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'Cheers' Writer Ken Levine on 'The Middle': "The One Show That Really Made Me Laugh"

"Maybe it’s not cool or hip to recommend The Middle, but when have I ever been cool and hip? Check it out. The best new show you might discover this year is one that is now its in fifth season."

-Longtime Cheers and M*A*S*H writer Ken Levine, recommending the little-talked-about ABC sitcom The Middle on his blog.

'Community' Was Renewed and Other Less Exciting News

Hip! Hip!.. Hopefully, you added, "Hooray" because it's time to celebrate. Community will be renewed for a fourth season. The order will be for 13 episodes; however, there will be an option for NBC to pick-up the back nine, depending on how the show is doing. This puts the show in an interesting but not particularly relaxing situation. The good news is the show is coming back and people at NBC aren't referring to it as its final season. The bad news is the show's fate is still not completely certain. Another wrinkle is that 13 more episodes puts them at 84 total episodes, four shy of the [...]

Neil Flynn Talks Del Close

Neil Flynn, star of sitcoms Scrubs and The Middle, sat down with The AV Club for an interview today, in which he talked about his early days as an improviser at the ImprovOlympic theater. At iO, he studied under improv guru Del Close and performed alongside Ian Roberts, Matt Besser, and Adam McKay in the legendary group The Family. Here's Flynn reminiscing about his Chicago days:

"Del and I were both in a production of Hamlet in the mid-’80s with Chicago native Aidan Quinn starring as Hamlet. Del was Polonius, and that was pretty much his crowning glory, although he still had more than a decade left to live. In [...]

Modern Family Premiere Turns Out Monster Ratings

ABC's Modern Family killed it in the ratings for its hourlong premiere last night. Granted, it was up against Harry's Law and America's Next Top Model (which is in, what, cycle 74?), but hey, 14 million viewers is impressive no matter how you slice it. Especially compared to last night's other comedies The Middle (9.6 million), Up All Night (6 million), and Free Agents (under 4 million).

'The Middle' Is Actually Really Good. Really.

The Middle debuted in 2009 in a timeslot right after what ABC thought was going to be a huge hit: Hank, a cynical mess about a laid off rich guy that used the words “bailout” and “recovery” a lot. It went after a middle American, working class audience while also making fun of that same audience. The Middle seemed like it might have been that kind of thing, too: a modern-day take on Roseanne, centered on a family of slobs from a state nobody in the writers’ room had ever met who can’t make ends meet and are gross and lazy but God love ‘em because they love each [...]