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
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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
Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts was supposed to begin a medical leave of absence after Friday’s show. But in a surprise move, the ailing newswoman announced on air this morning that today would, in fact, be her last day on GMA “for a while.”
“Some things happened at home,” Roberts said, explaining that her 88-year-old mother is also in poor health. Roberts and her sister, Sally-Ann, are both heading to Mississippi to care for her and be with other family members affected by Hurricane Isaac. Once home, Roberts will also begin preparing for a bone marrow transplant to treat her myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS.
Though her farewell was emotional, Roberts presented a brave face: “‘Life provides losses and heartbreak for all of us. But the greatest tragedy is to have the experience and miss the meaning,'” she said, reciting an inspirational quote. “I am determined not to miss that meaning.” READ FULL STORY
The advocacy group GLAAD has given the CW network high marks among broadcast outlets for its portrayal of gay and lesbian characters. Meanwhile, cable networks Showtime, ABC Family, TNT and HBO all were given a favorable rating by the group.
The number of gay and lesbian images on TV held steady this year. But the range of impressions continued to grow, with those representations increasingly presented in a matter-of-fact manner rather than as curiosities, GLAAD found in its annual Network Responsibility Index. But two-thirds of all gay-and-lesbian-inclusive hours showcased white people, the study found, prompting GLAAD to call for networks to recognize a broader diversity within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
“Americans expect to see their off-screen worlds represented onscreen, and today more than ever that includes LGBT people and families,” said GLAAD president Herndon Graddick.
He pointed to the family of gay couple Mitchell and Cameron on ABC’s Modern Family and to Emily, a teen who came out as a lesbian on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. READ FULL STORY
Scranton, Cranston. Cranston, Scranton. Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston will join forces with The Office and direct an episode of the NBC comedy this season, the network has confirmed. Earlier today, Office actor Rainn Wilson tweeted a photo of the three-time Emmy winner on the set, along with the words “Free meth for The Office! (look who’s directing…).” READ FULL STORY
Wendi McLendon-Covey is going to spend some time with the Dunphys.
The Bridesmaids star has booked a guest spot on ABC’s Modern Family playing one-half of a lesbian couple whose son gets into a fight with Lily on the first day of kindergarten. SNL alum Michaela Watkins will play her partner. “I can’t wait. I go in and film it tomorrow and Wednesday and Thursday,” McLendon-Covey tells EW. “It’ll be pretty fun.”
The actress, who will appear in the third episode of the season, jokes that she’s looking forward to taking on a role that is completely different than the types of characters she’s played before — because she’s playing a loving mother. “I usually play someone who hates her kids — this time I love my child!”
Meanwhile, McLendon-Covey says she will return to work on CBS’s Rules of Engagement next month for two episodes to wrap up her storyline opposite David Spade’s character, and will soon be doing re-shoots for her ABC pilot Kings of Van Nuys, a remake of the British sitcom Only Fools and Horses.
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It’s a done deal: The cast of Modern Family has struck a new agreement that will keep the Emmy-winning ensemble well paid as it begins its fourth season on ABC.
“It’s unfortunate that things got to a public place,” co-creator Steve Levitan told reporters at ABC’s press tour party in Beverly Hills. “But at the end of the day, we’re all very good friends. There are a lot of people whose jobs it is to get in there and stir things up. And that’s what happened.”
All six adult actors — Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, all of whom earned Emmy nods this month– were looking to boost their pay before the show returned to air. Negotiations blew up earlier this week when the cast refused to show up for a table read, then filed a a lawsuit seeking to void their seven-year contracts. The situation seemed to cool off Thursday when the cast agreed to return for another table read and both sides returned to the negotiation table later that day.
As part of the new agreement, the cast is dropping its lawsuit against the studio. Deadline reports the actors other than O’Neill will now earn in the $170,000-$180,000 per episode range, up from north of $60k, along with a piece of the syndication profits. O’Neill also got a boost on his $100k per episode paycheck.
Modern Family starts shooting its season premiere on Monday, an episode that Levitan is directing.
“I’m happy they’re going to get what they deserve,” Levitan said, and jokingly added: “Justin Bieber is now [playing] Cam.”
ABC expressed optimism that the Modern Family cast salary dispute will be resolved and the show will premiere on time in September.
“Yes, I expect the season to start on time,” said ABC entertainment president Paul Lee. “We’re hopeful and optimistic that we will be able to resolve it … I don’t want to talk specifics, but it’s a wonderful show, they’re a great cast and we’re optimistic.”
The cast of the hit comedy have been playing hardball during their contract negotiations, which are going to the wire. Stars Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Eric Stonestreet are going to court in an attempt to void their current deals. All six actors, including Ed O’Neill, are looking to boost their pay now that the hit show is beginning its fourth season.
Modern Family may just have been nominated for its third Best Comedy Emmy, but the adult cast is clearly taking their ongoing salary negotiations seriously. EW has confirmed that a table read scheduled for 11:30 a.m. PT today was canceled an hour prior, when the production team was informed the actors would not be attending.
Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Eric Stonestreet filed a lawsuit today against 20th Century Fox Television seeking to void their current deals claiming they violate California’s “Seven-Year Rule” that prohibits personal service contracts lasting longer than seven years. Casts of popular shows frequently renegotiate for higher salaries between seasons 3 and 4 while committing to stay with the series beyond season 7. Ed O’Neill, whose salary is believed to be on a different level than his costars, is also unhappy with the studio’s latest offer and will join his costars’ lawsuit out of solidarity, according to The Hollywood Reporter. UPDATE: A rep for O’Neill confirms to EW he’ll join the suit.
A 20th Century Fox spokesman had no comment.
Sofia Vergara is about to be romantically linked to… Peter Griffin? The Modern Family star will cameo as his fantasy love interest in an upcoming episode of Family Guy, EW has learned. In a cutaway gag featuring Peter as a telenovela lothario, Vergara voices his sassy (and, yes, buxom) lover. And that’s not her only role in the episode; she plays a woman selling roses in a restaurant where Quagmire is “wooing” Peter so that Peter will do him a big favor. READ FULL STORY
The second annual Critics’ Choice Television Award winners were announced last night, and Homeland was named Best Drama Series, following up its Golden Globe win in January. Claire Danes was named Best Actress for her role in the series (Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and Giancarlo Esposito snagged Drama Actor awards). Other big winners included Community for Best Comedy, The Voice for Best Reality Series — Competition, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon for Best Talk Show.
In what is sure to foreshadow an Emmy showdown, funny ladies Amy Poehler and Zooey Deschanel were both named Best Actress in a Comedy Series, with Louis C.K. honored as Best Actor in a Comedy. Emmy winners Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen won for Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series for their work on Modern Family. The only repeat winner from last year, Christina Hendricks won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role on Mad Men.
Take a look at the full list of winners below: READ FULL STORY
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