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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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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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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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You'll Want to Hang Out With These Four TV Families

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 15th 2010 2:02PM
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Family is really important, although these days on television, we're seeing more and more groups that are sort of like family, friends or office mates or co-workers that supply the support and love of a traditional clan, but don't have share any DNA with one another. But there's nothing quite as dysfunctional and compelling as a real family, the old-fashioned type with lots of siblings, some aunts and uncles, maybe even a set of grandparents.

Currently, there are four traditional families on TV that would be a lot of fun to hang out with. They're all different kinds of family, but they could all provide just the kind of craziness to create a really good time. Check it out:

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Trying to Save Money on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 15th 2010 12:10AM
Trying to Save Money on 'The Middle'On the latest episode of 'The Middle' (Wed., 8:30PM ET on ABC), the Heck family decides that it's time to economize. So Mike (Neil Flynn) and Frankie (Patricia Heaton) go to see a financial adviser. Granted, the two of them only reach this decision after failing to pay their electric bill and having their power turned off -- but hey, whatever. Got to start economizing sometime.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: 'The Middle,' 'In Plain Sight,' The End of 'Ugly Betty'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 14th 2010 12:35PM
The celebrities get their revenge in the 200th episode of South Park
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern). All shows listed are new, unless otherwise noted.

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'The Middle' -- Starts at 8:30
CBS: 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' and 'Accidentally on Purpose'
The CW: 'America's Next Top Model'
FOX: 'Human Target'
G4: 'Web Soup'

9;00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Modern Family' and 'Cougar Town'
CBS: 'Criminal Minds'
The CW: 'Fly Girls' and 'High Society'
FOX: 'American Idol' -- Results show. Special guest Adam Lambert
BBC America: 'Peep Show' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look'
Discovery: 'Mythbusters'
SyFy: 'Ghost Hunters'

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: 'Ugly Betty' -- Series finale
CBS: 'CSI: NY'
A&E: 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' and 'Billy the Exterminator'
Bravo: 'Top Chef Masters'
Comedy Central: 'South Park' and 'Ugly Americans' -- 'South Park's' 200th episode
E!: 'E! True Hollywood Story' -- focus on Tiger Woods
Showtime: 'Inside NASCAR'
SyFy: 'Destination Truth'
TBS: 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne' -- Two 30-minute episodes
TLC: 'Addicted'
TV Land: 'First Love, Second Chance'
USA: 'In Plain Sight'

Check your local TV listings for more information. After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Hot Topics Make Good Comedy ... even the iPad on 'Modern Family'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 1st 2010 10:35PM
phil_ipad_modern_family_abcWhile watching the two family sitcoms on ABC last night, 'The Middle' and 'Modern Family,' it seemed to me that they were funnier than usual because the writers took the effort to incorporate topical, timely elements into the scripts. On 'The Middle,' it was all about basketball and the NCAA Final Four. On 'Modern Family,' it was the highly anticipated release of the Apple iPad.

Now, while Joel thought the latter was an overdone commercial that may have been penned by Apple CEO Steve Jobs himself, my reaction was completely the opposite. And some critics agreed with me, too.

The idea that Phil would be obsessing about the latest technology was in keeping with the character. Phil's been established as a techie guy, a geekster of the first order. Why wouldn't he be an early adopter of the iPad considering that it is being touted as the next big thing?

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'The Middle' - 'The Final Four' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 1st 2010 5:50AM
'The Middle'(S01E19) So I asked my wife the equivalent question to what Mike and Frankie spent most of the episode fighting over, and by her answer she sided with Mike ... which makes me incredibly suspicious. I think she's just being nice to me because nothing like that is really happening.

When given an amazing opportunity, Mike was forced to choose between something he really wanted to do and something he probably really should do. It's a much harder decision when the something wanted is an incredibly rare opportunity. It's not like he's being offered an opportunity to be Tiger Woods' next mistress (ba-dump ching!).

Actually, the fighting in the episode left me a little uncomfortable. It was a lot more real than it was funny. While I applaud 'The Middle' for being so authentic in married life with Frankie and Mike, it can make you a little squirmy from time to time.

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Atticus Shaffer on Working with Betty White (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 30th 2010 5:20PM
Atticus Shaffer on Working with Betty WhiteLegendary 88-year-old actress Betty White appeared on the season finale of the ABC sitcom 'The Middle,' alongside 11 year-old star Atticus Shaffer. And so, as a guest on 'The Bonnie Hunt Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Shaffer got the question: Since you're so young, do you even know who Betty White is? The precocious actor handled the question with aplomb. "I like to know who I'm working with, so I looked her up... she's like an icon, basically."

Shaffer also recognized White from a recent "Snickers" commercial, which is great. But truly, we hope that the younger generation doesn't only remember White for her one-time job selling candy bars.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Amy Sedaris on 'The Middle': 'Move Some Metal!' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 25th 2010 1:30AM
The Middle, Amy SedarisAmy Sedaris guest-starred as a motivational consultant on 'The Middle' (Wed., 8:30PM ET on ABC), but came off as more of a drill sergeant when she told Frankie to "get your feet off that desk and move some metal!"

Someone's going to be fired, and it's probably going to be either Frankie or Bob, since Pete's the top seller. And Bob sleeping with the consultant may not help his case at all. How about just fire the consultant and keep all the sales people? Just sayin'...

Watch the video after the jump.

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Whoopi Goldberg and Eden Sher Act Out a Scene from 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 24th 2010 1:30PM
On 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated), Whoopi Goldberg and Eden Sher act out one of Goldberg's favorite scenes from the ABC comedy 'The Middle.'

In the scene, Sher's character fights a group of four rowdy boys using silly choreography, including running in place and a series of karate chop moves. With the actress' help, Goldberg capably pulls off a close approximation of the fight dance.

Watch the video after the jump.

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CONFIRMED: Betty White to Guest on 'The Middle'

by Allyssa Lee, posted Mar 12th 2010 2:53PM
Betty WhiteIs 88 the new 28? It is if your name is Betty White. Everyone's favorite octogenarian funnywoman has been on a television roll lately, and has shown no signs of letting up. Her latest gig: a guest spot on the season finale of ABC's Wednesday night comedy 'The Middle,' the network confirmed to AOL TV.

The multiple Emmy winner will play the school librarian who takes son Brick (Atticus Schaffer) to task over a bunch of overdue library books.

White's 'Middle' appearance is just one of a series of credits that the 88-year-old spitfire has been racking up since returning to the public's radar in January.

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'The Middle' - 'The Break Up' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 11th 2010 4:50AM
Charlie McDermott, 'The Middle'(S01E16) Sometimes it's important to realize that there are things going on in your kids lives that you know nothing about. It's important, but horrible at the same time. It certainly makes me afraid for when my son becomes a teenager. If they can keep a relationship with a Hollywood superstar a secret, imagine what else you don't know?

Okay, Alexa Vega, of 'Spy Kids' fame, wasn't playing herself but she was playing Axl's secret girlfriend. A girlfriend that on the surface seemed way too good to be true. I certainly didn't trust her.

The remainder of the episode spotlighted an all too common phenomenon. What happens when kids watch scary movies at too young of an age. When I was Brick's age, I made the mistake of walking into the living room to ask my mom a question during the wrong part of 'The Exorcist.' Later, an encounter with 'Psycho' had me showering with my eyes open for more than a decade.

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'The Middle' - 'Valentine's Day' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 11th 2010 2:42AM
Patricia Heaton & Neil Flynn, 'The Middle'(S01E15) Parents can certainly relate to Mike and Frankie simply wanting to have a night to themselves on Valentine's Day for the first time in 16 years. And too many of them can also relate to that simply never working out the way you expect it to.

This episode did throw a little surprise for us, showing all three children hanging out with friends, and at least two of them doing so in a way that proves they're growing up, which wasn't such great news for Mike when it came to Sue. Brick, on the other hand, actually found a kid who may be even weirder than he is.

Sue was out again with Carly, whom we first met in 'The Neighbor' when she tried to have a choreographed fight alongside Sue, but we met Brick's strange new friend, and two of Axl's buddies. All three are characters I wouldn't mind seeing again.

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