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MIDDLE, THE
Air Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#811) "Hoosier Maid"
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FRANKIE IS ELATED WHEN SHE WINS FREE MAID SERVICE FOR A MONTH; MIKE AND RUSTY START LOOKING INTO ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES FOR BIG MIKE; AND AXL, HUTCH AND KENNY MOVE IN WITH SUE AND LEXIE IN THEIR TEMPORARY SCHOOL HOUSING, ON ABC'S 'THE MIDDLE'

Norm Macdonald Guest Stars as Mike's Brother, Rusty

"Hoosier Maid" - Frankie is ecstatic when she wins free maid service for a month. But the Heck house turns out to be quite the frustrating challenge to clean. Meanwhile, when Mike and Rusty's (Norm Macdonald) dad, Big Mike, starts to have trouble taking care of himself at home, the brothers begrudgingly begin to look at assisted living facilities for him; and when the Winnebago gets too cold and dangerous to inhabit since snow is coming through a hole in the roof, Axl, Hutch and Kenny attempt to move in with Sue and Lexie in their temporary college housing, on "The Middle," TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 (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 Norm Macdonald as Rusty Heck, John Cullum as Big Mike, Daniela Bobadilla as Lexie, Alphonso McAuley as Hutch, Tommy Bechtold as Kenny, Greer Grammer as April, Jen Ray as Nancy Donahue, Aaron Hill as Dan, Ty Chen as Scott, Mary Gillis as Esther, Amir Levi as Bryan, Jennie Fahn as Agatha and Christine Garver as Colleen.

"Hoosier Maid" was written by Bruce Rasmussen and directed by Elliot Hegarty.

"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