I was invited by Disney to attend the #QueenOfKatwe and #ABCTVEvent Event. Although all of my expenses were paid, all opinions are my own.
While in Los Angeles for the Queen Of Katwe premiere, we were able to experience some behind the scenes tours of some hit ABC shows. One of the shows was The Middle which is returning for Season 8. The premiere is tonight at 8/7c and you don’t want to miss it.
We first arrived on the set of The Middle and met Atticus Shaffer- he was SO warm and welcoming. He took the time to introduce himself to each of us and shook our hands. Then, we headed onto the set in between filming to grab some pictures on set and with the cast that were available.
Patricia Heaton “Frankie Heck” and Neil Flynn “Mike Heck” were so inviting and super nice! I enjoyed our time spent with them on the set!
We then spent a few minutes with Charlie McDermott “Axl Heck” and Atticus Shaffer “Brick Heck” before heading to the Wardrobe Trailer for a tour!
Touring the Wardrobe trailer was so neat and informational. You never know what goes into a show until you see a behind the scenes tour. The awesome thing about The Middle is that it has been on the air since 2009 and so they’ve been able to improve on their efficiency of costume changes.
We got to chat with the costume designer, Julia Caston, and take a look at the different variety of clothes that they have all separated by character. We did notice that they sometimes had numerous in one shirt or style. The costume designer told us that sometimes they order or purchase clothes in more than one size just to have them on hand because you never know. Further, they had the clothes for the episodes separated along with pictures of the characters wearing them full outfit. This was just in case they had to re-shoot a scene, they knew what exactly the actors were wearing and how they were wearing it.
It was so neat to chat with the costume designer and learn how the costumes and actors are styled. I love that The Middle uses bright colors and unique styles! What a cool behind the scenes experience!
Now that you’ve seen a bit of our behind the scenes experience on the set of The Middle, I’m super excited to share some previews of tonight’s Season Premiere!
Season 8 Premiere, “The Core Group”
Tuesday, October 11 at 8/7c on ABC
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.
I had the opportunity to screen the season premiere episode and it is certainly one you don’t want to miss. Ensure you tune in tonight at 8/7c for the Season 8 Premiere! Also, stick around after the season premiere for some more fun on ABC:
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.
Be sure to tune in to ABC tonight for some fun! Follow along and share your thoughts about the show on Twitter using hashtag #TheMiddle!