The Middle

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ABC Premiere Dates: Mr. Sunshine Bumps Cougar Town

Mr. Sunshine

It's a Friends war: Chandler has pushed Monica off the ABC schedule.

The network announced that the prized post-Modern Family timeslot will be filled by Mr. Sunshine, a new comedy starring Matthew Perry. The show will debut Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 9:30/8:30c, while the Courteney Cox comedy Cougar Town goes on hiatus until... read more

ABC Supersizes This Season of The Middle

The Middle

Sophomore sitcom The Middle has received an order for two more episodes this season, bringing the total to 24, a rep for ABC tells TVGuide.com.

Averaging 8.7 million weekly viewers, The Middle kicks off ABC's Wednesday comedy block that includes Modern Family and Cougar Town.

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Norm MacDonald Gets Stuck in The Middle

Norm Macdonald

Guess who's coming to dinner? Norm MacDonald joins the Hecks at their Thanksgiving feast, bringing a little snark to the table as Mike's tent-dwelling brother, Rusty. The wonderfully deadpan Saturday Night Live vet gives us a little taste of what to expect from tonight's episode of The Middle. ...

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Matt's TV Week in Review

Gwyneth Paltrow

From the you-can't-make-these-things-up department: So there's a guy in Wisconsin who shot his TV after getting all riled up watching Bristol "The Dancing Dead" Palin on Dancing With the Stars this week. And that's before she made the finals, booting a visibly distraught (and much more talented) Brandy. Before you start going "I know how he feels," a moment of silence for the poor TV. Why do the innocent always have to suffer?... read more

Julie Brown Finds New "Vague Celebrities" to Poke Fun At

Julie Brown

More than 25 years after she rose to fame with her parody song "Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun," '80s pop icon and comedian Julie Brown is still acting, writing and finding new celebs to make fun of. Brown spoke to TVGuide.com about her latest role on the ABC sitcom The Middle (Wed, 8/7c), and why after all these years she's still asked to perform her hit song.

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Poll: What's Your Opinion About Faith on TV?

Glee

Religion and faith have always had a place in primetime television. Sometimes, it's been dealt with directly, on shows like Touched By An Angel and 7th Heaven. And sometimes, it's shown more subtly, whether it's the Heck family going to church on The Middle or Finn seeing the face of Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich on Glee. We'd like to know what you think about primetime's portrayal of religion, and whether television could use more or less of it. Let us know in the poll after the jump... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

The Walking Dead

Let's dig into a busy sweeps week, starting with the scary before we get to the funny.

MONSTER MASH: Zombies are cool. That's the takeaway from the boffo ratings for the premiere of AMC's riveting zombie epic The Walking Dead. (Episode two this Sunday has a moment that made even this fan of the macabre want to look away.) But zombie horror is also disturbing, in this case emotionally affecting, as the survivors look on at an inexplicably wrecked world populated by the lumbering dead who can strike awfully close to home... read more

Matt's Picks: November 1-4

Saturday Night Live

The Women of SNL (Monday, 9/8c, NBC)
For years, the female members of the Saturday Night Live ensemble have been the scene-stealers to watch, and this two-hour special will put them in the spotlight, with classic clips interspersed with original material. Look for the greatest moments of contemporary faves like Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch, as well as classic bits from Cheri Oteri, Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer, Nora Dunn and original cast members Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman.

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Matt's TV Week in Review

Grey's Anatomy

SEATTLE MED: Welcome, TV peeps, to the November sweeps, late-October edition, where not all stunts are created equal. First among non-equals is TV's still-reigning hospital soap, the durable Grey's Anatomy, showing it has lost none of its juice — and neither has the faux-documentary format — in a wrenching and pivotal episode seemingly inspired by last summer's excellent Boston Med. Or is it the local sweeps news? The show temporarily becomes Seattle Medical: Road to Recovery, with sensational teasers amid other infotainment hoopla, as hand-held cameras follow the doctors along the usual rounds of triumph (a double arm transplant, a regenerative trachea procedure in the pediatrics ward) and tragedy (Mandy Moore, from the shoot-em-up cliffhanger, is back, but goes into an irreversible coma after Bailey's routine op). The gimmick, though familiar, illuminates character as we watch them do their jobs from a new perspective while sparing us from the show's maddening tendency to overshare... read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

The Middle

The Middle
8/7c ABC
Mike and Frankie come to question their parenting skills in this episode. Axl gets suspended for truancy, and Mike decides to teach him a lesson by making him work in the quarry during the suspension. Mike's plan implodes, though, when Axl really likes the job, and decides he wants to drop out of school and work in the quarry full time. Also, Sue's beloved cross-country team is cut by the school, and Frankie fears she's responsible for the cutback. Some days parents can't buy a break. — Fred Mitchell

Read on for previews of Survivor: Nicaragua, Hell's Kitchen, Law & Order: SVU, CNBC Titans, Storm Chasers and What's Eating You?. read more

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Premiered: September 30, 2009, on ABC
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Premise: A sitcom about a working-class family in the U.S. heartland following the daily strife of frazzled mum Frankie who, alongside her husband, raises their three kids, the youngest being an outcast at school because of his unusual behaviour.

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