Monday - Saturday 7 & 7:30pm
Dec. 9 at 7pm
Frankie makes it her mission to get an overly excited Sue tickets to a Justin Bieber concert, while Mike coaches Brick to be competitive in the school’s upcoming spelling bee.
Dec. 9 at 7:30pm
'The Final Four'
Frankie forces Mike to choose which life event is most important to him—going to her uncle’s funeral or going to the big Final Four game.
Dec. 10 at 7pm
'The Sit Down'
Axl, Sue and Brick call a sit down meeting with a shocked Frankie and Mike, accusing their mom of being a nag and their dad of giving out crazy punishments without ever hearing their sides of the story.
Dec. 10 at 7:30pm
'TV or Not TV'
After having their power turned off because they couldn’t afford to pay their electric bill on time, Frankie and Mike decide to cut out unnecessary expenses—starting with their cable TV.
Dec. 11 at 7pm
Sue yearns to celebrate her leap year birthday in a big way, but given Frankie and Mike’s track record with celebrations, she might need to lower her expectations.
Dec. 11 at 7:30pm
Frankie is worried that Axl’s going to get his heart crushed again when his on-again/off-again girlfriend, Morgan (guest star Alexa Vega), re-enters his life.
Dec. 12 at 7pm
'The Paper Route'
Brick takes a job as a newspaper delivery boy from a veteran newsman (Edward Asner), while Sue convinces herself that a long-distance relationship with Matt will work.
Dec. 12 at 7:30pm
Frankie escapes the chaos of Mother’s Day at home to visit her mom (guest star Marsha Mason), and ends up causing some chaos of her own.
Dec. 13 at 7pm
'Get Your Business Done'
A church sermon inspires the Heck family to live life to its fullest without regrets, and while Mike and the kids put this into action, Frankie struggles to find her own mission.
Dec. 13 at 7:30pm
At the spring Heck family BBQ, Mike decides that he and Brick need to try and become more social when Frankie points out that Mike’s social ineptness was passed on to Brick.
About the Show
Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country, Frankie Heck, a harried wife and working mother of three uses her wry wit and sense of humor to try to get her family through each day intact. Her work life’s no easier, as she struggles day to day as the least successful saleswoman in Orson, Indiana’s only surviving car dealer. But an unexpected turn of events at work could force her to reevaluate her career. Frankie’s unflappable husband, Mike, is a manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average—yes, most definitely average—family.
Between juggling shifts and picking up fast food dinners eaten in front of the TV, Frankie and Mike raise their kids with love and solid Midwestern practicality. Axl (McDermott), the oldest, is a high school senior and jock slacker who eats the family out of house and home and walks around in his underwear. But his lazy days may be numbered when Mike makes it his mission to ensure that Axl will somehow earn a sports scholarship and be able to attend college next year. Then there's Sue (Sher), their extraordinarily ordinary teen daughter who fails at just about everything she tries with great gusto. Now a sophomore in high school, she continues to navigate the raging waters of school life, and, to Frankie and Mike’s horror, will even attempt to get her driver’s license. Finally, there’s Brick (Shaffer), their quirky fifth-grader, who reads constantly, whispers to himself and unapologetically marches to the beat of his own drummer.
Through all the madness, however, shines a loving family—and together, the Hecks are putting The Middle on the map.
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Robert Gant (Popular) and Elizabeth Hurley (Gossip Girl, Austin Powers) have inked recurring roles on The Tomorrow People, reports E!Online. Gant will play the mysterious new boyfriend of Stephen’s (Robbie Amell) mom, while Hurley will voice Ultra’s A.I. super-computer with an oddly vindictive streak. The Tomorrow People is all-new Wednesday at 9pm, with the midseason finale next week.
Katrina Law (Spartacus, Legend of the Seeker) will fill the shoes of Ra’s al Ghul’s love child, Nyssa, another member of the League of Assassins, in upcoming episodes of Arrow, confirms EW. There’s speculation online that Summer Glau’s character, Isabel Rochev, is secretly Ghul’s daughter, Talia.
With Damon’s Augustine past revealed on The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder teases this week’s flashbacks as “brutal” and “crazy.” In fact, costar Nina Dobrev (Elena) could barely get through the scenes, says TVLine. “I’m not good at that kind of stuff and hated watching it. I’ll probably have to close my eyes when I catch it on TV.”
Zoe’s (Rachel Bilson) cousin, Vivian (Lauren Bittner), isn’t going away any time soon—and neither is Wade’s potential romance with the Wilkes beauty, Hart of Dixie EP Leila Gerstein tells zap2it. “The next new episode (January 13) finds Zoe in the middle as the relationship is beginning. It’s her new cousin and her ex-boyfriend, and it’s hard.” Wade (Wilson Bethel) will also have his hands full trying to win over Vivian’s eight-year-old son, who hates his mom’s new suitor.