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Fall TV First Look: Ray Romano on The Middle

Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton

"You look really familiar." That's what Ray Romano's character says to Patricia Heaton's Frankie when he stumbles upon his old Everybody Loves Raymond wife on The Middle's September 21 premiere on ABC.

Romano plays ...
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SNL Alum Molly Shannon Lands in The Middle

Molly Shannon

Molly Shannon has signed on to appear on ABC's The Middle, TVLine.com reports.

The Saturday Night Live alum, who recently appeared on Glee and the Cameron Diaz comedy Bad Teacher, will play... read more

Phil Rosenthal: Exporting Raymond Isn't Just for Fans of Everybody Loves Raymond

Phil Rosenthal

When Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal was asked to help adapt the show for a Russian audience, he was ecstatic. But that feeling didn't last long.

"I was quite flattered that the Russians would want me to go, until I heard that I needed kidnap and ransom insurance," Rosenthal tells TVGuide.com with a laugh. "Then, my fear of getting kidnapped was replaced by my fear of what they were going to do to the show."

Watch Everybody Loves Raymond clips in our Online Video Guide

From casting to costumes, every step along the way was a bit of a fight... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Ray Romano Confirmed for Middle Premiere

Ray Romano

ABC is kicking off its fall season with an Everybody Loves Raymond reunion on The Middle. The network is now confirming to me what I first reported in my column back in June that Ray Romano will guest star in the September 21 third season premiere of his former TV wife Patricia Heaton's sitcom.

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TV Guide Network Counts Down Funniest Females on Television

Megan Mullally

Who's the funniest woman ever to appear on television?

From Lucille Ball's physical comedy on I Love Lucy to Tina's Fey's witty dialogue on 30 Rock, TV Guide Network is counting down the most comedic ladies who have graced the small screen.

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Keck's Exclusives: Fall Season Scoop!

Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (of which I'm a charter voting member) handed out its inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards on June 20. On the red carpet, the nominated actors and producers — all hopeful they'll also be on the Primetime Emmy ballot when it's announced July 14 — filled me in on what they're hatching for their exciting fall returns.

The Middle (Best Comedy nominee)
Cocreator Eileen Heisler tells me they are superclose to signing... read more

Ask Matt: Why We Love The Middle, Tonys-vs-Oscars, Glee Project, Grey's and More!

The Middle

Send questions to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I love that you constantly champion The Middle every time you mention Modern Family. Both shows are must-see TV in our house. Modern Family has great characters that make us laugh, and though most of the situations are unlikely to happen in real life, they pull it off and make it all seem almost normal. Lately, though, The Middle has been creeping into first place for the most laughs in one episode in our house. Unlike Modern Family, The Middle makes us laugh because we see ourselves in that family. I think every parent could relate to... read more

Emmys: TVGuide.com's Picks for Lead Actress in a Comedy

Melissa McCarthy

Emmy season is under way! Over the next two weeks, Emmy voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 14. We here at TVGuide.com have a few picks in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy:
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Meet The Middle Scene Stealer Atticus Shaffer

Atticus Shaffer

Atticus Shaffer is having Lego flashbacks. "It was a Star Wars set," he says with a groan that makes him sound 70, not 12. "Something like 1,035 pieces. It took me three days to put together." Shaffer only had a few last bricks to click when... Crash! Meowww! "My cat jumped on it and destroyed everything." Shaffer scrunches up his shoulders, tosses up his hands. "So you just start rebuilding."

The adorable young star of The Middle is tenacious like that. At a Lego store near where the ABC sitcom shoots in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, Shaffer is recalling his most memorable projects: read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Patricia Heaton, The Middle

In honor of Mother's Day, let's start there. I've already penned a tribute to the mighty Mags Bennett of FX's Justified, a poison-packing mountain mama fiercely and fatally devoted to her degenerate brood, as we saw in this week's fabulous finale. Brava, Margo Martindale. But that same Wednesday night, another Midwestern mom — The Middle's Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton) from Orson, IN — gave us a pungently funny reminder of why our moms deserve a big hug every day...
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