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MIDDLE, THE
Air Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#413) "The Friend"
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MIKE IS SHOCKED TO DISCOVER THAT FRANKIE HAS SET HIM UP ON AN ADULT PLAYDATE, AND A DETERMINED SUE AND HER WRESTLERETTES GO UP AGAINST THE CHEERLEADERS, ON ABC'S "THE MIDDLE"

"The Friend" - Mike is upset with Frankie when he discovers that she set him up on an adult playdate with a new neighbor who shares the same interests. Meanwhile, when the school cheerleaders announce that they're taking over cheering for the wrestlers - thus putting Sue and her Wrestlerettes out of business - a determined Sue demands a cheer off; and Brick makes a lovesick Axl begin to question whether he's intellectually stimulating enough for his smart, new girlfriend, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

"The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

Guest starring are David Koechner as Jeff Webber, Galadriel Stineman as Cassidy, Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig, French Stewart as Principal Cameron, Gabrielle Carteris as Colleen Webber, Brittany Ross as Courtney, Natalie Lander as Debbie, Katlin Mastandrea as Ashley, Grace Bannon as Ruth, Jessica Marie Garcia as Becky, Peter A. Hulne as Robby and Ron Ostrow as Mitch.

"The Friend" was written by Robin Shorr and directed by Lee Shallat Chemel.

"The Middle" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.

For more information on "The Middle," visit ABC.com/TheMiddle

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MIDDLE, THE (ABC)
Returns Wednesday, September 24
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/30/09 - ???
STATUS:
returning this fall (yet to premiere)
TIME SLOT:
wednesdays from 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
6 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2014-15 season (the show's sixth) on 5/9/14
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, May 2014) Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck is a harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor in an attempt to get her family through each day intact.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Atticus Shaffer as Brick
· Charlie McDermott as Axl
· Eden Sher as Sue
· Neil Flynn as Mike
· Patricia Heaton as Frankie
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Chris Kattan as Bob
CREW INFORMATION:
· DeAnn Heline as WRTR (Pilot)
· Eileen Heisler as WRTR (Pilot)
· Julie Anne Robinson as DIR (Pilot)
GENRE(S):
· comedy (all)
· comedy (single-camera)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Black and Blondie Productions
· Warner Bros. Television