Just last week, fans of The Middle said their final goodbyes to the Heck family as the series ended its nine-season run on ABC. As it turns out, the network may not be quite done with the series after all.
ABC is in the process of developing a spin-off to The Middle which would be centered around Eden Sher’s awkward and quirky character, Sue Heck. Original creators/executive producers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline would return along with Warner Bros. Television.
A deal is not yet finalized, however, as a result of the network recently canceling it’s hit series Roseanne, it’s believed that planning and discussions have picked up speed. According to Entertainment Weekly, The Middle spin-off could be ready for air as a mid-season option next year.
Though often underrated by television critics, The Middle was a hit with fans and views. Throughout its nine seasons on-air, the series delivered respectable ratings, and in a recent interview with Deadline, Heisler confirmed that ABC wanted even more episodes to air. She said, “Our ratings have been great and ABC was very clear they did want more seasons — it was our decision to bring it to a close. And hey… I can’t tell you what’s next… gotta save it for the reboot. See you in ten years!”
The series finale gave viewers one final Heck family road trip as well as a glimpse into the family’s future. Particularly, for Sher’s character, we saw Sue as an adult marrying Sean (her brother Axl’s childhood friend). It’s unclear if the series ending would be taken into account for a Sue Heck spin-off but we’d love to see the Heck family back on the air in 2019.
The Middle also starred Patricia Heaton as Frankie Heck, Neil Flynn as Mike Heck, Charlie McDermott as Axl Heck and Atticus Shaffer as Brick Heck.
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