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Listen to Emmy Rossum, Eden Sher, Elizabeth Banks accept their EWwys

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Shameless‘ Emmy Rossum, The Middle‘s Eden Sher, and Modern Family guest star Elizabeth Banks are the reigning queens of comedy—at least according to EWwy voters, who’ve crowned them best actress, best supporting actress, and best guest actress, respectively, in our 7th Annual EWwy Awards for the Emmy-snubbed. All three phoned in to EW Radio (SiriusXM 105) on Aug. 18, when the winners were announced live. Listen to their full interviews below.

In her clip, Rossum hatches plans to taunt Broad City‘s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson—fellow best actress nominees who are now too hot to write a movie for her—and to place her golden ewe statue on the back of the toilet in her guest bathroom so people can see it. In addition to looking ahead to season 5, she details the lengths to which Showtime went to keep the return of Justin Chatwin in Shameless‘ season 4 finale a secret from even her. “I had been campaigning for the last few seasons for him to come back. I didn’t feel like the story was properly tied up. I didn’t see the episode before it aired, and I was on a road trip, and my phone started blowing up, and my mom calls me, and she’s like, ‘He’s alive!'” Rossum says. “I was like, ‘What are you talking about? I’m somewhere in Arizona.’ She’s like, ‘He’s in the show!’ I had no idea what she was talking about. They had flown Justin Chatwin to Chicago, put him in a different hotel, put him with a different crew, different hair and makeup team, and done this whole thing covert. And then the president of the network sent me an email Sunday night like, ‘Gotcha!'”  READ FULL STORY

'The Middle' sneak peek: Keegan-Michael Key brings tears, not laughs? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

EW was the first to bring you the news of Keegan-Michael Key’s guest spot on The Middle, and now, we have an exclusive clip!

In the episode, airing tonight, the Key & Peele star plays a charismatic preacher who’s visiting the Heck’s family church. And though we’re used to seeing the actor bring the laughs, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) is anything but smiling when his character sits her and Mike down for a little one-on-one time. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

'Key & Peele' star to guest on 'The Middle' -- solo -- EXCLUSIVE

Keegan-Michael Key is going to be the Heck family’s savior.

At least, he’s going to try when the comedian guest stars on an upcoming episode of The Middle.

EW has learned exclusively that star — best known as being one half of comedy duo Key and Peele, alongside Jordan Peele — will play Reverend Deveaux, a charismatic preacher visiting the Hecks’ church through a minister exchange program. In the episode, Deveaux, the former spiritual adviser to the Cleveland Browns, will offer his counseling services to the Heck family, as he “knows a group in crisis when he sees one,” according to a casting description.

The episode was recently filmed but does not yet have an airdate.

This marks one of many guest appearances the MADtv alum, who stars in a Comedy Central sketch-comedy show along Peele, has booked recently. His other appearances have included How I Met Your Mother, The League, and Wilfred.

New episodes of The Middle return Wednesday on ABC.

'Bones,' 'Chicago Fire,' 'Teen Wolf,' 'Revenge': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Happy Spoiler Room day, friends. Hope this week has been kind to you. Mine’s been pretty darn good (see page 2 for details on a pretty amazing day I had on one of my favorite sets this week) and the weekend promises even more good things to come (Saturday’s my birthday!). No, you don’t have to get me anything, but I will take some of your questions! Send them along to spoilerroom@ew.com. Consider it my gift to you.

Have a good one and see you next week. READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time,' 'Grimm,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Glee,' 'The Middle': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Hello from Texas!

That’s right, friends, I’m home for the holidays, and getting here was quite the event. (No wi-fi + planes + trains + automobiles = stress) So I hope you can forgive me for being a day later than normal with your scoop. If you can find it in your heart to pardon me, I invite you to gather ’round the Spoiler Room table for a delicious helping of TV dish!

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with lots of joy, DVR clearing, and gluten-free pies. And should you find the time/need something to do while hiding from your family, I invite you to send in a question for the next column, which will come out Dec. 3. (Yay, vacation!) Contact info is as usual: spoilerroom@ew.com and @EWSandraG on Twitter.

CHANDRA WILSON ON BAILEY’S FUTURE … AND GREY’S ANATOMY

If you read my chat with Grey’s Anatomy‘s Chandra Wilson last week, then you know that Bailey will spend the next episodes “kicking and screaming” her way to the altar. But one thing Wilson thinks might help Bailey get into the groove a bit more? If Ben put a ring on it!

“My finger is light, that’s all I’m saying. It’s very, very light,” she says, laughing. “And he used to be an anesthesiologist. You’d think there would be some sort of bling involved. But her finger is rather light — at least for 2012. So we’ll see what happens going forward.” But regardless of Bailey’s left hand gets a little heavier, Wilson says Bailey is committed. “She’s going to see [it] through,” she says. “You can’t tell somebody you’re going to marry them and then play around.”

And while Bailey and Ben could have many happy years ahead of them, as always, questions are starting to arise about Grey‘s future. Now midway though its ninth season, Wilson says she is anything but tired. And while there won’t be official word about a tenth season for several months, she says she’s personally on board. “I think the consensus is that as long as our writers want to keep writing, we’re here to keep riding the ride,” she says. “As actors, we’re very cognizant of the opportunities we’ve been given. Sooner or later it will be the end.”

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'The Middle,' 'The Neighbors': Want a sneak peek at their second episodes? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Despite some debate whether The Neighbors was fall’s craziest new show, the ABC half-hour pulled in a decent amount of viewers and, surprisingly, didn’t rattle our TV critic Ken Tucker’s cage too much. Heck, he said it wasn’t the worst new show of the fall season, at any rate, and seemed intrigued at what episode 2 might deliver.

Up until now, not even critics have seen anything beyond the first episode. So the question remains: What will be in episode 2 of The Neighbors? Well, we have some answers for you. EW has an exclusive sneak peek from tomorrow night’s new episode. In “Journey to the Center of the Mall,” the human Weaver family takes the alien family, the Bird-Kersees, to their first outing beyond Hidden Hills when they hit the mall to shop for back-to-school clothes. The clip below features an interrogation session between the human parents and the alien parents, before devolving into a pretty funny joke about Transformers director Michael Bay.

As a bonus, EW has an exclusive clip from Neighbor‘s lead-in comedy, The Middle, too, and it’s a doozy. Turns out, Frank-e Heck (Patricia Heaton) is getting fired from the car dealership in tomorrow night’s episode, appropriately titled “The Second Act.” Why is she being let go? Watch the clip below — as well as The Neighbors clip — to find out:

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ABC's 'The Middle': Five things to look forward to about the new season

In May, ABC’s The Middle ended with a wedding, when Rusty (Norm Macdonald) haphazardly got hitched at the Heck home. Frankie (Patricia Heaton) went out of her way to try to make the day nice, but — as tends to happen to the Hecks — everything went to crap. And that — yes, crap! — tends to be a theme for the family sitcom, which will find itself mired in quite a lot more of the stuff this coming season.

Tonight’s hour-long season premiere picks up during what series co-creator Eileen Heisler is “the Hecks’ long, crappy summer. It’s a summer episode because we thought about how you never really get to see that. Last year, we saw a teeny little bit of summer vacation, but this takes us through the whole summer. Frankie and [her husband] Mike [Neil Flynn] want their kids to have a summer like they had when they were kids, with all the joys of summer. They want them to have that so they have something pleasant to look back on later, when their lives are crappy.” See, more crap?

Besides that opening-episode crap, here’s a preview of five things to look forward to when the season starts up again tonight at 8 p.m.:

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ABC's 'The Middle' casts 'Bunheads' star -- EXCLUSIVE

A Bunheads ballerina is headed to ABC’s The Middle!

Bailey Buntain, who plays dance student Ginny Thompson on the ABC Family series, will be guest-starring on an upcoming episode of The Middle as Jenna, an incoming freshman that Sue (Eden Sher) decides to mentor, but who will ultimately not need her help to become popular, EW has learned exclusively.

The Middle picks up its fourth season on Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Emmy Watch: 'The Middle' boss on turning real-life tragedy into relatable comedy

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.

Despite a bevy of critical love in the course of its first three seasons, Emmys have eluded The Middle. Why? We’re not entirely sure. But Eileen Heisler, co-creator of ABC’s quiet comedic gem, has an idea or two. Atop her list? Ironically, the show is sort of stuck in, well, the middle. “We had a line in the beginning of our pilot that was, ‘Yeah, we’re in the middle — the place you fly over on your way to somewhere else,’ and I think that sometimes that happens to our show, too,” she says with a laugh.

The so-called destination, in this case, is of course that other ABC comedy, Modern Family — which, with six Emmy statues, is dripping in award riches. Not that buzz is undeserved; quite the opposite, in fact. If anything, it simply makes it hard to shine, says Heisler. “I think that we’ve always been in the shadow of Modern Family, which we have to be thankful for because it made it a night that gets attention,” she says. “I think there are still some people who are simply not aware of it and not aware that there’s more than one great family show on Wednesday night…But I think there’s also something, maybe, unsexy about [The Middle] and its description — until they watch it. I think there’s always a bit of a bias against something that’s perceived as less hip.”

But the show is edgier than some might think, Heisler says, and relatable. The latter being among the things The Middle does best, which is why Heisler chose “The Map” to take a deep dive into with EW. The episode, in part, dealt with the death of the Hecks’ Aunt Ginny and was a nod to the passing of beloved actress Frances Bay, who portrayed her. See a clip below and read about how the late Bay inspired the episode. READ FULL STORY

'Dallas,' 'White Collar,' 'The Middle,' 'Grey's Anatomy': Find out what's next in Spoiler Room

I’m baaaaaack!

Yes, my two-week vacation to the motherland (Texas) was just the refresher I was hoping for before getting into the thick of all the exciting things happening here at EW this summer — like set visits, Comic-Con, general tomfoolery. My highlights? Reigning supreme in my very first Penny Can tournament, cuddling puppies, and getting my mother addicted to The Vampire Diaries. (“Awww! He met her first!” — mom, re: the finale). But now it’s back to work! So enjoy the return of Spoiler Room.

And in case you’ve forgotten: Submit your TV queries to spoilerroom@ew.com or via Twitter (@EWSandraG). READ FULL STORY

Spoiler Room Video Edition: 'Common Law' stars tease season to come. Plus, 'The Middle' season finale scoop!

If you haven’t checked out the new USA show Common Law, which premiered last Friday, here are two guys who might entice you…with scoop!

In today’s Spoiler Room Video Edition, Warren Kole and Michael Ealy give us a taste on what’s to come on their buddy-cop series (and might make you laugh in the process!) and Eden Sher from The Middle dishes on what fans can expect from the show’s season finale, airing May 23.

Enjoy and make sure to come back tomorrow for your regular Spoiler Room column, which will be ripe with scoopage from this week’s network upfronts! READ FULL STORY

EW's season finale calendar

Each year, the month of May brings the promise of warmer weather, the start of big summer movies…and the torturous, agonizing time when we have to bid farewell to our favorite primetime characters. TV addicts that we are, we feel your pain. So to curb the stress, we’ve put together a master list of when your beloved shows will be signing off.  Grab your remotes and ready those DVRs as we present this year’s finales: READ FULL STORY

'The Middle': Whoopi Goldberg is Sue's geek mentor -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Whoopi Goldberg may ruffle feathers while sitting at the roundtable at The View, but there’s nothing combative about her character in next Wednesday’s episode of The Middle. In fact, she’s downright sweet!

In this exclusive clip from the episode, Goldberg’s character, who plays the school’s guidance counselor, bonds with Sue (Eden Sher) over their experiences as awkward members of society, from life with bite problems to their love for inspirational posters.

Check out the clip below! READ FULL STORY

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