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What to Watch: TV Picks for December 12 - 18

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 12th 2011 9:10AM


Barbara Walters: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 - Wednesday December 14, 9:30PM ET/PT, Global/ABC

Poor Babs. She's forced to include the Kardashians on her list this year, though there's no denying they took up plenty of tabloid and head space over the year. Also included are Pippa Middleton, she of the royally sexy bum, Simon Cowell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet of 'Modern Family' and is-he-or-isn't-he political animal Donald Trump.

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'Modern Family': Express Christmas Is a Near Total Disaster (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 8th 2011 2:30AM
'Modern Family' - 'Express Christmas'Things might not have gone according to plan with Phil's "Express Christmas" plan on 'Modern Family' (Wed., 9PM ET on ABC), but there were plenty of laughs along the way. Plus, as the clan was separated to tackle different holiday-related tasks as fast as possible, it was surprising to see Hayley emerge as the most savvy and competent one.

Her tactic of pretending to work for Target to secure an item someone else had already picked up was sheer genius. For everyone else, though, it was one mishap after another until finally they had to call it. This just wasn't going to happen.

Only Jay had one final trick up his sleeve. When he invited everyone out to Chinese instead, they opened the door to a guy blowing snow all over the front lawn. Sure, they were poolside earlier that day, but by the end it was a little piece of Christmas for the whole family.

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Claire's Cautionary Tale About College Backfires on 'Modern Family' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 24th 2011 1:30AM
'Modern Family' - 'Punkin Chunkin'While it's never been brought up directly, the Pritchetts are a rather cynical and dour bunch. The sight of Jay, Mitchell and Claire standing on the sidelines as the "dreamers" of their extended family attempted to "chunk" a punkin' through a goal post illustrated that divide beautifully on this week's 'Modern Family' (Wed., 9PM ET on ABC).

Not that their practicality is all bad. It's helped them all become successful people, and they do work to balance out the wilder sides of their partners. But it keeps them from experiencing the joys of life more regularly, and they've sucked at least one member of the next generation into their way of thinking.

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Eric Stonestreet Thanks 'The View' for Hooking Him Up With His Girlfriend (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 18th 2011 3:00PM
Eric Stonestreet plays Cam on 'Modern Family,' and does such a good job in the role that many viewers are convinced he's gay in real life, too. But that's not the case. Stonestreet told 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) the last time he was on that he was "openly straight," and as it turns out, that line helped him meet his current girlfriend.

Stonestreet updated the ladies on his relationship status when he stopped by on Friday. "I didn't know it at the time, but one of the people watching that show that day was my now-girlfriend, and when I met her she was doing a show on Broadway called 'Rock of Ages,'" he explained. "I kinda always felt like I had to dig myself out of a bit of a hole, and tell girls know that I'm actually straight. But she was like, "Oh, I was watching 'The View' and saw that you weren't gay!' And we're still together."

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Jay Utters Three Little Words to Phil, Immediately Regrets It on 'Modern Family' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 17th 2011 1:30AM
'Modern Family' - 'After the Fire'The relationship between Phil and Jay has always been one of the best on 'Modern Family' (Wed., 9PM ET on ABC). Phil is so eager to please Jay that he actually winds up pushing his father-in-law away. Which is why it was absolutely horrifying when in a moment of relief and bliss, Jay uttered the three words he never wanted to say in front of Phil.

"I love you." It's important to note that Jay only said he didn't want to say these words in front of Phil. There was no indication that he doesn't love his son-in-law, he just finds him incredibly difficult to have a normal relationship with -- which is very understandable under the circumstances.

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Cam Picks Up Leslie Mann to Prove He Has Game on 'Modern Family' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 3rd 2011 2:15AM
'Modern Family' - 'Treehouse'Cameron thought that he had so much game that he could pick up women if he wanted to, but Mitchell wasn't buying it for a second on 'Modern Family' (Wed., 9PM ET on ABC). Quite frankly, he didn't believe Cam could even convince a woman he was straight first and challenged him to go and get a phone number from guest star Leslie Mann.

Cam got the number, and while he thought it was because of his heterosexual masculinity, he ultimately found out that she knew he was gay from the moment he approached her -- she was simply excited to have a potential gay friend. The problem was, that meant Mitchell was right, and Cam would never hear the end of it.

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Claire's Date for the Night Isn't As Gay As She Thought on 'Modern Family' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 20th 2011 12:45AM
Gilles Marini, 'Modern Family' - 'Go Bullfrogs!'Gilles Marini stopped by 'Modern Family' (Wed., 9PM ET on ABC), where apparently everyone thought he was gay. We loved that his reply was, "I'm not gay. I'm French." As if that explains the mix-up.

When Claire got a rare night to herself, she wanted to tap into her high school wild child, and this French gay guy proved to be just the ticket when Cam and Mitchell were revealed to be old ladies who wanted to be home and in bed before 10 o'clock.

But when she went to drop off Luke's retainer where he was spending the night, she was caught by the other moms she'd ditched to go and be wild. It didn't help that her not-gay companion for the night came running up as she was trying to talk her way out of it.

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Gloria Uses Her Assets to Help Jay With Work on 'Modern Family' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 13th 2011 12:45AM
'Modern Family' - 'Hit and Run'Poor Gloria. She feels like no one ever wants her to help with anything, which is weird because she has all the answers. She certainly has some of the best stories, as she proved with her beauty pageant tale to inspire Claire this week on 'Modern Family' (Wed., 9PM ET on ABC).

Doing so helped her out as well, as Claire turned around and advised Jay to give Gloria a shot at helping him out with his problem at work. The problem is that he's having trouble getting a new young hotshot CEO into his closet design. The guy wants to be wowed without having any idea what that means. Meanwhile, Jay works in the real world.

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Gloria Screams at the Little Girl Who Found Her Dog on 'Modern Family' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 6th 2011 1:15AM
'Modern Family' - 'Door to Door'After letting Jay's dog Stella out accidentally with the gate open, Gloria enlisted an eager Cam to help find her on 'Modern Family' (Wed., 9PM ET on ABC). Meanwhile, Jay was trying to teach Manny how to be a salesman by unloading fundraising wrapping paper.

Cam was just happy to be out of the apartment so he wouldn't have to clean up the mess he'd made that morning. Plus, he'd discovered that he was simply fabulous in a white t-shirt yelling, "Stella!"

When they found the dog, the little girl who'd found her tried to extort Gloria out of $200. She clearly didn't know a thing about Gloria, who didn't even consider it. When the girl tried screaming to accuse Gloria of stealing her dog, Gloria and Cam simply screamed back at her.

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Gloria Gets Caught Chewing Jay's Shoe on 'Modern Family' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 29th 2011 2:00AM
'Modern Family' - 'Phil on Wire'Gloria was feeling a little jealous this week on 'Modern Family' (Wed., 9PM ET on ABC). But it wasn't another woman that was stoking the fires, but rather a dog. The dog was in bed with them, and even in the shower with Jay at one point.

To make matters worse, she caught the dog chewing on her shoes at one point, so in an attempt to get Jay mad at the dog, she tried to convince it to chew up one of his shoes. Only the dog wasn't going for it, so Gloria got down on her knees to show the pooch how it's done.

At this point, of course, Jay and Manny showed up in the doorway. Gloria's face after Jay said, "Drop it," and she did obediently, was one of the funniest moments in the entire episode.

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Claire Interrupts Dylan's Big Moment on 'Modern Family' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 22nd 2011 1:45AM
'Modern Family' - 'Dude Ranch''Modern Family' (Wed., 9PM ET on ABC) kicked off its third season by taking the extended family to a dude ranch. Even Dylan came along, which made Hayley happy, but caused huge amounts of stress for Claire.

This culminated in her most terrified moment around the campfire when Dylan got down on one knee to propose to Hayley. Before he could even finish, Claire stopped him dead in his tracks and essentially scolded the both of them and sent Dylan to his room.

As she learned later, though, Hayley wasn't going to say yes to Dylan anyway. Claire just needed to understand that she was growing up, which turned out to be a theme of the episode. Only Luke seems to still be just as delightfully boyish as ever. Let's face it, Manny was never really a kid.

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'Modern Family' Star Sarah Hyland Is Pulling For Her TV Dad In the Emmys (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 3rd 2011 4:30PM
Sarah Hyland of 'Modern Family' is pulling for Ty Burrell in the Emmy race on 'Access Hollywood Live'Sarah Hyland, who plays Haley Dunphy on 'Modern Family,' has her hands full choosing who to root for in the Outstanding Supporting Actor In a Comedy Series Emmy race. Four of her co-stars -- Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O'Neill, Eric Stonestreet, and Ty Burrell -- are nominated in the category. Kit Hoover put Hyland on the spot on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) and asked her to choose who she'd most like to see win.

Hoover thought Hyland might have a soft spot for TV veteran O'Neill. "I do, I do," said Hyland. "Of course I love everyone in our cast and I wish them all the luck. But it has to be, for me, it has to be between Ed and Ty. He's my daddy. I want my daddy."

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All Sofia Vergara Knows About 'Modern Family' Season 3 Is That She'll Be Horseback Riding (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 27th 2011 12:45PM
Sofia Vergara of 'Modern Family' on 'Live With Regis and Kelly'Just as fans are eagerly awaiting details about season three of 'Modern Family,' so too is Sofia Vergara. Vergara, who plays Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, said Wednesday on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated) that she isn't sure what's in store next for season, but she does get a detail or two from writer/producer Steve Levitan from time to time, completely out of context.

Vergara said she gets no scripts in advance and doesn't know what will happen with Gloria. "I have no clue," she said. "The only thing is like a month ago I got a, like a text from Steve Levitan and he said, 'Do you know how to horseback ride?' So those are the kinds of hints that I get so I know something is going to come on that side of the story. But I never know."

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Rico Rodriguez Looks Forward To Season Three of 'Modern Family' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 19th 2011 4:45PM
Rico Rodriguez of 'Modern Family' on 'Access Hollywood Live'On 'Modern Family,' Rico Rodriguez plays the smart, sensitive, sometimes even too insightful kid Manny Delgado. Tuesday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), we learned the real Rodriguez is fairly smart and grounded, too. He loves playing Manny, whom he based on Antonio Banderas.

"He can get any girl he wants, but Manny can't," said Rodriguez of the Banderas connection, "but he has that mindset that he can. He's just trying to be that suave guy." And who wouldn't want to see Manny as Zorro?

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson Cracks Up The Top 12 As a Judge on 'SYTYCD' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 14th 2011 3:08AM
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, 'So You Think You Can Dance'It was a packed night, and a night of sadness, as the Top 12 took to the stage for the last time with their partners on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX). It was a critical time in the show, as next week the Top 10 are paired up with 'SYTYCD' All-Stars, and it's the Top 10 that goes on tour.

So to help alleviate the stress, Jesse Tyler Ferguson ('Modern Family') joined the panel. He does have a background in stage and dance, but he proved to be mostly there for comic relief. His off-the-cuff comments kept everyone light and in stitches.

The biggest laughs came when he abruptly suggested that Clarice should marry him. This after a beautiful lyrical hip-hop routine she performed with her partner Jess.

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