Magazine article Variety

A Time Capsule of Treasured Memories

Magazine article Variety

A Time Capsule of Treasured Memories

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While the Hecks on "The Middle" are a nuclear family, in many ways the town of Orson is an extended family. Neighbors come together to lend a hand when someone needs to borrow a tool, and their kids are often welcomed into each others' homes. It's a sentiment that stems from the way the show has been run, led by DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler, echoing out from the show's cast and crew to their audience, as well.

"I remember a great story about a woman who was one of the stalwarts of Newtown, Conn., and a huge, huge fan of the show," says Warner Bros. Television Group president Peter Roth. "She used to assemble townspeople, about a year after the tragedy that took place there, to bring a group of people to her store to watch the show."

The woman was Eunice Laverty, and on Wednesday nights she would open the doors of Bagel Delight, her small bagel shop and deli, to those in her community who wanted to come by and bond over "The Middle." Heline, Heisler and Roth were so touched whe they heard how much th show meant to her that they called her to tell her how grateful they were. …

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