Next year The Middle will end its run after nine years, and it was a sad farewell to the beloved show featuring the Heck family at TCA. But co-creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline were were quick to point out that ending the show was definitely their choice and that the timing was chosen with care.
“The decision for us to end the show was a very personal decision,” Hiesler said. “When we spoke to [ABC president] Channing Dungey last season we were talking about having this season [be the last]. It meant a lot to us to know we had a season to say goodbye.”
If the opinions of middle America are now at a political forefront, then perhaps this was a time when the show might have been even more embraced, but Heline said the existing worldwide reception for the show had been gratifying either way. “What we find is that The Middle is now playing everywhere around the world,” she said, “and what’s amazing is that whether you’re someone who’s in an urban city or in another country, everyone can identify with it.”
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