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MIDDLE, THE
Air Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#823) "Fight or Flight"
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SEASON FINALE

FRANKIE AND MIKE ARE ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE FENCE ABOUT WHAT TO DO WHEN AXL INFORMS THEM THAT HE'S GOING TO EUROPE OVER THE SUMMER WITH KENNY, WHICH MEANS HE'S NOT GOING TO ACTIVELY BE LOOKING FOR A JOB, AND SUE PANICS WHEN SHE ACCIDENTALLY SCRAPES A PARKED SUV, ON THE SEASON FINALE OF ABC'S 'THE MIDDLE'

The Episode Was Directed by Co-Creator/Executive Producer Eileen Heisler

"Fight or Flight" - Having finally graduated college, Axl tells Frankie and Mike that he's planning on going to Europe over the summer with Kenny. Although Frankie thinks this is a great once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Mike is less than pleased and thinks his slacker son should be putting all of his summer efforts into finding a job. Meanwhile, Sue begins to panic after she barely scrapes a parked SUV and doesn't hear back from the owner after leaving several notes on the windshield, and Brick discovers that his sudden onset of backaches is due to not sitting in his lawn chair, which was replaced by a normal kitchen-table chair, on the season finale of "The Middle," TUESDAY, MAY 16 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.

"The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

Guest starring are Jen Ray as Nancy Donahue and Jonathan Palmer as Rob.

"Fight or Flight" was written by Ilana Wernick and directed by Eileen Heisler.

"The Middle" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.

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MIDDLE, THE (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/30/09 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (fall 2017)
TIME SLOT:
tuesdays from 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
9 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
the show's current season will be its last
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, August 2017) The upcoming ninth season of ABC's critically acclaimed fan-favorite series "The Middle" will be its final one. It was announced by Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. After almost a decade on the air, the executive producers of the award-winning series have decided that the ninth season would be the best one in which to wrap up the story of the Heck family. The show stars two-time Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton as a harried wife and mother of three who lives in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, and uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. The farewell season begins Tuesday, October 3, at 8:00 p.m. EDT. "The Middle" has received three Humanitas Prize nominations, with a win in 2016 for creators/executive producers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline in the 30 Minute Category for the episode "The Graduate," a Critics' Choice Award nomination and a Gracie Award for Outstanding Comedy. Eden Sher previously received a Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sue Heck. Esquire.com called the show "the finest American sitcom on TV right now," and the Los Angeles Times exclaimed that "'The Middle' is the best family comedy on television."
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Atticus Shaffer as Brick
· Charlie McDermott as Axl
· Eden Sher as Sue
· Neil Flynn as Mike
· Patricia Heaton as Frankie
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Chris Kattan as Bob
CREW INFORMATION:
· DeAnn Heline as CRTR/EP
· Eileen Heisler as CRTR/EP
· Julie Anne Robinson as DIR (Pilot)
GENRE(S):
· comedy (all)
· comedy (single-camera)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Black and Blondie Productions
· Warner Bros. Television