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'The Middle' To Be Canceled Next Year By ABC After Nine Seasons

03 August 2017

ABC's middle-America sitcom "The Middle" is ending its run. The show received modest ratings, but was nowhere close to the success of network sibling "Modern Family", which debuted at the same time.

It has been a reliable ratings performer throughout its run, but nine years in it's also a fairly expensive show.

"The Middle" was created and is executive produced by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline.

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The long-running comedy about an IN family will pass the 200-episode mark IN the upcoming season. Last year, it moved to Tuesdays, which increased its viewership a bit, but it seems it was not enough to keep the Heck family going for another year. The veteran comedy series, produced by Warner Bros. "We've watched Axl, Sue and Brick grow up right before our eyes under Frankie and Mike's unique parenting style", stated Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment while announcing the show's finale season.

"For eight remarkable seasons, Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline have crafted a wonderfully relatable, honest, amusing and authentic world of middle class life in the heartland of America", said Peter Roth, Warner Bros.

Speaking to the storyline that will wrap up the final season, Heisler told EW, which first broke the news, before ABC's announcement, "We started having an idea a couple of years ago and honed it more in the last year ..."

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Despite the show's steadiness, it's time for "The Middle" to end, which will be one "that fans will like", Heisler promised. The show stars two-time Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton as a harried wife and mother of three who lives in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, and uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact.

While the cancellation is a surprise to fans, the cast and crew knew it was coming to an end.

The final season of the The Middle premieres on Tuesday, October 3rd.

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'The Middle' To Be Canceled Next Year By ABC After Nine Seasons