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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.

Comments (12)

  • 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?

    Comment by abc123 – August 19, 2011 03:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No! Bad casting move, Shannon is not and was never funny, every character she’s ever played has annoyed me to no end.

    Comment by Michael – August 19, 2011 03:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You must be living in an alternate universe.

      Comment by Kevin H. – August 19, 2011 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree…I want to like her but she is just sooo annoying!

      Comment by Sarah – August 19, 2011 11:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • YUCK! Cannot tolerate Molly Shannon. Hers were the episodes of Will & Grace I had to miss.

      Comment by Templar – August 20, 2011 03:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The only time I didn’t hate her performance was in Serendipity.

      Comment by Stormy – August 20, 2011 07:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome – perfect casting.

    Comment by Miffy – August 19, 2011 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Ethel – August 19, 2011 06:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is the best news ever!!! Molly is soooo funny in everything she’s ever in!!

    Comment by Kat – August 19, 2011 08:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Finally The Middle is getting some buzz! This is a wonderfully, funny show that should not be underrated like it is.

    Comment by Amy – August 20, 2011 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Totally agree! – August 20, 2011 10:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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