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The Middle - Season 3

by Tony Pinizzotto
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Monday Oct 14, 2013
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Now available from Warner Home Video on DVD is "The Middle: The Complete Third Season." This box set’s 3 discs have the complete 24 episodes from the 2011-2012 season.

In what has become one of ABC-TV’s fastest growing funniest favorite sitcoms, the Heck family find themselves dealing with the everyday challenges of middle-class life in suburbia. Even though they’re noisy, combative, crazy, and silly characters, Frankie (Patricia Heaton), Mike (Neil Flynn), Axl (Charlie McDermott), Sue (the adorably funny Eden Sher), and Brick (Atticus Schaffer) deliver a group performance that surpasses past dysfunctional-family-inspirations such as "Malcolm in The Middle" and "Arrested Development."

" ...if you haven’t fallen in love with them as of yet, binge-watching all of "The Middle" on DVD will have you rooting for these underdogs ..."

Highlights include guest star appearances by Ray Romano (Romano was Heaton’s on-screen husband in her previous TV venture "Everybody Loves Raymond"); Veteran Marsha Mason as the family’s grandmother; The reoccurring neighbor and wonderful funny-gal Julie Brown; actor Brock Ciarlelli as Sue’s ambiguously effeminate best friend, Brad; and ’SNL’ alums Chris Kattan as Frankie’s car-selling coworker and Molly Shannon as Frankie’s sister Janet.

Although Season 3 comes with extras (like deleted scenes and a very funny gag reel), one has to wonder why Warner Home Entertainment is just releasing Season 3 of this huggable series when September 2013 marks the start of "The Middle"’s Fifth Season. That being said, if you haven’t fallen in love with them as of yet, binge-watching all of "The Middle" on DVD will have you rooting for these underdogs from beginning, to "The Middle," and beyond.

A native of the South Jersey/Philadelphia area Tony Pinizzotto holds a BA in Speech Communications, with a double major in Theatre Arts, and a minor in vocal performance from Rowan University, NJ. Pinizzotto began his career in Chicago, writing in Marketing and Promotions for numerous TV/Film/Theatrical companies including; ABC-TV, CBS-TV, Weigel Broadcasting Co., Paramount Studios, and LarsErik Films; and was a co-founder of Chicago’s critically acclaimed Close Call Theatre. Pinizzotto currently works as a Actor/Writer/Producer in Los Angeles. In his spare time Tony collects vintage classic motion pictures on 16mm film, Hollywood ephemera, and 60s Polynesian Tiki memorabilia. He is a member of The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation and The Los Angeles Conservancy, preserving the art, history, and restoration of vintage LA movie palaces. Pinizzotto also writes for his classic film blog WTFCinema.blogspot.com and is the leading biographer for 50s character actor Jules Munshin. Tony Pinizzotto currently lives with his Domestic Partner of 18 years, and their puppy Tiddly.

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