The single-camera comedy will follow the twentysomething adventures of 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 of Chicago.
The mothership show creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline will serve as writers while executive producing the pilot. The duo's Blackie and Blondie Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television.
The first report for a planned spin-off centering on Sue emerged back in May. It was reported at that time that negotiations for the spin-off were in the works for a pilot production commitment. Deals were being finalized for Sher, Heisler and Heline.
"The Middle" ended its 9-season run in May. The series earned praise from television critics as well as got numerous award nominations. It delivered a solid rating week after week on Wednesday night slot as it offered a uniquely wholesome-ish family-friendly comedy.
Debuting 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. Also starring on the series were Charlie McDermott and Atticus Shaffer.
Should the spin-off move forward and is picked to series, it will mark the third spin-off from a recent ABC comedy series. It will join "Schooled" and "Grown-ish", a "Black-ish" spin-off which airs on ABC sibling Freeform.
ABC has yet to announce the premiere date for the pilot. However, it's expected that the comedy will arrive sometime during the midseason.