"The Middle" is coming to an end May 22 after nine seasons. ABC is considering ordering a pilot for the spinoff from "Middle" creators DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler and Warner Bros. Television. There isn't a synopsis of the potential show nor even insight into whether it'd be a single-camera comedy like the flagship or multicam (back in vogue thanks to the success of "Roseanne."
A "Middle" spinoff would tonally fit into the working class, Middle America hole left by "Roseanne." The show centered on middle-class Indiana couple Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton) and Mike Heck (Neil Flynn) and their three children, Axl (Charlie McDermott), Sue (Sher) and Brick (Atticus Shaffer). The comedy was a steady performer for ABC. It used to lead off the network's Tuesday night comedy block, until "Roseanne" debuted earlier this year.
This final season has focused a great deal on the eternally optimistic Sue Heck and her final year of college. Sher has spoken about her desire to explore the possibility of Sue leaving Indiana and getting a job in hotel management in a larger city.