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'Malcolm' Mom Jane Kaczmarek Heads to the 'Middle' (Exclusive)

The actress will guest star in an upcoming episode of the ABC comedy, where she'll clash with Patricia Heaton's character.

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Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek is heading back to the middle.

The former co-star of Fox's Malcolm in the Middle has been tapped for a guest role on ABC's The Middle, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

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Kaczmarek will play Frankie's (Patricia Heaton) teacher in career college on an upcoming episode of the comedy's fourth season. Their relationship (naturally!) will get off to a rocky start.

The role marks the latest in a string of guest gigs for Kaczmarek, who most recently appeared in episodes of NBC's Whitney and FX's Wilfred.

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The seven-time Emmy nominee is repped by ICM Partners and Greenlight Management.

The Middle's fourth season kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 26 with a special hourlong premiere at 8 p.m.

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