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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

F-bombs away!

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.

'Glee,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Parenthood,' 'The Secret Circle': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Many, many scoops today. So let’s get to it.

But before we do, remember to be sending me your questions! Without you, there are no spoils to be had. So send all queries, theories, thoughts, and Get Well Soon messages (See the results of my clumsiness here) to: spoilerroom@ew.com or hit me up on Twitter: @EWSandraG.

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It’s hard to know where to begin talking about one of Glee‘s most anticipated episodes of the year. Thankfully, that’s not my problem, because I took your burning questions to resident Gleek lord Tim Stack, who offered up these monster teases! If you didn’t get a chance to submit any, you’re probably not following me on Twitter! Don’t miss out next time! READ FULL STORY

World Series Game 1 ratings down slightly from last year

The first game of the World Series helped Fox win Wednesday night, but the telecast was slightly lower in the ratings than last year.

The Rangers vs. Cardinals face-off was seen by 14 million viewers, down just 2 percent from 2010. Some thought the game would sink below the 2006 Game 1 all-time low of 12.8 million, but the program avoided that fate. For more baseball’s impact on Fox’s fall, see the EW story: Is the World Series still worth it for Fox?.

Across the dial, broadcast rivals largely shrugged at the baseball competition. Which isn’t to say nothing interesting happened. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family' rules ratings, 'Free Agents' on chopping block

The Wednesday night ratings game gave predictable numbers last night: Most shows were steady or down slightly as they settled into their fall grooves.

Fox led the night overall with a 90-minute The X Factor (11.5 million, 3.9 adult demo rating), which topped 8 p.m. The reality show launched its boot camp phase and its final rating will likely match last week’s number in the afternoon nationals. Factor was followed by a special Raising Hope (6.2 million, 2.3).

In second place, CBS’ Survivor (10.5 million, 3.1) was about on par, followed by Criminal Minds (13.3 million, 3.8) bucking the trend of the night by climbing 6 percent and ranking as the evening’s most-watched show. CSI (11.8 million, 2.9) declined by the same percentage, yet won 10 p.m. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family' scoop: Comedian Kevin Hart cast as Phil's neighbor

What mischief is Phil about to get into now?

EW has learned exclusively that Kevin Hart (Little Fockers) has signed on for a guest-starring role on Modern Family. He’ll play Andre, a new neighbor of Phil Dunphy who happens to be a physician. The 32-year-old comedian will see a familiar face when he begins production on the ABC comedy: He co-starred opposite Sofia Vergara in the 2004 movie Soul Plane.

Recently, Hart and his Hartbeat Productions notched an unexpected victory at the box office with his debut standup film Laugh at My Pain, which follows his recent national tour run and a stop in his hometown of Philadelphia. It debuted inside of the box office top 10 ranking and pulled in nearly $2 million, in just 97 theaters, for an impressive per-location gross of $20,619. The film only cost $750,000 to make.

Hart has appeared in several Comedy Central specials and hosted the 2011 BET Awards. His other film credits include the movies Krod Mondoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, Death at a Funeral, and Epic Movie.

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