Wednesday“The Middle’’ (ABC)
Quirky family sitcom
Stars: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Chris Kattan
The concept: The daily trials of a frazzled working mom in the Midwest, her misfit family, and her woeful career as a car saleswoman.
Our take: Like “Malcolm in the Middle’’ and “Little Miss Sunshine,’’ both of which it resembles, this show benefits from a well-chosen cast of family members, particularly the kids. Still, the situations could be more distinctive and Heaton could use fine tuning, as she gives an audience-minded multi-camera performance in a single-camera setting.
Alternate name: “The Heaton’s On’’
Grade: B (Sept. 30)From left: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, and Eden Sher.