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MIDDLE, THE
Air Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#908) "Eyes Wide Open"
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AXL VISITS HUTCH IN CHICAGO BUT DISCOVERS THAT HIS ONCE FREE-SPIRITED COLLEGE ROOMMATE IS ACTING LIKE A RESPONSIBLE ADULT, AND SUE IS UNABLE TO SLEEP AFTER WATCHING A HORROR FILM THAT SHE THOUGHT WAS ABOUT CUTE LITTLE LAMBS, ON ABC'S 'THE MIDDLE'

"Eyes Wide Open" - Axl heads to Chicago to visit Hutch for the weekend but discovers that his friend, who has his own apartment and a job, is now acting more like a responsible adult than the free-spirited college student he once knew. Meanwhile, Sue's excitement over having the apartment to herself over the weekend turns to horror when she is unable to sleep after watching "Silence of the Lambs"; and Brick enlists Frankie and Mike's aid to help convince Lilah, a new student who doesn't know anyone at school yet, that she and Brick would make a cute couple, on "The Middle," TUESDAY, NOV. 21 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

"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 Brenna D'Amico as Lilah, Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig, Alphonso McAuley as Hutch, Noah Baron as male partygoer, Ashley Dulaney as female partygoer and Amos Blackmon as male partygoer 2.

"Eyes Wide Open" was written by Rich Dahm and directed by Jaffar Mahmood.

"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 - 5/22/18
STATUS:
canceled/ended (2017-2018 season)
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
SEASON(S):
9 (215 episodes, 0 of which have yet to air)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
series finale aired on 5/22/18
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