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'The Middle' Recap: 'Errand Boy'

November 18th, 2010 11:08am EST
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This week on "The Middle," Brick's arguing his case to staying home alone, even though Frankie thinks he's too scatter-brained to be granted the privilege.

"You know how distracted he gets," she tells Mike in bed. "That reminds me, he ate another Band-Aid this morning."

"One of ours or one he found?" Mike asks.

Brick wants to stay home because he dreads being Frankie's "errand boy," which involves being dragged around from one menial task to another, like choosing which shade of blue fabric Frankie should buy, or hooking her bra in the dressing room.

Mike's got his own problem to dea...
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'The Middle' Recap: Episode 6, 'Halloween'

October 28th, 2010 9:45am EDT
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It's Halloween on "The Middle" this week, which means Frankie's dragging Mike to a neighborhood costume party. The problem? A mix of stodgy and too-cool-for-school, Mike refuses to dress up and look like an idiot.

Axl and his buddies, meanwhile, are planning to drive a bunch of dates out to a haunted house, hoping to cash in on their fear, lending a shoulder to cry on and cozy up to.

Finally, Sue -- who's wearing her cross-country hoodie and lavender jeans for a sixth consecutive episode -- failed to nab a date for the school's Halloween dance, and is now forced to attend the holy hayr...
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'The Middle' Recap: Episode 5, 'Foreign Exchange'

October 21st, 2010 3:47pm EDT
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"We'd love to, but we're so busy with... recycling, and everything," Frankie explains to a friend at church, who encourages Frankie to participate in a foreign exchange program, in which the Hecks would host a student from Japan.

But with Axl and Sue going at each other like coked-out hyenas, Frankie eventually thinks that the program would teach her children the importance of tolerance and cooperation.

"Is there a catalogue we can look at?" Axl asks, hoping the student is a hot blonde from Scandinavia.

Frankie tells the family they're going to be ambassadors, and that the Japanese stud...
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'The Middle' Recap: 'The Quarry'

October 14th, 2010 8:10am EDT
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"Apparently the half box of donuts I stole from work wasn't enough," Frankie gripes, complaining how one of her duties as a cross-country mom is to bring healthy snacks for the athletes.

It's this sour attitude that kicks off this week's episode of "The Middle," and it's what caused Frankie to pray at church that cross-country would get cut at the upcoming school budget meeting. Although it's the sole extracurricular daughter Sue has successfully joined (she's been wearing her team hoodie non-stop for four episodes), Frankie's bitter about having to thanklessly prepare signs, make food an...
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'The Middle' Recap: Homecoming Comes But Once A Year

September 30th, 2010 9:56am EDT
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Life in American suburbia -- how do we define it? By the subdivision block parties every summer? By backyard barbecues? By housewives getting sloshed on wine coolers every third Tuesday, under the pretense of a "book club"? Wednesday night, "The Middle" tackled high school homecoming. Its football games and parades make the annual event a big deal "here in 'the middle,'" Hoosier mom Frankie tells us.

Her oldest kid Axl's made his high school's varsity football team, which means Mike and Frankie get to walk him across the field in a pre-game homecoming ceremony. Frankie sees it as her...
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Recap: 'The Middle' Season 2 Premiere

September 23rd, 2010 12:18am EDT
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"The Middle," which follows the antics of the quirky Heck family in Indiana, entered its second season on ABC Wednesday night. It also marked the show's first guest star of the season: Doris Roberts. Yup, the mom from "Everybody Loves Raymond." She reunited with "Middle" lead and "Raymond" star Patricia Heaton, playing the teacher of youngest child and strange, whispering savant, Brick (named after the Indianapolis Brickyard).

It's the first day of school, and the Hecks' morning ritual is spiraling into cereal-spilling, teeth-brushing, "shut up"-flinging bedlam. Axl's barel...
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Stars Of 'The Middle' Celebrate Mother's Day

May 8th, 2010 8:27am EDT
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The Middle shows an all-American family, the Hecks, and finds humor in the daily struggles every family faces. This weekend, the stars of the show plan to celebrate Mother’s Day with their real families.

Patricia Heaton will be the real working mom who holds the family together. “My kids, if they even remember it I’m lucky so I’m going to make some plans for myself,” she said. “We’ll probably go out to eat. Tomorrow I’m going to go to a store and pick out something nice for myself and have them come get it and wrap it up for me.”

Even though Neil Flynn is not married and does not have chi...
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Why You Should Be Watching 'The Middle'

March 10th, 2010 10:30am EST
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Contrary to modern belief, the sitcom (or “comedy” for those born after 1995) has not been derailed. Yes, that little thing called reality TV has made networks almost forget about that television genre that made the ‘80s, and part of the ‘90s, so great. But, fret not. Networks haven’t completely forgot about sitcoms.

With new favorites like Modern Family and Glee and older favorites like How I Met Your Mother and The Simpsons dominating the ratings, there’s the little-show-that-could called The Middle that may have slipped off the radar.

Set in the small fictional town of Orson, Indiana, ...
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Q&A With Michael Ausiello: TV Fan, Media Journalist, and Neo-Celebrity (But Don't Try To Tell Him That!)

September 30th, 2009 11:15am EDT
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Michael Ausiello, "Entertainment Weekly's" TV writer, is the "outbreak monkey" of his field. There is a new virus that is affecting the field of media journalism, and that plague is celebrity. The new neo-celebrity status of these journalists has a patient zero - the person we see as the beginning of it all - and that is Ausiello himself.

The line between celebrity and non-celebrity has blurred in the past 15 years thanks to a change in how we interpret and apply entertainment and media into our daily lives. This change has created a domino effect that has also hit the field of journ...
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'Scrubs': To Renew Or Not To Renew?

May 4th, 2009 12:03pm EDT
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With news last week that ABC was considering carrying on Scrubs for a ninth season, the question buzzing around Hollywood was: Can Scrubs go on without J.D.?

The eighth season was supposed to be the last. After NBC decided not to renew the show last year, ABC, which had been producing the show since its premiere in 2001, took up the option to air the series, with the expectation that it would be the final season. Most of the main cast members have either stated that they wouldn't return for another season (Zach Braff, Judy Reyes) or have been cast in new television pilots (Donald...
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Several Celebs To Guest Star on TBS Show 'My Boys'

December 2nd, 2006 10:00am EST
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TBS's new original comedy series "My Boys" is set to welcome four special guest stars on upcoming episodes: Laurie Metcalf and Johnny Galecki, both of whom co-starred in the long-running comedy hit Roseanne; Neil Flynn, who plays the notorious janitor on Scrubs; and Colin Ferguson, who stars in the new series Eureka.

Galecki will first appear in the episode "Clubhouse Poison," set to air Tuesday, Dec. 12, and will be joined by Ferguson in the episode "One for the Team," airing Tuesday, Dec. 26. Metcalf, who had to split her time between the "My Boys" and Desperate Housewives sets duri...
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