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Fall TV Preview: The Middle

Returning comedy, 8-8:30PM, ABC

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Patricia Heaton will take on her former Everybody Loves Raymond foil when Doris Roberts guest-stars as a new teacher for Brick (Atticus Shaffer). Also in season 2, the Heck family will explore homecoming, family holidays, and hosting an exchange student, inspired by Heaton’s own experience. ”Patty told us some really funny stories that we’re incorporating,” says exec producer DeAnn Heline. And Sue’s (Eden Sher) newfound love for cross-country will serve as a running joke. ”We’re going to have some fun with how Sue, who’s never made [a team], reacts to having made something, mostly by mentioning cross-country every chance she gets,” says exec producer Eileen Heisler. Adds Heline: ”She wears a cross-country sweatshirt that she doesn’t take off for about 10 episodes.” SEPT. 22