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Molly Shannon Elevates Passive Aggressive to an Art on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 24th 2011 5:00AM
Molly Shannon, 'The Middle' - 'Thanksgiving III''The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC) is absolutely killing it the past couple of weeks with guest stars. Last week it was Norm MacDonald as Mike's slacker brother, and this week it was Molly Shannon as Frankie's passive aggressive sister, Janet.

When the Hecks head to Frankie's family's house for Thanksgiving, Janet immediately starts to use that horrible passive aggressive technique that we all hate, and we all know someone who does it. More often than not, it's a relative who masks it with love.

So it was worth it when finally Frankie stood up to her and the two had a sincere fight, airing out the grievances that have been plaguing them most likely for years. Round it out with Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke as the parents, and these are recurring characters we can truly be thankful for.

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Fall TV: A Mid-Season Report

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 1st 2011 11:47AM


It's always tempting at this time of year to look for patterns where perhaps none exist. With four confirmed cancellations ('Charlie's Angels,' 'The Playboy Club,' 'How to be a Gentleman' and 'Free Agents') and several on-the-bubble new shows ('Pan Am,' 'Prime Suspect,' 'Body of Proof'), the only real theme (besides being awful) is a tendency to take themselves too seriously. I do take some satisfaction from seeing all the nostalgia shows die an early death. Apparently the one thing 'The Playboy Club' team didn't look up about 'Mad Men' were the ratings -- a couple million viewers. It was also the only thing they were able to duplicate.

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ABC Comedies Hit Series High Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 27th 2011 3:30PM
Happy Endings Ratings HighIt's ah-mah-zing what a little World Series rain delay can do for shows on other networks.

'The Middle,' 'Suburgatory' and 'Happy Endings' all reached ratings highs thanks to a distinct lack of new episodes across the other major broadcast networks.

'The Middle' attracted 10.2 million viewers and had a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Freshman comedy 'Suburgatory' had a 3.4 18-49 rating and dipped a bit in total viewers to 9.8 million. A 'Modern Family' rereun did 11.4 million viewers and a 4.4 rating and a new 'Happy Endings' episode was watched by 8.3 million viewers with a respectable 3.5 rating.

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Molly Shannon Books 'Up All Night,' 'Chuck' Gets a Final Villain and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 25th 2011 8:45PM
Molly ShannonMolly Shannon is heading to 'Up All Night.'

The 'Saturday Night Live' veteran will guest star as Nancy, a single mom and "incompetent" associate producer on Ava's talk show. Hopefully that means Shannon and Maya Rudolph will have plenty of scenes together.

According to TV Guide, Shannon makes her debut on the Nov. 23 episode. Her role could become recurring.

Shannon will pop on 'The Middle' as Frankie Heck's sister and recently appeared as a co-host on 'The Talk.'

In other casting news ...

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Your Favorite TV Shows Celebrate Halloween (PHOTOS)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 23rd 2011 7:30PM
'Happy Endings' does Halloween!Halloween is just a week away, and the stars of your favorite TV shows are all dressed up and ready to go!

We've already given you some fun how-tos for TV-inspired costumes, but your favorite TV characters have a few more clever tricks and treats to feast your eyes on.

From 'Community' to 'Modern Family,' 'The Simpsons' to 'Happy Endings,' 'The Middle,' 'The Office' and more, click through this spooktacular gallery for some awesome Halloween episode teases.

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What To Watch: TV Picks for Oct 24-30

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 23rd 2011 2:30PM
Marshall and LilyMONDAY, OCTOBER 24

'How I Met Your Mother' (8PM ET, CBS)

The gang begins to realize their romantic partner reminds them of one of their parents. Meanwhile, Barney and Nora's planned romantic evening is ruined by a string of bad events. Wayne Brady guest-stars as Barney's brother and Frances Conroy guests as their mother.

'2 Broke Girls' (8.30PM ET, CBS)
Caroline tries to build a Murphy bed for herself in Max's apartment, and the chemistry between Max and Johnny (Nick Zano) heats up.

'Hart of Dixie' (9PM ET, The CW)
Zoe discovers something shocking about the local minister (guest star Peter MacKenzie) and his wife (guest star Kerry O'Malley), causing quite a stir among the residents of Bluebell. Lemon is determined to find the funds to renovate the town's historic bridge that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, but first she is put in the extremely awkward position of having to convince Lavon to choose her proposal over so many other worthwhile submissions.

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Patricia Heaton's Family Life Sounds a Lot Like 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Oct 18th 2011 5:45PM
Art seems to imitate life for Patricia Heaton, who came on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) to talk about her show 'The Middle.' Barbara Walters pointed out that like her character Frankie, Heaton is a busy working mother: While Frankie has three kids, Heaton is a mother to four boys.

Stories from Heaton's own family life often end up on the show. The 'Foreign Exchange' episode, where a student from Japan stayed with the Hecks, was based on an experience she had. "I brought our Japanese student to the set ... and he was enamored with Sue Heck, of course, but he never said a word in the ten days he stayed with us," Heaton said.

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'Modern Family' Beats 'The X Factor' in Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 22nd 2011 12:20PM
Modern Family Beats The X Factor in Ratings'The X Factor' is Fox's biggest fall series debut in five years, but it wasn't exactly a ratings hit.

The network says the reality singing competition premiered to 12.5 million viewers, 4.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Comparatively, January's 'American Idol' Season 10 premiere -- the first without Simon Cowell -- was watched by 26.2 million viewers and had a 9.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

In the 9PM hour, 'The X Factor' was bested by ABC's one-hour Season 3 premiere of 'Modern Family,' which had a 6 rating in the 18-49 demo and a total of 14.3 million viewers. Helped by the buzz after multiple Emmy wins, the series even outperformed CBS's stalwart 'Criminal Minds.'

'Modern Family' co-creator Steve Levitan took to Twitter to share his joy about the ratings news.

"It's extremely gratifying that a scripted comedy finally beat an overhyped karaoke contest," he said. "Thank you, #ModernFamily fans!"

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Patricia Heaton On 'The Middle' Season 3, the Royal Wedding & Reuniting With Ray Romano

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 20th 2011 9:00AM
Patricia Heaton, Ray Romano, The MiddleWhen the Heck family returns on the Season 3 premiere of 'The Middle,' they'll be joined by a very special guest -- Patricia Heaton's former 'Everybody Loves Raymond costar Ray Romano.

But don't worry -- just because the ABC sitcom is now attracting guest stars like Romano, former 'Saturday Night Live' star Molly Shannon and former 'Glee' star Chord Overstreet doesn't mean the show will lose any of what star Patricia Heaton calls its "Heck style."

In the Season 3 premiere (Wed., Sept. 21, 8PM ET on ABC), the Hecks go camping -- Heck-style, of course -- and if you're thinking that sounds like a recipe for disaster, you're absolutely correct.

Below, Heaton sounds off on her hatred for camping, reuniting with Romano and which pop culture obsession Frankie will harbor next now that the Royal Wedding is over.

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Frances Bay Dies at Age 92

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 17th 2011 4:20PM
Frances BayVeteran TV and film actress Frances Bay has died. She was 92.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Bay has appeared in more than 100 TV shows. Her most recent TV role was on ABC's 'The Middle.' She played Aunt Ginny in 11 episodes.

Born in Mannville, Canada, Bay began acting in Winnipeg where she voiced princesses on radio shows. After starting a family she resumed acting in the 1970s.

Viewers will recall Bay's memorable 'Seinfeld' role of Mabel Choate. She fought Jerry over the last loaf of marble rye bread.

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Fall TV's Biggest and Best Guest Stars

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 6th 2011 2:00PM
Ray Romano, Charisma Carpenter, Seth RogenWhile some shows have lured famous movie stars into leading roles, other shows are taking a more temporary approach this fall with big-name guest stars booked for short-term stints on the small screen.

Fall TV will host several major reunions that you definitely won't want to miss. Terry O'Quinn will head back to the island for a stint alongside former 'Lost' costar Daniel Dae Kim on 'Hawaii Five-0,' while Ray and Debra are back together (sort of) when Ray Romano stops by 'The Middle' to visit his former 'Everybody Loves Raymond' costar Patricia Heaton. And let's not forget 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' alums Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters playing a married couple on an episode of 'Supernatural' this season.

Wanna know who else is heading to TV this fall? Check out some more of the biggest and best guest stars, including 'The Wire' alum Michael K. Williams (Omar!), Oscar-nominated actress Patricia Clarkson and crooner Josh Groban in AOL TV's fall guest star gallery.

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'Glee' Star Moves to 'The Middle,' 'SVU' Actress Joins 'Days of Our Lives' & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 24th 2011 4:30PM
Chord OverstreetChord Overstreet is going from high school student to fourth grade teacher. The 'Glee' actor has booked a guest role on ABC's 'The Middle.'

According to EW, Overstreet will play Ralph Wilkerson, a new fourth grade teacher to Brick (Atticus Shaffer).

Look for the character's teaching methods to conflict with the Heck family's relaxed parenting style.

Overstreet, who was offered a new recurring contract on 'Glee' but turned it down, will appear on the Sept. 28 episode of the ABC sitcom.

The series kicks off Season 3 on Sept. 21 at 8PM.

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Molly Shannon Moves to 'The Middle' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 20th 2011 1:45PM
Molly ShannonWhen 'The Middle' returns for its third season, it'll have one very funny addition: 'Saturday Night Live' veteran Molly Shannon!

According to TVLine, Shannon will play Janet, Frankie's (Patricia Heaton) sister. Shannon is set to recur on the series.

'The Middle' returns on Sept. 21 at 8PM with Heaton's former 'Everybody Loves Raymond' husband, Ray Romano as a guest star. Romano will play a man from Frankie's past.

In other casting news ...

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Ray Romano Will Reunite With His TV Wife in 'The Middle' Season 3 Premiere

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 3rd 2011 1:45PM
Ray Romano'Everybody Loves Raymond' reunion alert! Ray Romano will guest star on the Season 3 premiere of Patricia Heaton's ABC comedy 'The Middle.'

According to TV Guide, Romano will play Nicky Kohlbrenner, a man from Frankie Heck's (Heaton) past. Look for the character to have had some involvement in ruining Frankie's honeymoon many years ago. The premiere episode will also see the Heck family embark on a road trip.

Romano is coming off the cancellation of his TNT drama 'Men of a Certain Age.' He also appeared in 'The Office' season finale as a potential branch manager replacement.

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Last-Minute School Crises Before Summer Can Begin on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 26th 2011 2:01AM
'The Middle' - 'Back to Summer' season finaleSummertime is an exciting and frightening time for parents. On 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC), Frankie and Mike were so close to the end of the school year they could practically smell the barbecues and swimming pools.

But then the barrage of children started, first with Brick. "Apparently I missed some sort of journal assignment, and if I don't turn it in, I'm not necessarily moving up to fourth grade," he said.

Before Frankie could process this information, Axl came in with a bombshell of his own. "If I don't get my 30 hours done by Friday they're saying I'll flunk Civics and have to pay for some stupid class I'll have to take in the summer."

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