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Are These The Top 10 Shows of 2011? AFI Says So

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 12th 2011 12:45PM
AFI Top 10 TV Shows 2011'Parks and Recreation' stands very tall next to 'Boardwalk Empire' on the American Film Institute's list of Top 10 TV shows of 2011. Can you imagine a meeting between Leslie Knope and Nucky Thompson?

A who's who of veteran shows and critical darlings filled out the rest of the list, some for the first time. 'The Good Wife,' 'Parks,' 'Louie,' and 'Justified' are all brand new entries to AFI's year-end list.

Showtime's 'Homeland' and HBO's 'Game of Thrones' were the only new 2011 shows to make the list.

Take a peek at the full list below.

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Top 11 in '11: TV's Best Scene-Stealing Men

by AOL TV Staff, posted Dec 12th 2011 12:00PM
Nolan Ross on 'Revenge' & Schmidt on 'New Girl'What do Nolan from 'Revenge' and Schmidt, the self-proclaimed ladies man on 'New Girl,' have in common?

Yeah, they can both get a little smarmy, and Nolan could probably fill a Douchebag Jar faster than most with his conniving ways. But they're also two of our 11 in '11 best scene-stealing men on TV.

This list is filled with epic examples of how to be a co-star. Yes, these 11 men may not be top-billed on their respective shows, but it's safe to say those shows wouldn't be the same without them.

Who made the cut? Click into our gallery to see, and share your own nominees in the comments.

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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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The Kardashians Make Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People of 2011'

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 30th 2011 12:40PM
the kardashians It's that time of the year again. Seasonal snow is on its way and the holiday lights are making their big debut, but most importantly, it's time for Barbara Walters to unveil her annual 10 Most Fascinating People list.

And it looks like the first family of reality TV -- the Kardashians -- made the cut. The 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' stars Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian and sisters Kourtney and Khloe all made Walters' list.

After raking in a reported $65 million in 2010, launching a new clothing line for Sears, airing a four-hour wedding special, having one of the most talked about divorce scandals of the year and making headlines on a daily basis, it looks like the Kardashians not only fascinate Walters, but they also fascinate the public.

The Kardashians will have a bit of reality TV company. Music mogul and 'The X Factor' judge Simon Cowell made the list, as well as businessman -- and 'The Apprentice' star -- Donald Trump.

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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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Greg Kinnear Heading to 'Modern Family,' 'SNL' Books Steve Buscemi & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 17th 2011 6:30PM
Greg Kinnear Modern FamilyGreg Kinnear is going to spend some time with the Dunphys. According to EW, Kinnear will guest star as Tad, Phil's new business partner.

In his first sitcom gig since 'Friends,' Kinnear's Tad is described as a "successful" and "athletic" real estate broker. Phil is impressed by his new friend, but Claire is ... well, Claire.

No airdate has been set.

In other casting news ...

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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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Former Obama Speechwriter Sells White House Family Comedy to NBC

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 25th 2011 3:30PM
A zany family comedy set in the White House could be coming to NBC. According to The Wrap, the network has ordered a put pilot commitment for a show titled '1600 Penn,' written by Jon Lovett, a former speechwriter for President Obama.

'1600 Penn' reportedly focuses on a fictionalized, "dysfunctional" first-family and will be shot as a single-camera show. It's co-produced by 'The Book of Mormon' star Josh Gad and 'Modern Family' writer Jason Winer.

Lovett left the Obama administration in September to take his writing talents to Hollywood. His first-hand experience working in the government is similar to that of Lawrence O'Donnell, who worked as a legislative aid for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan before becoming a writer on 'The West Wing.'

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Your Favorite TV Shows Celebrate Halloween (PHOTOS)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 23rd 2011 7:30PM
'Happy Endings' does Halloween!Halloween is just a week away, and the stars of your favorite TV shows are all dressed up and ready to go!

We've already given you some fun how-tos for TV-inspired costumes, but your favorite TV characters have a few more clever tricks and treats to feast your eyes on.

From 'Community' to 'Modern Family,' 'The Simpsons' to 'Happy Endings,' 'The Middle,' 'The Office' and more, click through this spooktacular gallery for some awesome Halloween episode teases.

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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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What to Watch: Oct 17 - 23

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 19th 2011 10:00AM
Recipe to Riches - Wednesday October 19, 9 PM ET/PT, Food Network Canada

Hosted by 'Bachelor' Jesse Palmer, this new series has 21 home-cook contestants competing to create a recipe that can be mass produced, preserved and sold in grocery stores. Instead of conducting their R&D in labs or test kitchens or what-have-you, Jane's Family Foods is doing it on TV, offering a $250,000 prize to the winner, and reaping millions of dollars in promotional opportunities. In fact, you'll be able to taste the recipes in your local Loblaw, and Galen Weston will be stopping in as a guest judge to make sure his company gets plenty of air time too.

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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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