'The Middle' star Eden Sher confirms ABC is working on a pilot for spinoff based around her character Sue Heck
In an interview with Michael Ausiello, Sher also says that it's unlikely the show will premiere this coming season and that it could air mid-season at the earliest.
It was previously reported that Eden Sher might be making her return to ABC as Sue Heck in her own spinoff of 'The Middle.' Having run for nine seasons and 215 episodes, the popular sitcom aired its final episode this past May, and rumors of Sher featuring in her own show have been making the rounds since.
The 26-year-old actress all but confirmed the news in a recent interview with TVLine's Michael Ausiello, revealing that the network had ordered a pilot for the potential series that could launch sometime in early 2019, though officials at ABC have declined to comment on the news.
"We are shooting a pilot!" she had exclaimed excitedly, much to the surprise of Ausiello. "I hope it gets picked up. I don't want to jinx it but I think it’s going to be great," she adds, discussing what direction the series could head towards and when it might go live. She also admitted that 'it was kind of crazy because they had announced the pilot before they got any of the deals done.'
Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline co-created and served as showrunners for 'The Middle,' which had garnered praise for its consistent standard and its realistic portrayal of lower-middle-class families, and were expected to take up the helm of this spinoff as well. Sher, while not addressing the rumor, did confirm that the pair had penned the script for the pilot.
The two-part finale, 'A Heck of a Ride,' featured Axl (Charlie McDermott) deciding he would take up the job in Denver and informing his parents, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike (Neil Flynn), about the call, as well as some heartfelt moments between him and siblings Sue and Brick (Atticus Shaffer).
Sue is still in college, though there was a flash-forward scene that reveals she eventually marries neighbor Sean. When asked if she had read the pilot, Sher says "it's not done yet,' though she does suggest that the timeline of the show would not be set so far ahead in the future. Because that marriage would be approximately 10 years ahead, she indicates the spinoff could take place sometime after her graduation from college.
Sher also says that it's unlikely the show will premiere this coming season and that it could air mid-season at the earliest. When Ausiello theorizes that the show could take over ABC's Tuesday-at-8 pm time slot after 'Roseanne' spinoff 'The Conners' completes its 10-episode run, the actress exclaims that he should 'talk to the people at ABC and tell them his great ideas.'
Having played Sue for close to a decade, Sher was asked what she thought of the possibility of doing so for another. She chirpily replied: "If she is a young adult and fresh and cool and, like, Sue as an adult, then yes!" adding that Sue would "always have a place in my heart."
Watch Eden Sher talk about a potential 'The Middle' spinoff here: