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'Modern Family': Julie Bowen's revealing, hilarious take on each of her costars -- LISTEN!

Five seasons in, the cast of ABC’s Modern Family knows each other well. Julie Bowen proved as much when Entertainment Weekly editor Jess Cagle asked her to describe each of costars during a chat on EW Radio this week. Listen to their chat below, which explores why Eric Stonestreet (Cam) is such a wonderful contradiction, how Ariel Winter (who plays her on-screen teen daughter) has to hide her “sexy,” and more Family tidbits. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family' could get a spin-off

Could Modern Family be on the verge of an expansion? Quite possibly.

EW has confirmed that preliminary talks have begun for a possible Modern Family spin-off. Deadline first reported on the conversations.

One option currently on the table would see the new project centered on guest star Rob Riggle’s character, Gil Thorpe, who is Phil’s (Ty Burrell) nemesis.

The news comes just one week after Modern Family took home its fourth win for Outstanding Comedy Series at the Emmy Awards, and just days after its season 5 premiere garnered 11.4 million viewers.

'Modern Family' sneak peek: Mitchell and Cam celebrate Supreme Court decision on gay marriage -- EXCLUSIVE

It was a day that had many celebrating — and among those who lauded the Supreme Court’s decision on Prop 8 back in June? Mitch and Cam from Modern Family, of course!

And in this exclusive sneak peek from the season premiere, airing tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC, we get to share the happy moment with them! Well, it’s almost entirely pleasant — until someone spits up on the moment. You’ll see what we mean.

Meanwhile, we can’t help but wonder whether this announcement will cause Mitch and Cam to ask some important questions about their status as a couple — if you know what we mean. And this possibly spoilery photo from Jesse Tyler Ferguson has our hopes pretty high.

Watch the video below! READ FULL STORY

Adam DeVine lands recurring role on 'Modern Family'

Workaholics and Pitch Perfect scene-stealer Adam DeVine will have a recurring guest role on Modern Family this season, EW has confirmed. DeVine will play nanny to Manny and new baby Joe in several episodes of the fifth season of the ABC comedy.

TV Guide quotes executive producer Christopher Lloyd, who shares that the character is a nice guy from the Midwest who is “fun and matches Gloria’s energy in the house. But he doesn’t want to just take care of the baby. He wants to sort of revive the entire household, which leads to some territorial clashes with Jay [Ed O'Neill] and Manny [Rico Rodriguez].”

Modern Family will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 25.

'American Idol' ratings up: Has the bleeding stopped?

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Is it over? Can Fox peek out from behind their fingers now? Is it safe to look at Nielsen’s morning emails yet?

Fox’s American Idol may be finally leveling off in the ratings. After weeks of sharp and alarming and consistent declines — Idol was almost tied by ABC’s Scandal! — the last two episodes of the reality veteran have not dropped. In fact, both episodes went up slightly from the previous week. Last Thursday’s hour inched up 4 percent. And now last night’s two-hour Wednesday edition climbed 7 percent. Maybe season 12 finally found its bottom.

If so, not a moment too soon. Wednesday’s Idol had 12 million viewers and a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating in the demo. Modern Family (10.2 million, 3.8 rating) easily beat it and Criminal Minds (11.3 million, 3.0) was in the ballpark.

During tonight’s Idol results show, the reality competition will try something new. Fox will put a small box on the screen showing behind-the-scenes footage of the competition during the commercial breaks — thus hoping to hold your attention while sponsors like Ford, Coke and AT&T pitch their wares. TV advertisers are now so desperate for your attention that they’ll settle for having half of it. (And why not? It’s how advertising everywhere else works — from billboards to online banner ads.)

Meanwhile, the second week of ABC’s laboriously titled new sitcom How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) experienced a ratings drop. The Sarah Chalke comedy fell 14 percent for its second episode to 7.3 million viewers and a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49. For a show airing after Modern Family the performance by HTLWYPFTROYL is getting kind of soft.

Also last night: CBS crime dramas were up slightly. NBC’s Hannibal pilot encore picked up some additional sampling and retained nearly all of its SVU repeat lead-in. Click below for the full chart. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family': Ty Burrell delivers a dozen hints about tonight's Valentine's Day episode

If you can find it in your heart to celebrate Valentine’s Day* a day early this year, your funny bone just might thank you. Tonight’s episode of Modern Family (9 p.m., ABC) is not only Cupid-themed, it veers from the show’s normal style of storytelling. “Heart Broken” will unspool each family’s story consecutively instead of cutting back and forth between them, and the three plots takes place on different days: Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen) — or rather, alluring alter egos Clive Bixby and Juliana — kick off the festivities on Feb. 13, Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and Jay (Ed O’Neill) try to make the most of Feb. 14, and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) spend Feb. 15 cleaning up the mess of their wild party held the night before. Intrigued? Titillated? Etc.? Don’t answer yet. Mr. Burrell will now deliver a dozen roses hints about the episode to EW.com. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family': Did Jay forget Manny's birthday? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Nope. But on tonight’s episode of Modern Family, Jay (Ed O’Neill) is pretending that he forgot Manny’s (Rico Rodriguez) birthday, so that he and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) can dupe the little guy with a surprise party. Not surprisingly, Jay seems to be enjoying this a little too much for Gloria’s liking. Check out this trap-setting clip from the episode, which airs at 9 p.m. on ABC. READ FULL STORY

DGA Awards TV noms include Lena Dunham, Louis C.K, and Bryan Cranston

Today, the Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for TV and commercials. Some of the shows involved are predictable (Homeland, Mad Men, Louie, Girls), while others aren’t (check out that Reality category!). The list:

Dramatic Series:
Michael Cuesta, Showtime’s Homeland, “The Choice”
Jennifer Getzinger, AMC’s Mad Men, “A Little Kiss”
Lesli Linka Glatter, Showtime’s Homeland, “Q&A”
Rian Johnson, AMC’s Breaking Bad, “Fifty-One”
Greg Mottola, HBO’s The Newsroom, “We Just Decided To”

Comedy Series:
Louis C.K., FX’s Louie, “New Year’s Eve”
Mark Cendrowski, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, “The Date Night Variable”
Bryan Cranston, ABC’s Modern Family, “Election Day”
Lena Dunham, HBO’s Girls, “Pilot”
Beth McCarthy-Miller, NBC’s 30 Rock, “Live from Studio 8H” READ FULL STORY

David Faustino to guest-star on 'Modern Family'

Ed O’Neill won’t be the only ex-Married… with Children star on Modern Family this season: David Faustino has signed on to guest-star in an upcoming episode of the ABC comedy, EW has learned. In the installment, Claire (Julie Bowen) attends her college reunion, where she catches up with her highly successful classmate, played by Faustino. (Alas, the reunion between Faustino and his former onscreen father will have to take place offscreen, as the two aren’t scheduled to share any scenes together.) READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' dominate WGA Award nominees

What do Walter White and Phil Dunphy have in common? They’re both at the center of the TV shows most honored by the Writers Guild of America today. The group just announced the nominees for its annual awards, which will be handed out Feb. 17 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Breaking Bad garnered five nods; Modern Family drew four. Here’s a list of all the primetime and late night series in contention for the event’s biggest prizes:

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'Modern Family': Billy Dee Williams to guest, Nathan Lane to return

If your New Year’s Resolution was to add a little more Billy Dee Williams into your life, you may just get it under the wire: The Star Wars actor will play himself on a holiday episode of ABC’s Modern Family, EW has learned. In the episode, titled “New Year’s Eve,” Jay (Ed O’Neill) crosses paths with Williams over a game of cards during a family trip to Palm Springs. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family': Elizabeth Pena to play Gloria's mother

It’s time to meet two new members of the Modern family: Elizabeth Pena (La Bamba, Rush Hour) will guest-star as Pilar, the mother of Gloria (Sofia Vergara), on Modern Family. She appears in the 12th episode of the season alongside Gloria’s sister Sonia, who will be played by Stephanie Beatriz (The Closer). READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family': Jason Mantzoukas to guest as Haley's new boyfriend

Jason Mantzoukas (The League, The Dictator) is planning to have everyone in stitches on Modern Family. The actor-comedian will guest-star in an upcoming episode as a jeans designer who becomes a co-worker — and new boyfriend — of Haley (Sarah Hyland), EW has learned. READ FULL STORY

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