AceShowbiz - A spin-off of "The Middle" may be heading to ABC. The network is reportedly developing a follow-up to its hit comedy "The Middle". The planned series is set to center on Eden Sher's socially awkward late-teen character, Sue Heck.
The spin-off allegedly will be set a few years in the future from "The Middle" finale, which aired on May 22. The project will tackle the next stage of Sue's life as a young adult with a new cast of characters around her.
The spin-off may be premiering in midseason next year with the pilot allegedly being scheduled to start filming in late October. It hails from "The Middle" creators/executive producers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline and studio Warner Bros. TV as a slew of other writers from original series is set to join Heisler and Heline.
The news came in the heels of ABC axing "Roseanne" following star Roseanne Barr racist tweet toward Valerie Jarrett. Rumor has it, the cancellation of the reboot of the hit comedy has added urgency to the negotiations for "The Middle" spin-off. ABC is said to be planning the void left by "Roseanne" by picking up another comedy pilot and an untitled Justin Noble pilot starring Kat Dennings. The other plan includes moving up the premiere of "The Goldbergs" spin-off "Schooled" from midseason to fall.
"The Middle" ended its run after nine seasons just a few days ago. The finale saw Heck getting married to Sean in a flash-forward. "Our ratings have been great and ABC was very clear they did want more seasons--it was our decision to bring it to a close. And hey... I can't tell you what's next... gotta save it for the reboot. See you in ten years!," Heisler said in an interview following the series finale.