Middle's Charlie McDermott to Lead CBS' Super Clyde Pilot — What of Axl?!

Charlie McDermott CBS Pilot

What the Heck?

With ABC yet to renew The Middle for a seventh season — and with that cast’s contracts up this spring — Charlie McDermott has signed on as the lead in CBS’ Super Clyde pilot, our sister site Deadline reports.

Penned by Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl), the comedy follows a meek, unassuming fast-food worker who finds his calling. (This marks Super Clyde‘s second go-around as a pilot; Harry Potter‘s pal Rupert Grint previously filled the title role.)

Deadline reports that Middle producer Warner Bros. TV has yet to approach several cast members (McDermott included) about inking new contracts, without a renewal deal in place from ABC (which has yet to announce any scripted pick-ups for the 2015-16 season).

If CBS orders Super Clyde to series in May, McDermott could ostensibly switch to recurring status on The Middle, with Axl away at college and all/not needed for every episode.

If The Middle gets renewed, can it move on with less Axl?