The long-running comedy will conclude in 2018.
August 2, 2017
ABC announced today that The Middle will be coming to an end after its upcoming ninth season. The family comedy was given an early renewal back in January after being moved to Tuesday nights from its familiar Wednesday night slot for Season 8.
The half-hour series is the latest veteran comedy on the network to come to an end. Last Man Standing was unexpectedly cancelled back in May after its sixth season. The difference with The Middle is that the advanced notice should give its showrunners the opportunity to plan out a proper ending for when the show signs off for good in 2018.
Season 9 of The Middle will premiere on Tuesday, October 3.
That said, I'll make one last comment and go. First, you're right. Tim Allen was upset about the cancelling. But several news stories have explained that ABC essentially leased the show and made very little money from it. And Allen's contract was up and he asked for a big raise. Plus they had just made a decision to not air comedies on Friday anymore ?!? So it was totally a bottom line decision.
Your complaints against President Obama do not take into account that the day he took office, the US economy was as close to being in total ruin then it had been in 80 years. And the worse wasn't over for some time, plus the surprise of how expensive two unfunded wars ended up being. The insanity of cutting taxes in the midst of two wars was staggering.
Add to that, the GOP leaders in Congress publicly proclaimed on inauguration day that they will do anything to sabotage President Obama's administration, even at the cost of damaging the country. And they followed through every day for the next 8 years. I recall once that John Boehner pulled his own bill from the vote because Obama and the democrats supported it. And the Senate endured a record number of filibusters, and one serious government shutdown. And still President Obama left office with a 59% approval rating. Trump has barely ever been above 40%
You say you are against socialist policies. Yet I pointed out a number of ways you participate in socialism every day. Do you object to them? Do you have insurance of any kind (health, life, car, home)? The insurance business model is based 100% on socialism.
Consider the risk of taking away social programs that assist the poor, sick and helpless. The problems they suffer with won't go away just because the public funds stop. In fact they'll get worse and be even more expensive in the long run. Plus, they cause a reverse socialism. The money drained from the social programs will be given to the ultra-wealthy in very lopsided tax cuts. And forget "trickle down". I know some rich people. They're the stingiest people I've ever met. If anyone else gets a benefit that they don't have access to, they never stop complaining about it.
My advice to you is to be less angry and look at the liberal/progressive position objectively. Spending less money on social programs doesn't mean that money has been saved or better utilized.
Frankly, I don't care what your POV is, and yes, I am a liberal, but I've always evaluated every side of an issue. I just happen to agree with the liberal position more often then not.
You labeled me a dreaded "socialist" (but it wasn't intended as "name calling", was it?). I contend I'm no more a socialist than you are. Or do you not feel that your taxes should be used to provide police and fire protection for people you've never met? Especially if they pay less money than you do. Does it anger you that you contribute to the building and maintenance of roads you'll never drive on? Do you think rich people should get better assurance that their food and drugs aren't poisonous then poor people get? If you feel those (and many more) are all reasonable contributions to society, then you too are a socialist.
Now you deflect and drag several other shows into why The Middle is ending. That has nothing to do with it. I contend that the show has run it's course and 30 year old people playing teenagers who never leave home gets stale very fast. Plus it stymies their future careers.
I don't know why "Last Man Standing" ended. Maybe that cast wanted to break away and it wasn't a network decision. It seems the networks are mostly bottom line driven and won't kill a golden egg laying goose. And if it were a network decision based purely on politics, why hasn't ANY OTHER network picked the show up? What a no-brainer to pick up a discarded show that has a strong following. Don't dismiss the possibility that Tim Allen and crew didn't want to continue.
Enjoy your tea party Fox News echo chamber. At least it saves energy on not having to perform any critical thinking.
You seem to be the parrot here. You've spouted nothing but talking point rhetoric. I bet you don't even know what I was referring to. Heaton made comments that showed she had no idea what she was talking about. She made 100% incorrect statements about women getting benefits from the government when the truth was they were trying to get benefits that they paid for and was owed to them.
Patricia Heaton is clearly not a nice person. But maybe she was playing to people like you, who'd rather hate people in need rather than try to help them.
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