The upcoming season of ABC’s comedy The Middle will also be its last. According to Entertainment Weekly, the show will end its run after nine years when season 9 wraps up next year. “We sat down with the cast at the end of last year,” executive producer Eileen Heisler said on the news. “It was important to have a year to say goodbye. We want to be able to tell all the stories.” Fellow EP DeAnn Heline added: “It’s a family show. We could keep going for 10 more years with new relationships. We could go another 10 years … We are at heart a midwestern show. If we can be underappreciated for nine years and be on the air, we’re lucky.” Season 9 is slated to debut Tuesday, October 3rd alongside Fresh Off the Boat, Black-ish, and The Mayor.