“It’s working-class people and the things they go through. They’re trying to stay above water. I wanted to bring those subjects to television.”
“It’s very oddly full circle in a really strange way, because (The Middle) is influenced by Roseanne and … and Roseanne is coming back just as we’re going to end,” Heisler says. “I enjoy being part of the legacy of Roseanne, because it was such a great show. It does feel like a weird little bow, coming all around.”
When The Middle premiered in 2009, “I think the world was ready again for a Midwestern flyover-state story. People embraced it and we heard from our fans — from the Midwest, especially: ‘You have a camera in my house!’ ” Heisler says. She believes TV is starting to pay more attention to working families.
“When we came on the scene, we were saying, ‘Hey, ABC, you need to go back to these roots and remember the flyover states,’ and I think, with the current political climate, executives have become aware, so I think there is a trend toward representing more average Americans,” Heisler says.
“A lot of the shows that ABC did since we started stylistically looked kind of like our show and explored the family thing in different ways, but maybe inspired by what we did.”