends meet, they still find time to be in the lives of their three children: Sue, a junior high schooler who seems to be invisible to the rest of the students as well as the teachers; Axl, their 16-year-old son who tends to walk around in just his underwear while at home; and Brick, their very intelligent third-grader who likes to read, has social issues and repeats words in a stage whisper.

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Frankie Fires Off an Angry Drunk Letter to the Principal About Brick's Teacher on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 3rd 2011 1:12AM
'The Middle' - 'The Math Class'It's important to be involved in your children's education. But, as we learned on 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC), it's probably best not to involve alcohol in your involvement. Doris Roberts returned as Brick's teacher, and she continued to get under Frankie's skin at every turn.

Frankie tried to reconnect to Brick's situation at school when he started getting Ds on his math tests. But after meetings with his teacher weren't going well, Frankie decided to take a more direct approach. An approach inspired by beer.

She fired off a letter to the school principal. In it, she implied that Brick's teacher was a drunk, and possibly a former Nazi. "What do we really know about her?" she wrote.

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Axl and Sue Fight Over the One First Class Seat on the Family Trip to New York on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 24th 2011 2:21AM
'The Middle' - 'Hecks on a Plane'The Hecks have never tried to have any misconceptions about their middle class existence on 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC). Maybe that's why first class proved to be too much for them to handle.

The real problem was in that there was only one first class ticket on their flight to New York -- it was a free upgrade -- so they family opted to share the deluxe accommodation. But that meant the kids agreeing to share, and that doesn't usually work out so well.

When Sue went up to get Axl for the first shift switch, he opted to fight for the seat in the way any irrational teenager would who doesn't think their actions through.

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Mike Makes Matters Worse Trying to Help Brick at His Valentine's Party on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 10th 2011 3:24AM
'The Middle' - 'Valentine's Day II'Sometimes it's better to just stay out of things that don't have to do with us specifically. Especially when it's to do with our kids. We may go into it with the best of intentions, but it almost never winds up that way. Mike tried to help Brick with a secret Valentine's situation, but wound up pushing things too far on 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC).

Brick wrote an anonymous Valentine to Autumn, a girl he had a crush on but didn't have the nerve to approach directly. He was hoping the Valentine would break the ice a bit.

But when she approached Mike with it and asked if Brick had written it, Mike said another kid had done it. He thought he was helping.

"What did you say to Autumn?" Brick said, horrified. "She's hugging Jake while holding my Valentine?"

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Frankie Has a Fight With Herself Since Mike Won't Fight With Her on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 13th 2011 2:14AM
'The Middle'While 'Modern Family' gets all the accolades, and 'Cougar Town' gets a lot of attention for its terrible name, 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM on ABC) has just been sitting back and making a quality family sitcom for a season-and-a-half now.

The performances and characters are neither outrageous nor sensational, but they are genuine and honest.

Take, for example, this week's major crisis for the Heck family. Frankie accidentally bought a $200 bottle of make-up, thinking it was $20. Unable to return it, she and husband Mike had to take on extra jobs to make ends meet.

But what was eating Frankie up about it was that Mike wouldn't yell at her, even though she admitted to the screw-up. So she took care of the yelling for him by having both sides of the argument.

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ABC Renews 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Modern Family,' 'Castle' and Three More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 10th 2011 1:10PM
Grey's AnatomyABC is giving six of its shows an early vote of confidence: The network announced at its TCA press conference this morning that several of its veteran series will be back next season.

Among the series getting early renewals are 'Grey's Anatomy' (TV's No. 1 drama) and sister series 'Private Practice,' which will return for their eighth and fifth seasons, respectively, while 'Castle' gets a fourth.

The network also picked up three of its half-hour Wednesday night comedies for third seasons: 'Modern Family' (TV's No. 1 comedy), 'Cougar Town' and 'The Middle.' Missing from that bunch: the struggling freshman series 'Better With You.'

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'The Middle': Brick Discovers the Internet, to His Parents' Horror (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 6th 2011 10:00AM
Brick Talks Internet Discovery on 'The Middle'Brick Heck has just made a discovery on the Internet -- when he conducted a search for 'Moby-Dick,' "the hard edition." Uh-oh. "You can't believe what came up," he tells his parents on 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC).

Mike replies, "Oh, I'm afraid we can," and he and wife Frankie hold their breath for what's coming next.

"All these first editions of stuff! It's all right there, rareprintbooks.com," Brick explains. His parents exhale a sigh of relief, until Brick adds, "Oh, and then I met some guy online who wants to meet me at the park."

"Maybe we should've taken him to the library..." says Frankie.

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'The Middle' Family Argues Over Past Christmas Presents (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 9th 2010 9:30AM
'The Middle' Family Talks Christmas PresentsFrankie and Mike have added two visual aids to their family meeting on 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC). The first is a blue shower radio. Axl was desperate for it last Christmas, but it remains unopened. Sue chides him, but "exhibit B" is the exact same thing -- in pink. She hasn't open hers either.

"Wouldn't it be great if we as a family could rethink just doing what we always do and find a way to reclaim Christmas -- the good parts?" Frankie asks her children.

"Oh my God, they're not getting us presents!" exclaims Sue. This will not stand.

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