Articles for Modern Family Season 2

If there‘s a pattern so far this week in the ratings, it‘s that CBS is still the top dog. On Wednesday night the network had the highest-rated shows in all three hours of prime time and The Defenders became the season‘s third highest-rated new show of the season (behind Hawaii Five-0 and Mike and Molly, both also on CBS).  Read more »
Modern Family is coming off a huge win for Outstanding Comedy Series at this year‘s Emmys and with the first two strong episodes of season 2 (in terms of quality and ratings), it could easily be on its way to repeat that victory.There are plenty of reasons to love Modern Family, from the expert writing to the brilliant acting of all its stars, including Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet. But the performer who most consistently impresses me is one that might fly under your radar: Julie Bowen.  Read more »
We‘re super-excited for Halloween around here, and obviously the cast of Modern Family is too. So excited, in fact, that cast members Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Nolan Gould took to their camera phones and Twitter to give us a sneak peek of their costumes for the show‘s Halloween episode.Modern Family‘s script coordinator Clint McCray had this tweet to add: "So it looks like no one will be surprised when they see the MODERN FAMILY cast‘s Halloween costumes when the show airs." Read more »
Take a quick bite of the latest TV news in 300 words.Score one for Sofia Vergara Modern Family star, Sofia Vergara, is teaming up with producer Ben Silverman (The Office) to adapt the popular Spanish series Aqui no hay quien viva (I Hate This Place). The series will be a single camera sitcom that focuses on a strict father and flaky son who have to overcome their differences to run an apartment complex full of wacky tenants. Ben Silverman was behind the successful adaptation of The Office, and if he uses his same mojo, this series could be a perfect companion piece for Modern Family. ABC is desperate to build up their Wednesday night comedy block and so far only 3 efforts have stuck: Modern Family, The Middle and Cougar Town. The tentatively titled I Hate This Place could be the show that cements ABC Wednesday night as the new "Must See TV" comedy block. [Deadline] Read more »
Take a quick minute to catch up on the latest TV news in 300 words.More Bret to ComeRock star turned reality sensation, Bret Michaels, has announced details for his new reality show. Instead of courting bus loads of women on Rock of Love, or vying for a seat next to Donald Trump on the Celebrity Apprentice, Michaels will be getting the old "this is what my life is like" treatment. His new show for VH1, titled Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, will focus on the rockers personal life as he juggles life as a father, lover, rocker and bandana wearer. Michaels says this show is different from his previous reality TV ventures because this will be "unprotected reality." He is really trying to pull the no holds barred angle when it comes to his show, but "unprotected reality?" Unless his show is live (wouldn‘t that be rad?) it will be as canned, produced and addictive as the rest of them. [People] Read more »
Holiday themed episodes are one of TV‘s oldest and best traditions. And if you‘re a fan of TV (that‘s why you‘re here of course) then you know that Halloween themed episodes are a great way to get in the spirit of season and gear up for the big night. So lock the doors, get out the candy, and prepare to be spooked because it‘s that time of year again where our favorite TV shows treat (or trick) us with Halloween themed episodes. With All Hallows‘ Eve right around the corner we‘ve rounded up a motley list of TV shows that will be airing haunting episodes and channels that will be celebrating all month long. Take a look at the list of upcoming Halloween episodes and see if your favorite show has anything creepy planned. Read more »
It is the considerable opinion of BuddyTV that the people should not be allowed to vote. This morning the 2011 People‘s Choice Award nominees were announced and the choices are less than inspired. Sure, like a broken clock, some of the choices show an impressive exhibition of taste (nominating Ian Somerhalder‘s highly entertaining performance on The Vampire Diaries), but mostly, it‘s an embarrassment. Read more »
This morning the Golden Glode Award nominations were announced, and the TV side featured some truly outrageous nominations. While shows like Glee and 30 Rock picked up many expected nominations, who could‘ve seen someone like Scott Caan getting nominated for Hawaii Five-0? Or Piper Perabo for USA‘s Covert Affairs?The Golden Globes also gave love to new shows like Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead and The Big C. Read more »
Welcome to The GBU, a weekly column coming every Monday where I look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on TV.   I watch more TV than anyone I know, between 60 and 70 hours each week, every week. Doing the math, that amounts to roughly 3,500 hours, or nearly 40 percent of my life, spent watching TV in 2010.  Read more »
Just two days after the Golden Globe nominations were announced, the Screen Actors Guild unveiled their nominations. While the drama side is rather predictable, the comedy line-up is full of surprises, including two nominations for TV Land‘s Hot in Cleveland.  Read more »
When Modern Family returns on January 5, James Marsden--yes, the guy from X-Men and no, not the guy from Buffy, that‘s James Marsters--will guest as Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron‘s (Eric Stonestreet) new neighbor. And for once, it won‘t be Gloria (Sophia Vergara) who‘s inciting the swoons and teenage giggle-fests in the family.This sneak peek of Marsden, shirtless and wet in the hot tub with our fave gay couple, pretty clearly sets up where this one-episode storyline is going: Read more »
Do you have a New Year‘s Resolution? Around this time, most people make resolutions to lose weight or go to the gym more, or at least to shave off some "holiday pounds." Sometimes we wish TV shows would make similar resolutions. If they would only trim a little fat, or cut out certain aspects all-together! Here are some shows we wish would trim up a bit.Dexter: trim the LaGuerta/Batista romance subplot. At the end of Season 5 they were like, "let‘s start over," and we were like, "Noooo! Let it die!" Because there was nothing less interesting than their marital problems when killers and vigilantes were on the loose. Make it stop, or at least don‘t let it take up half of an episode.  Read more »
Welcome to The GBU, a weekly column coming every Monday where I look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on TV.TV ratings aren‘t the best barometer of quality, but they certainly help shape what shows will succeed and which ones will fail. The first week of 2011 had plenty of highs and lows.  Read more »
ABC is obviously pretty happy with many of their shows. Even though we‘re not quite halfway through the current season, the network has announced that it will pick up six of its shows for the 2011-2012 television season. Which shows have earned the love of their parent network? Read more »
Today the NAACP announced this year‘s nominees for the Image Awards, and they feature many of the nominees you might expect. The sad truth is that there is still a lack of diversity on television, and these nominations only serve to highlight that by nominating nearly every African-American actor on TV, regardless of actual quality.  Read more »
It was a big night for Glee as members of the foreign press kicked off awards season with the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles.The Fox musical series was named Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical for a second year in a row, with Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch taking home Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively. HBO‘s Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire was named Best TV Series - Drama, with Steve Buscemi named Best Actor - Drama. Katey Sagal was finally recognized as Best Actress - Drama for her work in FX‘s Sons of Anarchy, while Jim Parsons and Laura Linney were similarly feted.The Facebook drama The Social Network emerged as the big winner on the film front, winning four awards, including Best Motion Picture - Drama and honors for director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin. The quirky comedy The Kids Are All Right went home with two awards, including Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. Natalie Portman was named Best Actress - Drama for Black Swan, while The Fighter‘s Christian Bale and Melissa Leo took nods for Best Supporting Actor and Actress.The nominees for this year‘s major awards are listed below, with the winners in bold. The full list of winners can be found here. Read more »
Welcome to The GBU, a weekly column where I look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on TV.The 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards were a lot more serious than the recent Golden Globe Awards. For television, the awards went to Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland) and the casts of Boardwalk Empire and Modern Family.  Read more »
Life is complicated. TV can help. "What Would TV Do?" attempts to explore life‘s mysteries, problems and everyday situations with the assistance of the life lessons offered by television. Read more »
Life is complicated. TV can help. "What Would TV Do?" attempts to explore life‘s mysteries, problems and everyday situations with the assistance of the life lessons offered by television. Read more »
Life is complicated. TV can help. "What Would TV Do?" attempts to explore life‘s mysteries, problems and everyday situations with the assistance of the life lessons offered by television. Read more »
CBS can do no wrong. After launching five of the most successful new shows of the fall season, the network has another hit with the Criminal Minds spin-off, Suspect Behavior. The show premiered last night with 12.9 million viewers, beating a new episode of the original Criminal Minds which only had 12.8 million.  Read more »
I‘ve come to expect a certain level of cleverness and sophistication from Modern Family, the Emmy-winning comedy with some of the best writing and acting on all TV. So I was a bit confused (in a good way) by the show‘s most recent episode, "The Musical Man."The humor seemed particularly juvenile, and a lot of the jokes were dirtier than usual. Sure, there was the advertisement on Phil‘s minivan that made it look like Claire and Haley were prostitutes, but Cam‘s inappropriate mouth also provided some off-color jokes that aren‘t what you might expect from Modern Family.  Read more »
Last night, FOX ruled the night with its ratings behemoth, American Idol.Even down 10% from last week, with a total of 22.79 million viewers, Idol is about as good as it gets for broadcast television ratings. And at an hour and-a-half runtime, there isn‘t much in the way of competition for the reality singing juggernaut. The top five performed last night, singing both contemporary hits and classics. Will Idol‘s ratings rise as the competitors dwindle? If history repeats itself, yes. Read more »
Last night, FOX‘s American Idol proved there is life after Simon Cowell by beating its own ratings for not only last week, but last season‘s comparable episode as well.On last night‘s episode, the final four competitors took on songs by legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote such classics as "There Goes My Baby," "Yakety Yak," "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock," just to name a few. Oh, and "Stand By Me." Can‘t forget that one. In any case, Idol outperformed last week and last year. It was up 5% from last week, and it beat last season‘s top four episode by 1%, with 24.96 million viewers. Looks like Idol still has some blood flowing through its veins, even after all these years. I imagine the show will be around for a long time yet to come. Read more »
ABC is pretty confident in its current lineup because most of its current shows are returning to the exact same time slots. Dancing with the Stars, Castle, Body of Proof, The Middle, Modern Family, Grey‘s Anatomy, Private Practice and Desperate Housewives are keeping the network anchored with returning favorites on nearly every night.  Read more »
Last night, FOX‘s American Idol rose even further, up slightly from last week, and is sure to soar even higher for the season finale next week. With many of Wednesday‘s big shows out for the summer, Idol had little to no competition going into last night‘s two-hour singing extravaganza. On last night‘s episode, the final three competitors sang three songs a piece -- one chosen by coach Jimmy Iovine, one chosen by the judges and one chosen by the contestants themselves. The episode absolutely dominated ratings, with 24.36 million viewers. Going into the results show tonight, it‘s anyone‘s game. Be sure and check BuddyTV tonight for our recap of Idol, and find out who‘s surviving into the final episodes of the season!  Read more »
Last night, FOX‘s American Idol obliterated the competition with its season finale results show, beating out last week‘s results show and last year‘s finale by wide margins. On Idol last night, country singer Scotty McCreery took the title and became this season‘s American Idol. The finale had 29.3 million viewers, an absolutely staggering number. That‘s a 21% increase over last year‘s finale, and the first time in five years Idol has topped a previous season‘s finale. And if you weren‘t one of the 29.3 million that watched last night‘s Idol, check out our handy recap. Read more »
Have you ever wished that you could jump inside the brain of your favorite TV star or writer so that even when the show wasn‘t on, you could witness their brilliance, insight and hilarity at all times?Well, even if you haven‘t wished it, since that‘s sort of a creepy (but understandable) wish, now you can, thanks to Twitter. Getting inside a star‘s head has never been easier! (Or less messy, if we‘re being literal. Which, for the record, we are not.)Here are our picks for 25 people on and involved with TV (both real and fictional!) that you‘ll want to make sure you follow this summer.  Read more »

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