The Middle Exclusive: Molly Shannon to Play Patricia Heaton's TV Sis!

Capping a week chock full of ingenuous TV hirings, The Middle has scored a casting coup of its own: The ABC comedy has snagged Saturday Night Live vet Molly Shannon to guest star as Patricia Heaton’s onscreen sis!

A show rep declined to comment, but TVLine has learned exclusively that Shannon will play the never-before-seen sibling of Heaton’s harried housewife character, Frankie.

Viewers have already been introduced to Frankie’s parents, played by Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke, but this will be our first time meeting the oft-referenced Janet.

Shannon’s hiring follows news that Heaton’s Everybody Loves Raymond hubby Ray Romano will appear in the show’s super-sized Sept. 21 premiere as a man from Frankie’s past.

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  1. abc123 says:

    Oh I love her! Great news!

    Off topic: Do you guys know what’s happening with Molly Shannon’s HBO project (I believe it was a half hour comedy) where she plays a nun? I remember reading about it last fall/winter but haven’t heard anything since. Is HBO picking up the show?

  2. Michael says:

    No! Bad casting move, Shannon is not and was never funny, every character she’s ever played has annoyed me to no end.

  3. Miffy says:

    Awesome – perfect casting.

  4. Ethel says:

    Great news, One of my favorite shows just keeps getting better and better. Too bad so many people overlook this little gem of a show

  5. Kat says:

    This is the best news ever!!! Molly is soooo funny in everything she’s ever in!!

  6. Amy says:

    Finally The Middle is getting some buzz! This is a wonderfully, funny show that should not be underrated like it is.

    • Totally agree! says:

      Totally agree about it being underrated! MF gets all the buzz and awards and it’s a good show. But IMO, this is better. Middle America says it all. Every single one of the actors on this show is great and whoever did the casting was a rock star!

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