Airdate: The Middle

themiddle_castNew sitcom The Middle begins next Monday night on Nine, created by Eileen Heisler (Murphy Brown, How I Met Your Mother, Lipstick Jungle).

The show features Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, Back to You) as Frankie Heck, a middle-class, Midwestern mother of three, married to Mike Heck (Neil Flynn).

Mother of three, Frankie has a job selling cars at the town’s only surviving car dealership while her husband is a manager at the local quarry. In between juggling shifts and picking up fast food dinners eaten in front of the TV, Frankie and Mike raise their kids with midwestern practicality. Axl is the oldest, a teenager who eats the family out of house and home and walks around in his underwear.

Described as “…a dead ringer for Malcolm in the Middle with its realistic, wry take on regular family life,” it was picked up for a full season of 22 episodes after airing just two episodes.

Brooke Shields will guest star as Frankie’s neighbour and nemesis.

The ABC comedy premiered in the US in September.

It begins 8pm Monday on Nine.

11 Comments:

  1. @moog, agree completely about Jane Kaczmarek. She was such a unique character and I feel that this is trying to be a remake of Malcolm that wont do as well. And they’re really not separating themselves from it with a name like The Middle :S I do love Neil Flynn tho, so I might tune in but I don’t know whether I’d stick around; more likely to just watch the Malcolm repeats on ten as of next week 😉

  2. @Goonies

    Couldn’t agree more, and I love how an actress who is supposed to represent the typical middle class mom is actually a sad Hollywood star who has admitted to a complete plastic sugery overhaul on her body!

    Jane Kaczmarek was utterly fantastic as Lois and totally real.

  3. I have seen the first ep, and yes, it is Malcolm in the Middle 3 years later. They even have a kid that looks earily similar to Dewey. Frankie even looks like Lois.

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