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Ed Asner Has Choice Words For Frankie And Mike On 'The Middle'

Wanting a pair of night vision goggles, Brick was shocked to find out his parents expected him to earn the money for them himself on " The Middle " (Wed., 8 p.m. ET on ABC). In turn, Mike and Frankie were even more shocked when he went out and found a job. Brick had signed up to deliver the local newspaper. But it turns out, he doesn't have a natural aptitude for the task, and suddenly Mike and Frankie found themselves doing it for him, which suited Brick just fine. It also allowed the couple to fight out an issue over Mike having a secret stash of batteries that Frankie stumbled upon after ten years. She did lose a bit of her indignation when he told her he knew about her stash of cake frosting. Still, the job proved more than they wanted to take on, so they headed in to quit for Brick. Only the paper owner, played by the classically crusty Ed Asner , wasn't going to just take that lying down. He had plenty of choice comments about their parenting style and skills, really talking about the parenting -- or lack thereof -- of the entire current generation. In the end, his character guilted the family into sticking with the paper route, only Brick went along and helped this time around. And he earned enough for those night vision goggles, so it was a lesson well learned and a gift well earned. On the other side of the spectrum, Axl was inexplicably nice to Sue -- especially considering when she thought she was getting her braces removed, she instead came back with head gear -- in light of her wrestling boyfriend moving to another town and ultimately breaking up with her. "The Middle" leads off ABC's strong Wednesday night lineup at 8 p.m. ET every week. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser. //

The Middle “The Paper Route” Season 3 Episode 19

The Middle  "The Paper Route" Season 3  Episode 19  airs Wednesday, March 14 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television  Network. Episode Synopsis :Brick takes a job as a newspaper delivery boy from the town’s veteran newsman (Edward Asner) in order to buy himself night vision goggles, and Axl tries to convince Sue that a long distance relationship will not work between her and boyfriend Matt when his family moves away from Orson. Read More... //  

ABC Family Acquires 'The Middle' for Syndication

  ABC Family has picked up syndication rights to ABC's  Patricia Heaton  comedy series The Middle . The female- and youth-skewing cable network will air repeats of the comedy, from Warner Bros. Television, beginning in fall 2013. Middle , currently wrapping up its third season, is up 3 percent year-over-year in total viewers and 8 percent in viewers 12-34, ABC Family's target demographic. Read More... //

The Middle “Leap Year” Season 3 Episode 18

The Middle  "Leap Year" Season 3  Episode 18  airs Wednesday, February 29 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television  Network. Episode Synopsis : Because this year is a leap year and Sue’s birthday falls on February 29, she is overly excited about celebrating her big day in a big way. But given her parents’ track record with celebrations, Sue may need to lower her expectations. Read More... //  

The Middle “The Sit Down” Season 3 Episode 17

The Middle  "The Sit Down" Season 3 Episode 17 airs Wednesday, February 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network . Episode Synopsis : Axl, Sue and Brick call a sit down meeting with a shocked Frankie and Mike, accusing mom of being a nag and dad of giving out crazy punishments without ever hearing  their sides of the story. In return, all they ask is for a chance to do what they’re supposed to do – on their own – without constantly being harassed by their parents . Read More... //  

The Middle “Valentine’s Day III” Season 3 Episode 15

The Middle  "Valentine’s Day III" Season 3  Episode 15 airs Wednesday , February 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network . Episode Synopsis : Frankie and Mike decide to try a fresh approach to Valentine’s Day by having dinner out with friends. But a clueless Mike angers Frankie by refusing to present her with a simple romantic gesture. Meanwhile, Axl can’t think of a life-changing moment that’s occurred in his life when he’s assigned to write a school paper on the subject, Brick is tasked with writing a report on love, and a hapless Sue doesn’t understand why her new boyfriend has suddenly turned into a bad kisser, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Read More... //  

TV ratings: Super Bowl XLVI close to a record in early returns

The Super Bowl may not quite set a ratings record for the third straight year -- but it could come awfully close.Metered-market ratings for Super Bowl XLVI show the game scoring a 47.8 rating/71 share in Nielsen's metered-market ratings, which for live broadcasts are sometimes a better indicator of the audience than the fast national ratings, which are below. That's just a tenth of a point behind the last two Super Bowls, which are the No. 1 and No. 2 telecasts in U.S. television history.Following the game, the premiere of "The Voice" scored a 19.4/33 in the metered markets, considerably better than FOX's broadcast of "Glee" (15.3/27) last year.... //

The Middle “Hecking It Up” Season 3 Episode 14

The Middle  "Hecking It Up" Season 3 Episode 14  airs Wednesday, January 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television  Network. Episode Synopsis : With Indiana hosting the Super Bowl, Frankie is devastated when she hopes to land a plum assignment as an official volunteer and ends up with a less-than-stellar position. Meanwhile, the entire Heck household takes advantage of the Donahue’s new car while they are out of town, and a scary, close call with the car causes Sue to profess her true feelings to her new boyfriend, Matt, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.  Read More... //  

The Middle “The Map” Season 3 Episode 13

The Middle  "The Map " Season 3 Episode 13  airs Wednesday, January 11 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on theABC Television  Network. Episode Synopsis : After attending Aunt Ginny’s funeral, Frankie begins to fear that the family is missing  out on important life milestones and vows to begin celebrating all of them. Meanwhile, Axl accidentally eats Brick’s Indiana dough school map project and is tasked with creating a new one, and Sue discovers that one of the boys  on the wrestling team has a crush on her, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. //  

Whoopi Goldberg Signs On to The Middle

Whoopi Goldberg will guest-star on an upcoming episode of ABC's The Middle , the show's executive producer announced Wednesday at the winter TV previews. Goldberg will appear on the 21st episode as the guidance counselor of Sue ( Eden Shur ), executive producer Eileen Heisler said during a panel that also featured the showrunners of ABC's other Wednesday night comedies, Suburgatory , Modern Family and Happy Endings . Also coming soon to visit the Heck family... //