Fall TV Preview

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.