New 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.