Patricia Heaton is coming back to the small screen with ABC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Heaton has signed on for the lead of the pilot The Middle, which led ABC to greenlight the new series.
The new series was written by DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler and revolves around a Midwestern middle class family, told through the vantage point of the matriarch (Heaton).
The pilot was originally in development in 2006 with the network, with Ricki Lake attached to star. The project was brought back to life this summer and set with a cast-contingency, which was lifted with Heaton's arrival.
Production is set to begin in February.