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'Homeland,' 'Community,' Christina Hendricks among Critics' Choice Award winners

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

Emmy Watch: 'Modern Family' co-creator talks about surprise finale

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Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, EW.com is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19.

Steve Levitan, the co-creator of the Emmy-winning Modern Family, talked to EW about Gloria’s surprise pregnancy in the finale, and why he opted to expand her family with Jay rather than another little one to the Cameron-Mitchell household.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Should Modern Family receive another nomination in the Outstanding Comedy, what episodes will you submit?

STEVE LEVITAN After much debate, we decided “Aunt Mommy,” “Baby on Board,” “Door to Door,” “Punkin Chunkin,” and “Leap Day.”

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'Modern Family' stars Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen to host Billboard Music Awards -- EXCLUSIVE

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The Billboard Music Awards is adding a Modern touch for this year’s ceremony.

EW has learned exclusively that Emmy Award-winning pair Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, best known as Claire and Phil Dunphy on Modern Family, will host the 2012 Billboard Music Awards on May 20

The pair, who won Emmys in the Supporting Actor categories last year, are following in the footsteps of Community actor Ken Jeong, who helmed the award show and received largely favorable reviews.

The Billboard Music Awards will air on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. And Modern Family airs Wednesdays.

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What's the cast of 'Modern Family,' 'Grey's' and 'Two and a Half Men' worth?

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Just three years ago, Eric Stonestreet was another no-name actor working in Hollywood, getting by with occasional appearances on shows like Nip/Tuck and CSI. Today, he’s an Emmy-winning co-star of Modern Family who easily ranks as one of the funniest men in primetime TV. Does he deserve to earn as much as 30 Rock’s Alec Baldwin or The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons?

That’s what the producers behind ABC’s hit family comedy will begin asking this summer, when the ensemble is expected to seek substantial raises for working on the three-year-old series. Similar renegotiations are already in the works on Two and Half Men (where deals are up for Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer) and Grey’s Anatomy (Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey and Sandra Oh, among others), but the MF talks have the potential to be the juiciest — depending on whether the adults band together à la Friends back in 2000. READ FULL STORY

Sofia Vergara to make 'Saturday Night Live' debut

Here’s to hoping they let her yell “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” During Jonah Hill’s episode this weekend, SNL announced that Modern Family star Sofia Vergara will be hosting on April 7. It’s the first time the bombshell actress will take the stage at Studio 8H, though Vergara is hardly a stranger to going for laughs. In addition to her Emmy-nominated work on Modern Family, Vergara has appeared in Funny or Die and Jimmy Kimmel Live sketches.  (There was also her work in The Smurfs, but that’s probably in everyone’s best interest that we forget about that.)

But Vergara won’t be the only one making her SNL debut that evening. ‘Tween-friendly boy band One Direction, whose album Up All Night is released tomorrow, will put an end to this season’s overwhelmingly rock ‘n’ roll musical guest slate. So, consider yourself warned: Between the possible Gloria-like yelling and the inevitable shrieks that tend to follow boy bands anywhere they go, the April 7 episode of SNL might get loud.

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'High School Musical' 3 star guests on 'Modern Family'

EW has confirmed that High School Musical 3 alum Matt Prokop is set to join Modern Family in a guest role, as originally reported by Zap2it. The actor will play a love interest for star Sarah Hyland, his off-screen girlfriend. The couple met during auditions for HSM3 when which Prokop was cast as Troy Bolton’s (Zac Efron) eager admirer Jimmie “The Rocket” Zara. They have also appeared together in ensemble comedy Conception, Disney TV movie Geek Charming, and Struck by Lightning, the upcoming film written by and starring Glee‘s Chris Colfer.

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'Rock Center with Brian Williams' not helped by new night

NBC tried moving Rock Center with Brian Williams to a new time period but, alas, the result was the same.

The news magazine show shifted from Mondays at 10 p.m. to Wednesdays at 9 p.m. to make room for NBC’s new musical Smash. Rock Center delivered 5.3 million viewers and its usual 1.1 rating in the adult demo. The time period recently housed Harry’s Law (and averaged the same rating). NBC also aired Whitney (4.1 million, 1.5) and Chelsea (3.7 million, 1.5), both down 12 percent. At 10 p.m., L&O: SVU (6.7 million, 2.2) improved heroically on its Rock Center lead-in. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family' airing F-bomb episode despite protests

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ABC’s Modern Family is releasing its f-word payload tonight despite attempts by a some protestors to halt the episode from airing. As EW.com previously reported, two-year-old Lily will horrify her parents by learning the word “f–k” on tonight’s episode “Little Bo Bleep.”

Since news of the episode broke, the always trusty Parents Television Council and a student organization nobody has ever heard of until now called the No Cussing Club have lined up against the hit series, outraged the Emmy-winning program would portray a foul-mouthed toddler. READ FULL STORY

AFI's top 10 TV shows: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Louie' in; 'Glee' out

The American Film Institute has been releasing a top 10 movie list since 2000, yet one more volley in the heady awards season hullabaloo. But since 2001, the AFI has also released a list of its top television programs of the year, and their selections have often recognized shows overlooked by other awards groups, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Wire, Battlestar Galactica, and Party Down.

This year’s list recognizes several shows for the first time, including HBO’s Game of Thrones, Showtime’s Homeland, FX’s Justified and Louie, and CBS’ The Good Wife. Notably absent: Fox’s Glee, which was on the ’09 and ’10 lists; AMC’s The Walking Dead, which made last year’s list; and any miniseries or made-for-TV movies, which usually make up a healthy portion of the list.

Check out the full top 10 below:  READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family,' 'X Factor' lead Wednesday ratings

The rich stayed rich and the poor stayed poor Wednesday night in the ratings, with ABC’s Modern Family setting the pace as the top-rated show and X Factor giving Fox the overall nightly network win.

X Factor (3.8 adults 18-49 rating) was steady with last week, while ABC’s comedy block dipped slightly. The Middle (2.9), Suburgatory (2.8), Modern Family (5.5) and Happy Endings (3.2) were all down between 3-10 percent. Revenge (2.6) was off 13 percent.

CBS had the opposite story: Survivor (3.3), Criminal Minds (3.7), and CSI (2.6) all posted gains between 3 and 9 percent. NBC’s Up All Night (1.9) was up a tick, but Harry’s Law (1.5) and L&O: SVU (1.9) matched their lows.

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Greg Kinnear coming to 'Modern Family' as Phil's new... -- EXCLUSIVE

Top-rated comedy Modern Family has landed a major-name talent for a key guest role: Greg Kinnear is coming to the hit ABC series this season.

In his first TV sitcom gig since he appeared on NBC’s Friends in 2003, Kinnear will play Tad — Phil Dunphy’s new business partner. Tad is described as a successful and athletic real estate broker, and Phil is extremely impressed by him. But Claire has quite the opposite impression of Tad (hmm, wonder why… ). Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen and Kinnear playing off each other on Modern Family? That sounds as good as it gets…

There’s no airdate for the episode yet, but it will run sometime next year. Best known in recent years for films like Little Miss Sunshine and Baby Mama, Kinnear recently starred in the cable miniseries The Kennedys. Meanwhile, last night’s Modern Family was easily Wednesday highest-rated show.
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Eric Stonestreet of 'Modern Family' dishes on his 'American Horror Story' guest role

Isn’t Eric Stonestreet’s Cameron a delight to behold on Modern Family? Yeah, well, chuck that guy aside for one week. On tonight’s episode of Ryan Murphy’s FX drama American Horror Story, Stonestreet guest-stars as Derek, a tortured patient of Ben (Dylan McDermott) who is deathly afraid of urban legends. (Stonestreet has dabbled in darker characters prior to his Modern gig, appearing as a killer on The Mentalist and Pushing Daisies as well as an accused rapist/murderer on Nip/Tuck, another Murphy show.) The 40-year-old Emmy winner counted the ways that audiences will find Derek wholly different from Cam. READ FULL STORY

CMAs on ABC to feature Eric Stonestreet and... Kim Kardashian?

Who says the soon-to-be-ex of Kris Humpries has no relevance in the world of country music?

EW has learned that tonight’s 45th Annual Country Music Awards, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood on ABC, will pay “tribute” to the nation’s most famous divorcee-in-the-making with Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet. The comic actor will not only be on hand to present the night’s first trophy but will participate in a musical diddy about Kardashian and her crushing decision to leave the NBA player. She’s the gift that keeps giving!

Stonestreet will join Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time), St. Louis Cardinal third baseman David Freese,
Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Miss Piggy, Emily VanCamp (Revenge), and Reese Witherspoon as presenters for tonight’s awards show airing live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Performers include Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Taylor Swift, Thompson Square, Keith Urban, Chris Young, and Zac Brown Band.

At press time, it did not appear that Kardashian would join in on the fun.

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