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Exclusive ‘The Middle’ Season 5 Interview: Atticus Shaffer on the Finale’s Heck Family Vacation and More

The Middle ‘s youngest star Atticus Shaffer is a funny and driven young man who is quick to defend his quirky character Brick, and happy to talk about the series that has made Shaffer a star. Tonight, Wednesday, June 21st at 8PM, the Heck family will sign off until season six with a one hour season finale that takes them from North Carolina to meet Brick’s online girlfriend to Disney World for a vacation sure to be filled with mishaps. Shaffer graciously took the time to chat with  TV Equals  about Brick, the finale and where he thinks his character will ultimately end up. Tune in to the finale tonight, and for more information on  The Middle visit  ABC.com . Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2014/05/21/exclusive-middle-season-5-interview-atticus-shaffer-finales-heck-family-vacation/

The Middle Season 5 Finale 2014 “Orlando/The Wonderful World of Hecks”

The Middle  Season 5 Episode 23 & 24 “Orlando/The Wonderful World of Hecks” airs Wednesday, May 21 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Season finale. Episode Synopsis : The Middle Season 5 Episode 23 & 24 “Orlando/The Wonderful World of Hecks” – While Sue counts down the days until the Hecks depart on their road trip to Walt Disney World (she won the trip in a “Hands on a Hard Body” contest), Brick begs his parents to take a detour to North Carolina so he can meet his online girlfriend, and Axl anxiously awaits the posting of his final grades as a college freshman. Then, when the Hecks arrive at Walt Disney World, a good time may not be had for all when a series of misfortunes threaten to put a damper on their trip, on the one-hour season finale of “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. http://www.tvequals.com/2014/05/21/middle-season-5-finale-2014-orlandothe-wonderful-world-hecks/

The Middle Season 5 Episode 22 “Heck on a Hard Body”

The Middle  Season 5 Episode 22 “Heck on a Hard Body” airs Wednesday, May 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis : The Middle Season 5 Episode 22 “Heck on a Hard Body” – Sue is determined to win herself a car and enters Ehlert Motors ‘Hands on a Hard Body’ contest, in which the last person whose hands never leave the car wins. Meanwhile, Mike and his perpetually down-on-his-luck brother Rusty (Norm Macdonald) find time to bond again when they take a road trip to Chicago with Brick to attend his Spelling Bee; and Frankie has to travel to Axl’s college dorm to help him locate a missing desk or risk losing her $200 deposit, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2014/05/14/middle-season-5-episode-22-heck-hard-body/

The Middle Season 5 Episode 21 “Office Hours”

The Middle  Season 5 Episode 21 “Office Hours” airs Wednesday, May 7 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis : The Middle Season 5 Episode 21 “Office Hours” – Feeling that her mind has been turned into Swiss cheese over the kids’ never ending demanding requests of her, Frankie sets up office hours in which they can only voice their needs between 5:00-6:00 p.m. Meanwhile, an overprotective Mike keeps a stern eye on Darrin to make sure he doesn’t take advantage of Sue, and Brick invites his surprising new friends over to the house for a book club meeting, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2014/05/07/middle-season-5-episode-21-office-hours/

The Middle Season 5 Episode 20 “The Optimist”

The Middle  Season 5 Episode 20 “The Optimist” airs Wednesday, April 30 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis : The Middle Season 5 Episode 20 “The Optimist” – With high school graduation less than two years away, Sue finds herself becoming super stressed out when she hunkers down and frantically tries to earn a scholarship to help pay for college. Meanwhile, upon figuring out that business is down because she forgot to send out all of Dr. Goodwin’s dental appointment reminder cards, Frankie tries to find a way to secretly send them out without her boss finding out. After Mike misinterprets a situation and scolds a girl for picking on Brick, Brick demands that Mike formally apologize, and Axl and his football buddy, Hutch, eat the Hecks out of house and home in order it try to bulk up so that they are big enough to be picked again to play on the team next year, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2014/04/30/middle-season-5-episode-20-optimist/

The Middle Season 5 Episode 19 “The Wind Chimes”

The Middle  Season 5 Episode 19 “The Wind Chimes” airs Wednesday, April 23 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis : The Middle Season 5 Episode 19 “The Wind Chimes” – Frankie pleads with a mean and unyielding Rita Glossner (Brooke Shields) to take down her wind chimes, whose noise is driving the Heck family crazy. Meanwhile, Axl and Hutch find a ratty, old couch abandoned on the street and try to figure out a way to retrieve it, instead of complaining to a pretzel manufacturer for skimping on the salt, Brick instead commits himself to coming up with a new pretzel snack idea for the company, and Sue informs the family that she and Darrin are dating again, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2014/04/23/middle-season-5-episode-19-wind-chimes/

TV ratings: 'Survivor' beats 'American Idol' again; 'Mixology' up, 'The 100' dips slightly

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 26, 2014For the second week in a row, "Survivor" beat "American Idol." Last week it was by a slim margin, but this week was by over a million viewers and 0.3 in the adults 18-49 demo. This is the first season where the CBS reality show has beaten the FOX reality show head-to-head.Elsewhere, new CW sci-fi drama "The 100," which had a big premiere for the network last week, stayed fairly solid in its second week, dipping slightly from its debut.There's also good news for "Mixology" fans. The new ABC comedy had been steadily declining since its premiere in mid-February, but last night was back up to 4.9 million viewers, which is just shy of its premiere numbers of 4.98 million.Despite losing head-to-head with "Survivor," FOX did win the night in total viewers, as CBS was in reruns for the two hours following "Survivor." FOX earned 9.15 million with... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/tv-ratings-survivor-beats-american-idol-again-mixology-up-the-100-dips-slightly.html

The Middle Season 5 Episode 18 “The Smell”

The Middle  Season 5 Episode 18 “The Smell” airs Wednesday, April 2 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis : The Middle Season 5 Episode 18 “The Smell” – After being goaded by his friend Bill Norwood into taking an assistant coaching position on the girls soccer team that Sue is now a member of, Bill has to back out of his duties due to work, and Mike becomes the new head coach but discovers that the girls care more about their various personal issues then the game itself. Meanwhile, after discovering that a mysteriously hideous smell in the house is emanating from Brick, Frankie must attempt to introduce her pungent son to better hygiene, and Axl is completely perplexed by a picture Cassidy painted for him as to whether it means they are still together as a couple or broken up, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2014/04/02/the-middle-season-5-episode-18-the-smell/

The Middle Season 5 Episode 17 “The Walk”

The Middle  Season 5 Episode 17 “The Walk” airs Wednesday, March 26 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis : The Middle Season 5 Episode 17 “The Walk” – After bumping into some old acquaintances on a walk around the neighborhood, Frankie and Mike realize that they are more interesting and charming with them than they are with each other and search for a way to remedy the situation. Meanwhile, Sue ends up with multiple dates to the prom because she is too nice to turn down any of the boys who asked her, and Brick enlists Axl’s aid in preparing an “outside the box” book report, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2014/03/26/the-middle-season-5-episode-17-the-walk/

The Middle Season 5 Episode 16 “Stormy Moon”

The Middle  Season 5 Episode 16 “Stormy Moon” airs Wednesday, March 12 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis : The Middle Season 5 Episode 16 “Stormy Moon” – Frankie is gobsmacked when she is handcuffed, arrested and taken to the police station. But when she discovers that her arrest was over an unreturned library book, she sets her sights on the only person she suspects to be the real guilty party – Brick. Meanwhile, Sue doesn’t know how to express her feelings of disdain to Reverend TimTom over his new partner and girlfriend, Reverend Tammy (Casey Wilson, “Happy Endings”), and Axl and Cassidy reunite during Spring Break but find themselves mostly kissing and not talking to one another, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2014/03/12/the-middle-season-5-episode-16-stormy-moon/
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