Wednesdays, 8:00-8:30 p.m., ET/PT
EILEEN HEISLER & DeANN HELINE, creators, executive producers
Eileen Heisler & DeAnn Heline have enjoyed a 21-year career writing on some of television's biggest hits. They have been friends and writing partners since Heisler, who hails from a suburb of Chicago, met Heline, who comes from a suburb of Cincinnati, when they were assigned to the same dorm at Indiana University. Later they independently transferred to New York University, where they each earned B.F.A's in television from NYU's famed Tisch School of the Arts.
A break on ABC's "Doogie Howser, MD" led to writing on the staff of "Roseanne." During their tenure, the show won the Peabody Award, the Humanitas Prize and the Golden Globe. From there they went on to produce "Murphy Brown," where in two consecutive years series star Candice Bergen won Emmys for episodes written by Heisler & Heline, in addition to the series' Humanitas Prize. Heisler & Heline went on to executive-produce and showrun such successful series as "Ellen" and "How I Met Your Mother." Most recently they had several development deals during which they created and executive-produced "Three Sisters," "Committed" and "Lipstick Jungle."
During that time they also tried, with varying success, to maintain their sanity, raise their children and find decent parking in LA. With "The Middle," Heisler and Heline are happy to be returning to their roots at ABC, and celebrating their roots in the Midwest... where there is always plenty of parking.
Heline currently resides in Pacific Palisades with husband Bruce Bolkin, president of Southland Publishing, and their two daughters, Kate (14) and Emery (12).
Heisler also resides in Pacific Palisades with husband Adam Wolman, a television executive, and their twin boys, Justin and Ben (13).