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MIDDLE, THE
Air Date: Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#810) "Escape Orson"
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THE HECKS SPEND NEW YEAR'S DAY AT THE ORSON ESCAPE ROOM; SUE REVEALS A SECRET ABOUT HERSELF TO AXL; AND MIKE IS STUNNED WHEN FRANKIE REVEALS THAT SHE HAD A ROMANTIC DREAM INVOLVING FRANK SINATRA, ON ABC'S 'THE MIDDLE'

"Escape Orson" - The Hecks find themselves spending New Year's Day attempting to stave off a zombie apocalypse in the Orson Escape Room, desperately trying to beat the Donahue's record of getting out with more than one minute, eight seconds to spare. Meanwhile, Brick is convinced that the mild-mannered man assigned to the family's Escape Room group is really the famous author of the "Planet Nowhere" books; Sue divulges a secret about herself to Axl that's she's been keeping since childhood; and Mike is stunned when Frankie reveals that she had a romantic dream involving Frank Sinatra, on "The Middle," TUESDAY, JANUARY 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), 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 Jen Ray as Nancy Donahue, Beau Wirick as Sean Donahue, Sean O'Bryan as Ron Donahue, Jelena Nik as Rowdy, Barry Livingston as Milt, Laura Ann Kesling as Dotty Donahue, and Kayla Madison as Shelly Donahue,

"Escape Orson" was written by Roy Brown and directed by Jaffar Mahmood.

"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.

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MIDDLE, THE (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/30/09 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (winter 2017)
TIME SLOT:
tuesdays from 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
8 (23 episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2017-18 season (the show's ninth) on 1/25/17
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, January 2017) ABC has renewed the hit comedy series "The Middle" for next season. It was announced today by Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. The show is currently in its eighth season on the network. "'The Middle' has been one of the network's most consistent performers and helped us to launch a whole new night of comedy when it moved to Tuesdays this season," said Dungey. "The Indiana Hecks have found America's sweet spot with their authentic, acerbic and always loving take on parenting, work, kids, marriage and life." Since its debut in 2009 when it helped launch ABC's hit Wednesday night comedy block, "The Middle" has been a strong performer and a dependable anchor in the 8 o'clock hour. In its move this season from Wednesday to Tuesday night in the 8:00 p.m. anchor position, "The Middle" launched yet another successful comedy block, with ABC claiming Tuesday's top comedies this season. Improving its half-hour by 22% year to year with Total Viewers, "The Middle" is ABC's most watched comedy in the Tuesday time period in 5 years - since 2011-12 with the debut season of "Last Man Standing." Two-time Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton stars in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. 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 to get her family through each day intact. Frankie works as a dental assistant, and her unflappable husband, Mike, is manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average - yes, most definitely average - family.
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