Michael Ansell/ABCThere are two things we love about Thanksgiving — the food and the annual train wreck celebrated by the Hecks on the ABC comedy The Middle. Not that a regular afternoon is uneventful in Frankie’s household, but things always seem to go especially awry on Turkey Day. So odds are that adding a dash of Jack McBrayer to the mix will spice up the comedy even more. 30 Rock’s beloved Kenneth the Page will be making his third appearance on The Middle as Dr. Ted Goodwin this week. But this time, he’ll be leaving his dentist smock at the doctor’s office and pulling up a chair at the dinner table on the special holiday episode.
In a recent one-on-one interview, Jack described the episode, saying, “It’s another Heck family Thanksgiving, which is always a little precarious just on its own. And Dr. Goodwin finds his way on the invitation list, as well as a couple of other, not necessarily invited guests.”
Of course for the last seven years, Jack’s been dining with the likes of Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin so he had to adjust to sitting at the grown-ups’ table on a new series. But he seemed to adjust quite easily. He reflected on being the relative outsider coming into an established ensemble, “It’s beautiful and it’s fun. But it is so weird to be a guest in someone’s house as opposed to hosting someone who’s there for perhaps a longer amount of time. I could not be more pleased. Everybody over there, the producers, the writers, crew, everyone, is so warm and so wonderful. I’m thrilled to be over there. I’ve been telling them it’s like a paid vacation.”