This undated publicity image released by ABC shows actress Eden Sher as Sue Heck in a scene from the comedy series "The Middle," airing Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Sher wore a set of removable braces to her audition to play the daughter on the ABC comedy, helping her win the job. They're the signature of the geeky, loveable loser that is high school soph Sue Heck. (AP Photo/ABC, Michael Ansell)With the cancellation of "Roseanne" leaving a hole in ABC's comedy lineup, the network is developing a spinoff of "The Middle" starring Eden Sher.

"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.

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