Aw, heck. Is it really worth making a fuss over The Middle's 100-episode milestone? It hardly seems in character for a family like the Hecks of Orson, Indiana. When she's reminded that they volunteered to drive a giant cow float in Orson's centennial parade, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) whines, "This is what happens when we drink: We sign up for stupid committees. Or get Brick."
But as Orson itself expresses in a self-deprecating new town motto: "Why not?" This episode (Wednesday, 8/7c, ABC) truly is cause for celebration, as TV's most heartfelt and hilariously relatable family sitcom reflects on what brought Frankie and Mike (Neil Flynn) to Orson in the first place, while giving their lovably imperfect offspring a chance to shine in clever-to-wacky subplots. (Sue's attempt to make Darrin jealous by cozying up to her flamboyant BFF Brad is especially genius.)
Fox steps to the plate tonight for the first game of the American League Championship Series (7 pm/ET). As always, network staple Joe Buck will be the play-by-play voice, flanked by analyst Tim McCarver. It will be Buck’s 12th consecutive postseason, and when Fox’s coverage of the World Series starts up on Oct. 24, it’ll be his 10th consecutive turn in the booth handling that event. TVGuide.com checked in with the big-time broadcaster as he prepared for the impending diamond duel between the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. And not only did we talk hardball, but Buck also filled us in on his late-night talk-show plans.
TVGuide.com: What was the biggest surprise of the divisional series?Joe Buck: That I watched every minute of it. I was tuned in the whole time. Typically, I find myself doing
Joe Buck has already reached the pinnacle of his profession at the age of 36. As Fox's lead play-by-play commentator, he voices both the Super Bowl and World Series broadcasts. Last week — in other words, before his late pop's beloved Cardinals got knocked out of the National League Championship Series — Buck spoke with TVGuide.com about the MLB play-offs, his allegiance to St. Louis and what other professional mountains he aspires to climb.
TVGuide.com: How do you approach baseball postseason matchups differently than regular broadcasts?Joe Buck: I think the main thing is you've got people looking at these teams who they haven't seen all year. You've got more casual fans watching and saying, "Who is Mark Buehrle or who is Joe Crede and what are the White Sox all about? What are the Cardinals all about? What are the Astros all about?" I think yo