Then they could write in hilarious one liners about the 2nd Axl when the original Axl returns from an unsuccessful program.
Maybe Roseanne could play a next door neighbor in a guest role the way Brooke Shields did.
They find out when they get a script with their characters death.
If he had told the producers he was looking they might have sabotaged him. His character isn't living at home, he's easy to write out.
Probably still available elsewhere though, streaming or Bit Torrent.)Actually, r1, The Middle airs on ABC but is produced by Warner Brothers Television (WBTV).
And I agree with r2--Shelley Long left a show at the height of its success.
Rumor is that Eden Sher, who plays middle daughter Sue Heck, is also considering leaving to pursue a film career.
On The Middle, Mc Dermott plays the eldest Heck child, Axl, currently a business major at East Indiana State University on a football scholarship. Greg Garcia is one of the biggest comedy showrunners on the roster of CBS sibling CBS TV Studios with multiple series under his belt that have gone to syndication, something the network wants to achieve with an owned sitcom.
It's a business, a contractual relationship, not a personal friendship.
The original pilots for comedies The Big Bang Theory, The Mc Carthys and Rules of Engagement were scrapped, with the second ones going to series. If he's not contracted and he has an offer from CBS, wtf were they hoping would happen? Hollywood has one of the worst business models in the world, and it's run by total morons. I really liked the Super Clyde pilot with Rupert Grint & Stephen Fry.
You can't just "expect" that a cast will wait around. (It was on You Tube for a while, but I went looking and didn't find it now.
Since the character is in college, there is a possibility of Axl not appearing in every episode, with Mc Dermott switching from a regular to recurring status. Super Clyde has been a passion project for Garcia who first piloted it for CBS in 2013 with Rupert Grint as the lead.
(I hear there is interest in bringing original co-star Stephen Fry to reprise his role in the new pilot.)CBS has a strong track record in successfully retooling pilots. It's a pretty much guaranteed success for an actor.