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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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‘Happy Endings’ recap: Slip of the Tongue

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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‘Modern Family’ recap: Welcome to Relaxistan

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: or hit me up on Twitter: @EWSandraG.

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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'X Factor' gives Fox a nightly win; 'Suburgatory' welcomed into 'hood with open arms

FOX’s two-hour broadcast of The X Factor (3.9 rating/11 share) gave the network a win among adults 18-49, growing by 41 percent over the course of the night. The network’s already bragging that this marks the first time in Fox history that it has won the first two Wednesdays of the season — which could say more about the competition and less about Simon Cowell, but time will definitely tell.

Numbers are based on early results, which means X Factor could see improvements with the finals that come in this afternoon. READ FULL STORY

'X Factor' opens solid, but 'Modern Family' steals the show

Simon Cowell made a solid return to Fox last night, but his new show The X Factor was no match for the Dunphys and Pritchetts (and a far cry from American Idol).

X Factor debuted to 12.5 million viewers and a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating, while ABC’s Emmy-winning Modern Family delivered 14.3 million viewers and a whopping 6.0 series-high rating. The reality competition drew about half the audience of the most recent season opener of American Idol (which delivered about 26 million viewers and a 9.7 in the demo), a point of comparison that’s inevitable, but also arguably unfair given the top-rated legacy of the other show (though Cowell himself invited the comparison in July, when he suggested to reporters that the new show might top Idol).

X Factor was significantly higher, however, than the debut of NBC’s fall singing competition The Sing Off, and was higher than the debut of Hell’s Kitchen in the slot last year. While a one-hour Modern Family not only won the night, but was up 18 percent from its premiere last fall.

“We’re happy with the numbers,” Fox’s president of alternative Mike Darnell tells EW. “The expectations were ridiculous, and internally this is our best numbers for a Wednesday during premiere week in 13 years. If we can keep anywhere close to these numbers for 40 hours in the fall, it would be amazing for us.” READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family': Exec producer Christopher Lloyd spills details on season 3

Cancel all commitments tonight in the name of quality Family time. ABC’s Modern Family — which claimed its second Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy on Sunday — returns to the air with a 60-minute season 3 premiere that was shot at a dude ranch! We know David Cross has a recurring role as a councilman, but what else can we expect? Exec producer Christopher Lloyd gave EW a ten-gallon hat full of teasers about the Dunphy/Pritchett-Delgado/Tucker-Pritchett adventures in the new season.


'Glee,' 'Modern Family,' 'Parenthood,' and more TV scoop in the Spoiler Room Emmys Edition

And the winner is…ALL OF US.

As I teased on my Twitter account last night, the EW Army was out in full force this weekend gathering TV scoop from all the good-looking stars walking around, and as a result, we all walk away feeling like winners. (So this is what it feels like to be Kyle Chandler!) So enjoy yourself as you dig into some scooplets in this special edition of Spoiler Room, and if you missed any of EW’s Emmy coverage this weekend, educate yourself.

And make sure to come back on Friday for your regularly scheduled edition of Spoiler Room (in its normal format). That reminds me! I’m still accepting your questions via e-mail:

Sure, the kids from Glee know how to work a carpet, but show me the woman with the scoop and I’ll show you the person I want to talk to. For EW, that was Dot Marie Jones, who we caught up with on Saturday night at the Performers Nominee Reception at Spectra by Wolfgang Puck. Jones, who, like a trooper, came out for the festivities despite her broken foot, dished that her injury is actually being worked into the show. “Yeah, Ryan [Murphy], the boys, wrote it into the third episode that I broke my foot,” she said. “I don’t want to say how they wrote it in because it’s very funny.” READ FULL STORY


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