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ABC’s ‘The Middle’ Spinoff Adds ‘Silicon Valley’ Actor Chris Diamantopoulos

Actor to play Sue’s ”mercurial, charming and rich“ new boss

Chris Diamantopoulos has joined the cast of ABC’s “The Middle” spinoff as a series regular.

The “Silicon Valley” actor will play Nick, the mercurial, charming and rich owner of the hotel that Sue Heck (Eden Sher) now works at in Chicago.

Sher, the breakout star of the nine-season ABC family comedy, stars in the untitled spinoff (formerly titled “Sue Sue in the City”) as the eternal optimist Sue Heck as she leaves the small town of Orson to navigate the ups and downs of a career and young adulthood in the big city.

“The Middle” creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline wrote and executive produced the pilot, which hails from the duo’s Blackie and Blondie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The spinoff will reunite Sher with Brock Ciarelli, who appeared in 56 episodes on the ABC sitcom as Brad Bottig, Sue Heck’s best friend.

Premiering in 2009, “The Middle” starred Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn as a middle-class couple raising their three kids in the fictional town of Orson, Indiana. Charlie McDermott and Atticus Shaffer also starred. Should it go to series, Sher’s series would be the second comedy spinoff at ABC, joining the “Goldbergs” offshoot “Schooled,” which is slated for midseason.