The family sitcom, The Middle, will begin its 9th season this fall and it has been announced that this season would be its last. The decision wasn’t made lightly. Co-creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline told Variety,
“Last year we sat down with our cast and made the bittersweet decision together that in this ninth season it is time to bring the Hecks’ story to a close. It’s been an amazing run, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we’re looking forward to having an entire year to say goodbye. Plus, we wanted to go out before too many people knew we were on the air.”
The show was never as popular as the ABC comedy, Modern Family, and it never had more than 9 million viewers, but Heline told EW they were lucky.
“Some know about us, some don’t. We are at heart a midwestern show. If we can be underappreciated for nine years and be on the air, we’re lucky.”
Heline said. The network appreciated the show’s success as well. ABC president Channing Dungey told Vanity,
“The Heck family has been part of the ABC family for almost a decade. It’s rare for a series to have this type of longevity, and we are proud to have been its home.”
“We’ve watched Axl, Sue and Brick grow up right before our eyes under Frankie and Mike’s unique parenting style. I’m looking forward to the fitting and happy ending the producers will give the Hecks and our viewers.”
Head of Warner Bros. TV, Peter Roth, also told Variety about the show saying,
“For eight remarkable seasons, Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline have crafted a wonderfully relatable, honest, funny and authentic world of middle class life in the heartland of America. The writing, acting and craftsmanship have been superb, and the show has been vividly brought to life each week by the incomparable Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer and a creative team that has poured its heart and soul into each and every episode. We look forward to a memorable final season for ‘The Middle,’ and we thank our passionate and loyal fans!”
As to how the show will end, Heisler told EW,
“We started having an idea a couple of years ago and honed it more in the last year. It will be true to our show. It’s an end that fans will like.”
The Middle airs its final season on Oct. 3.
Written by Curtis Han, RM Entertainment Contributor