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MIDDLE, THE
Air Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#509) "The Christmas Tree"
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AXL FORCES FRANKIE INTO A NEGOTIATION WHEN HE ANNOUNCES THAT HE WOULD RATHER SPEND HIS CHRISTMAS VACATION WITH HIS FRIENDS OVER FAMILY, AND SUE'S SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION TO THE CHRISTMAS TREE THREATENS TO RUIN HER HOLIDAY, ON ABC'S "THE MIDDLE"

"The Christmas Tree" - When Axl comes home from college for Christmas vacation but would rather spend time with his friends over family, he and Frankie must come up with a time management agreement that will satisfy both of them, Meanwhile, Sue's severe allergic reaction to the Christmas tree threatens to ruin her holiday, and after it's discovered that Brick lied to the school about his Christmas wrapping paper sales, he finds himself running a mini Ponzi scheme in an attempt to pay back the debt, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 (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 Brittany Ross as Courtney, Natalie Lander as Debbie, Eddie Perino as Joe and Valorie Hubbard as Joe's mom.

"The Christmas Tree" was written by Tim Hobert 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, January 7
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/30/09 - ???
STATUS:
returning this winter (yet to premiere)
TIME SLOT:
wednesdays from 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
6 (24 episodes)
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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