On the Set of The Middle
Last month during the #QueenOfKatweEvent I shared details about getting to visit the set of The Middle. We had the opportunity to visit the set and go behind the scenes in their wardrobe trailer. After spending time in the trailer we spent some brief time on set learning about the show and watching some filming.
The Middle just moved to a new night – Tuesdays, and it airs on ABC at 8 P.M. Be sure to tune in tonight for the premiere of Season 8.
Tonight’s episode is titled “The Core Group”. Frankie and Mike are excited to meet April (Greer Grammer) – the love of Axl’s life – but discover that love may indeed be blind when April reveals a quirky personality trait. Meanwhile, after getting bit by the acting bug while working at Dollywood over the summer, Sue wants to change her major to theater, and Brick is starting high school and making it his mission to try for a fresh start and not be considered one of the weird kids.
Two-time Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton stars in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck is a harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Frankie works as a dental assistant, and her unflappable husband, Mike, is manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average – yes, most definitely average – family.
We walked around the set of The Middle, checking out the family home and other parts of the set. I just loved the homey feeling of this mid-western house. It’s amazing the work and details that was put into this set to make it look and feel so real. I will say that this “house” was so different from other home sets I’ve visited and it really does show that the network does research to make it look as real and as close to reality as possible.
When we first arrived on the set, Atticus Shaffer walked over to our group and introduced himself to everyone. He shook all of our hands, and then headed back to set for filming. He was so warm and welcoming. He was super excited about taking photos between takes, and sharing with us about the set. He really made the visit special for me, because he was so friendly.
Inside the wardrobe trailer we saw all the clothes that have appeared on camera for the show. They keep the clothes they haven’t used on the show yet in a separate trailer. If you look closely you’ll notice there are multiples of several of the clothes. That’s to make sure they have extras in case if something happens to any of them. Some are also used as a variant options. For example they may have a shirt that’s perfect, the same shirt with a stain or a rip, and other options as well.
The wardrobe department for the show keeps a digital catalog of all the outfits that have aired on the show. They include the season, episode, date, and scene information, along with other valuable information in case they need to recreate the look.
I had the opportunity to screen the premiere episode and I have to say you don’t want to miss it. As a mom of four it really brought up emotions that I’ll be feeling one day for sure. Remember to tune in tonight for the season premiere of The Middle on ABC.
After watching The Middle stay tuned for a full line up of Tuesday night comedy on ABC. Including the new show American Housewife.
American Housewife at 830/730c:
Katie and husband Greg (Diedrich Bader, “The Drew Carey Show”) have moved to Westport because the school district there is the best option for their youngest, Anna-Kat. Katie finds herself caught up in helping Anna-Kat fit in more while trying to assure that her older kids, Taylor and Oliver, immediately caught up in the luxe Westport lifestyle, fit in a little less. On top of this, Katie has her own insecurities about her place in their new town. Her perfectly imperfect world is upended when her neighbor’s decision to move notches her up from her ideal social standing and sets her on a path to ensure that doesn’t happen, regardless of the consequences.
Fresh Off The Boat at 9/8c:
Louis flies the entire family to Taiwan in an effort to make things right with Gene (Ken Jeong). Upon meeting Gene’s beautiful fiancé, Margaret, and seeing the wonderful life he has built for himself, Louis questions whether his life in Orlando is just as great as it could be in Taiwan. Meanwhile, Jessica takes Eddie, Emery and Evan to her favorite childhood locales, including Dihua Street and Shilin Night Market
The Real O’Neals at 930/830c:
When Kenny, Jimmy and Shannon head back to school, Kenny decides to start the first LGBT club at St. Barklay’s in honor of National Coming Out Day. After only recruiting one meek lesbian named Allison, Kenny pressures her into coming out to her family and ultimately realizes everyone’s journey isn’t as easy as his own. Meanwhile, Eileen realizes she might have real feelings towards VP Murray, unfortunately, Pat also befriends him, which leads to an awkward situation.