Patricia Heaton's 'The Middle' Is Ending After Season 9


It's the end for The Middle.

The upcoming ninth season will be the final chapter for Patricia Heaton's half-hour comedy, ABC announced on Wednesday. The decision to end the series was made by The Middle co-creators and showrunners Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline.

Heaton stars as Frankie Heck, a harried wife and mother of three who lives in the Orson, Indiana, and uses her wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher and Atticus Shaffer also star.

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Following the announcement, Heaton tweeted about the news, promising that the final season will be top-notch. "We love our fans and we're bringing you the most epic final season ever!" she wrote.

“The Heck family has been part of the ABC family for almost a decade. It’s rare for a series to have this type of longevity, and we are proud to have been its home. We’ve watched Axl, Sue and Brick grow up right before our eyes under Frankie and Mike’s unique parenting style,” said Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment “I’m looking forward to the fitting and happy ending the producers will give the Hecks and our viewers.”

“Last year we sat down with our cast and made the bittersweet decision together that in this ninth season it is time to bring the Hecks’ story to a close. It’s been an amazing run, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we’re looking forward to having an entire year to say goodbye,” said Heisler and Heline in a joint statement. “Plus, we wanted to go out before too many people knew we were on the air.”

The final season of The Middle premieres Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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