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Outside the Box Interview With 'The Middle' Stars

by Neil Busch, posted Dec 7th 2010 7:30PM
Why do 'The Middle' Outside the Box Interview'The Middle' co-stars Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn always get cast as blue-collar characters? The actors sat down with us to answer that question and more submitted by readers for our Outside the Box interview show.

The two sitcom veterans joked that their limited range and acting abilities have typecast them, with Flynn noting that "no one has ever tried to have me play the rich guy in the mansion on the hill. What dictates it I think is my appearance. You can only play what you look like you're supposed to be."

Heaton wryly added, "I'm limited, I can only play moms.'

Jokes aside, they also talked about how personally close they are to their characters and their surprise at how often topics and scenarios mimic their real-life families.

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'The Walking Dead' Finale Scores 6 Million Viewers, 'The Middle' Gets Two Extra Episodes and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 6th 2010 6:40PM
'The Walking Dead'The fact is simple: Americans love zombies and quality character dramas. Proof? 'The Walking Dead' season finale pulled in 6 million viewers on Sunday night.

According to AMC, the first season finale brought in a staggering 4 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic. Repeated airings of the finale brought the combined total to 8.1 million viewers.

Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until at least next summer -- or even October -- for season 2.

In other TV news ...

ABC's 'The Middle' will get two extra episodes this season. The network announced today that it is bumping the sophomore show's episode order up to 24. [TV Guide]

Joel McHale isn't letting his day job on 'Community' get in the way of his hosting duties for 'The Soup.' The comedian/host/actor has signed on to the E! show for two more years. [Deadline]

More details have emerged on Katie Couric's 'Glee' appearance. The news anchor will dance to the song 'Tea for Two' with Mr. Schuester, Jane Lynch confirmed. [Access Hollywood]

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Bill Cosby vs. Atticus Shaffer on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 30th 2010 6:30AM
Bill Cosby vs. Atticus Shaffer on 'The Tonight Show'Kids can say the darndest things. At least, they do when Bill Cosby is around. On the new 'Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), the legendary comedian was the guest -- but he wasn't even the main event! Instead, the 73-year-old actor and comic was just the "warm-up act" ... for 12-year-old Atticus Shaffer.

Shaffer, star of the sitcom 'The Middle,' is at least very respectful to his elders. Atticus joked that after learning he would be appearing with "the Cos," he suffered a mild stroke. "When I got the phone call ... I heard I was going to be on 'Jay Leno'; I picked myself up off the floor from fainting. ... Then they said that I'm going to be on after Bill Cosby -- then my heart skipped a beat."

Aw, how polite! But would this be a sufficient level of tribute for Mr. Cosby? Apparently not. The comedian gestured at Atticus while furrowing his brow: " ... Is that all?" What? You want more than Atticus having a heart attack?

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'The Middle': Mike Confronts Daughter's 'Mean Girl' Friend (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 18th 2010 9:00AM
'The Middle': Mike Confronts Sue's Mean FriendOn 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC), Sue must navigate the catty friendships that dominate a girl's junior high experience. Her dad Mike thinks his assistance is necessary. While the teenager and her friends study in the family kitchen, one Mean Girl has a "funny story" about a teacher that ends up centering on her own academic greatness.

Mike delicately notes that the story was neither about the teacher, nor funny. The girl says, "I guess what I was trying to say -- without bragging -- is I'm usually top of the class, but ... I've been crazy busy. The teachers are saying they don't know how I do it all."

Mike questions her again: "You do know what bragging is, right?" Sue is embarrassed by his intrusion. Her dad says, "What, just helpin' with the vocab, ya know, in case it's ever on a test."

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'The Middle': Brick's Birthday Story (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 4th 2010 8:26AM
'The Middle': Brick's Birthday StoryOn the new episode of 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC), youngest child Brick Heck learns the true story of his birth ... on his birthday. The horrifying tale has been kept hidden for many years. But now that Brick (Atticus Shaffer) is turning nine years old, he wants to know what really happened.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]


Brick's birth involved a slight mishap -- just a minor switcheroo. When Frankie and Mike Heck (Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn) arrived at the hospital, they went to the wrong room. The room really belonged to a "Mrs. Ferguson" -- but it was huge and swanky, and even had a flat-screen TV. Frankie pretended to be Mrs. Ferguson in order to keep the place, saying that she wanted to experience "the horrors of childbirth in luxury" for once.

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'The Middle': Teenage Bad Ideas, Making Out, and Throwing Up (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 28th 2010 11:17AM
'The Middle': Teenage Bad Ideas, Making Out, and Throwing UpOh, to be a teenager again! After all, adolescence is the best time to come up with really bad plans that never work. Generally, these plans involve "hottie" girls. And yeah, these plans always fail. But at least they're entertaining.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

On 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC), it's Halloween time! Which equals girls in skimpy costumes. Teen son Axl Heck (Charlie McDermott) has an idea. He and his pals will take some "hottie" girls to a local haunted house. Once they're inside, the ladies will be so overcome with terror that they'll fall gratefully into the boys arms. Then, kissing will happen.

Of course, there are flaws with this plan. One of them: Even the boys are scared of the haunted house, and no one has made it through "without barfing." And barf doesn't generally lead to romance. But Axl shrugs away his friends' objections: "Think about it! [The girls] throw up all over the place, look to us for comfort. Boom! We're making out with them!" Brilliant! The guys high five, overcome by their own genius.

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'The Middle': Welcome to America! (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 21st 2010 1:14AM
'The Middle': Welcome to America!If what you really want is a pet, then you shouldn't get a human being. Animals are fluffier, after all. Plus, you don't really have to talk to animals so much. It's a win-win all around.

On 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC), youngest son Brick Heck (Atticus Shaffer) really wants a dog. But his mother Frankie (Patricia Heaton) decides to go in a different direction. She adopts a Japanese exchange student instead.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

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The Show Girl Talks 'Luther,' 'The Big C,' 'Giuliana & Bill' and 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 15th 2010 10:00AM
Idris Elba, 'Luther'The reality TV craze isn't going anywhere, so it's nice to see Giuliana and Bill Rancic proud that their titular show skews much more "normal." But that's not to say they don't love the over-the-top stuff ... I get their reality TV guilty pleasure confessions.

I've also got scoop on this week's multicultural episode of 'The Middle' from stars Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn, and they share what other ripped-from-their-lives storylines we might see on the show.

Then I gush all over Laura Linney's 'The Big C.' I love it, I love her and I will officially follow fabulous guest star Idris Elba anywhere. So it's a good thing his new mini-series, 'Luther,' is such a unique and exciting thrill ride. Seriously -- watch it.

Got questions? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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Brick's Magic Trick Goes Wrong on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 14th 2010 11:20AM
Brick Tries Magic on 'The Middle'On 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC), Frankie Heck's youngest child Brick (yep, Brick) has a new magic trick to show her. It goes well. Too well. His top hat is "a portal to another dimension in time," and he sends the TV remote to "oblivion."

It actually disappears. But Brick can't manage to summon it back. "OK, where is it?" asks Frankie. "That's not funny, Brick. We need that remote. What are we supposed to eat dinner to -- the radio?!" He answers, "I'll summon it after my nap." Or they may just have to ... talk to each other.

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'The Middle' -- Dealing With the Terror of Adult Diapers (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 7th 2010 12:40AM
'The Middle' -- Dealing With the Terror of Adult DiapersOne sure sign of impending old age is that you have to get fitted for adult diapers. Though actually, the preferred term for "adult diapers" is "briefs" -- since the word diapers is considered a little, well, babyish. Still, whatever you call them, they can't be that much fun. And on 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC), Frankie Heck must confront the fact that she is old enough to be a candidate for an "adult incontinence product." Yikes.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Frankie (Patricia Heaton) is lounging around at home, when her daughter Sue (Eden Sher) calls on the phone. Sue is off at a babysitting assignment. However, the parents haven't left her any diapers -- and the baby in question is "double-loaded, " which sounds kind of ominous. Sue needs diapers right away, and so Frankie is pressed into service.

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'The Middle' Is The Ultimate Retro Sitcom

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 6th 2010 5:00PM
the_middle_abc_2010Like diving into a chicken pot pie, watching ABC's comedy 'The Middle' is all about comfort food. It's the ultimate retro sitcom in today's plugged-in, iPod, PC world of families unable to relate to each other.

The family on ABC's 'No Ordinary Family,' for instance, needs super powers to bring the them back together. And the kids on 'Parenthood' have cornered the market on modern conventions and being "cutting edge."

There's nothing wrong with the kids on either show, but how refreshing is it that 'The Middle' is a throwback to less techie, less "with it" times? In some ways, it's almost like 'The Andy Griffith Show' or 'Happy Days.'

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'Everybody Loves Raymond' Stars Reunite on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 23rd 2010 12:05AM
'Everybody Loves Raymond' Stars Reunite on 'The Middle'Back when Patricia Heaton and Doris Roberts appeared on 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' the pair's characters had a pretty antagonistic relationship. That pattern continued tonight when Doris guest-starred on the season premiere of 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC). Roberts plays Ms. Rinsky, the new school teacher who has Brick Heck (Atticus Shaffer) in her class.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Brick is the youngest and most precocious child in the Heck family. And so when his parents Frankie and Mike (played by Heaton and Neil Flynn) show up to talk to Ms. Rinsky, they're understandably hopeful that they can get Brick some "special attention." Ms. Rinsky isn't in the mood to humor them, though, and takes specific aim at Frankie. "Every parent thinks their child is 'special',"she tells Frankie. "[But] they can't all be." Okay, that's actually a good point.

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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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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Castle,' 'Smallville,' and More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jul 23rd 2010 1:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by e-mailing us at tvsquad@gmail.com. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: '90210,' 'Big Love,' 'Castle,' 'Chuck,' 'CSI,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Dexter,' 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'Lie to Me,' 'Modern Family,' 'Private Practice,' 'Smallville,' 'The Good Wife,' 'The Mentalist,' 'The Middle,' 'The Office,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' and 'V.'

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Ask Stars of 'Modern Family,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' Private Practice' and 'The Middle' a Question

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 22nd 2010 9:00AM
Modern Family
Breathe a sigh of relief, your favorite shows are almost back! Fall is right around the corner and we need your questions for the stars of ABC's hit shows.

In a new round of Outside the Box, the stars of 'Modern Family,' 'The Middle,' 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice' will be sitting down and answering your questions.

Check out who will be answering the questions and vote in the polls after the jump!

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