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TV ratings: 'American Idol,' Obama dominate Wednesday

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 A fair number of people who watched "American Idol" Wednesday kept their TVs tuned to FOX for the State of the Union address, giving the network an edge over coverage of the speech on ABC, CBS and NBC. Ratings for all the big four networks were affected by the State of the Union, but thanks to "Idol" FOX ended the night in first place with 17.2 million viewers and a 9.6 rating/15 share in households. ABC (6.3 million, 3.9/6) finished second, followed by NBC (5.7 million, 3.7/6). CBS was not far behind with 5.4 million viewers and a 3.6/6. The CW (1.1 million, 0.8/1), which didn't air the speech, trailed. FOX also led among adults 18-49 with a 6.4 rating. ABC took second with a 1.8, followed by NBC, 1.5; CBS, 1.4; and The CW, 0.5. To Read More Click here .

Sneak Peeks - Modern Family 1.14 "Moon Landing"

A new episode of Modern Family won't be airing tonight, but it will be airing on February 3. Minnie Driver will be appearing in that episode as a guest star. ABC has released 4 sneak peeks for the episode, which you can view below. JAY AND CLAIRE ARE EACH THROWN OFF THEIR GAME BY SOME UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTERS, ON ABC'S "MODERN FAMILY" To Read More Click here .

Modern Family First Look: Minnie Driver Guest Stars Episode 14 - Photo

Dear President Obama: We care very much about the State of the Union. But couldn't you have given this address on a Saturday night? Or at least a half hour later so we could watch a new episode of Modern Family this week? Due to the Commander in Chief's annual address, we can state one thing for certain about the state of this union: it will be far less funny than usual at 9 p.m. on ABC. Fortunately, we have what appears to be a great episode to look forward to on February 3: "Moon Landing" will feature Minnie Driver as a friend of Claire's; as well as an awkward interaction between Jay and Cameron in a locker room. Source & More Photos

TV Tonight: What's On Wednesday 1/20 - Featured

If you loved the Human Target premiere, don't miss out on an all new episode tonight for its timeslot premiere! Besides that, there's plenty more to watch including my personal Wednesday favs, Modern Family and Ugly Betty . Check out all that's new tonight: 8/7c American Idol on Fox Mercy on NBC The New Adventures of Old Christine on CBS 8:30/7:30c Gary Unmarried on CBS 9/8c Human Target on Fox Modern Family on ABC Criminal Minds on CBS Friday Night Lights on DirecTV Leverage on TNT Ghost Hunters International on Sci-Fi 9:30/8:30c Cougar Town on ABC 10/9c Ugly Betty on ABC CSI: NY on CBS Nip/Tuck on FX Real World: D.C. on MTV Launch My Line on Bravo 11/10c The Daily Show on Comedy Central 11:30/10:30c The Colbert Report on Comedy Central What will you be watching?

'Human Target', Modern Family, Mercy moves for State of the Union - Featured

The last-minute shelving of FOX's game show Our Little Genius and next week's State of the Union address could end up being a good thing for Human Target . The president's annual address to Congress and the country will air at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 27. All of the big four broadcast networks (along with PBS and the cable news channels) will air it live, resulting in the usual schedule tweaking on the nets' part. To Read More Click Here .

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 - Featured

* Human Target (9/8c Fox) Sunday's sneak preview of this new thriller gave us a good idea how Christopher Chance operates, such as finding a novel way to get off a high-speed train without the benefit of, say, stopping. Tonight he takes to the skies (what's next, the sea?) when unidentified goons are after an anonymous computer hacker who's privy to a critical piece of information. And faster than you can say "all in a day's work," a routine flight for our hero means flying upside down after the plane catches on fire. * Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... (10/9c Sundance) The bard of the Jersey Shore, Bruce Springsteen, graces the stage for the first of a two-part sit-down with Elvis Costello. It's an introspective and reflective hour as Bruce opens up about how music puts its "fingerprints on your imagination and into your heart" and how his "first band wouldn't let me sing." But sing he does as he goes solo on "Wild Billy's Circus Story" and "American Skin (41 Shots)," and brings down the house when he and Elvis channel Sam and Dave on the soul men's "I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down." * Modern Family (8c ABC) Although Jay would probably be the first to admit he's not the most enlightened man in the world, he has learned to accept, at least grudgingly, that his son, Mitchell, is gay. But when Mitchell suggests that one of Jay's best friends, Shorty (Chazz Palminteri), might be homosexual, the elder Pritchett is going to require a lot more convincing. Meanwhile, Phil's new universal remote renders the techno-illiterate Claire powerless, and Gloria gives Manny's date a makeover. Kristen Schaal also guest stars. * Being Erica (10/9c SOAPnet) This fantasy-comedy series returns for a second season and finds a big change in store for Erica: Dr. Naadiah has taken over her therapy sessions for Dr. Tom. After a year in which Erica and Dr. Tom kept digging into her past, Erica opts for a little role reversal and looks into Dr. Tom's past. Dr. Naadiah sends her back to 1998 to visit a younger, troubled version of Dr. Tom, and it turns out to be quite an eye-opening experience for her. * The Human Spark (8/7c PBS) If the host was anyone other than Alan Alda, this joke might resonate: Today's show proves that the actor has a brain. In any event, the three-parter's finale finds Alda's gray matter being mapped via high-tech imaging techniques, uncovering the parts used for language, tool making and deducting what's on the minds of others, as well as the very intangible that sets us apart from our simian counterparts: imagination. Source here

'Modern Family' Gets Kevin Bacon at Golden Globes - Featured

" Modern Family " may not win the Best Comedy Series at the recent Golden Globes but it did not go home empty-handed. The ABC show has successfully proposed Kevin Bacon to guest star in the episode, E! Online quoted Jesse Ferguson who plays Mitchell as saying. "Kevin Bacon just agreed to come on our show!" Ferguson gushed. "I just met him and I said, 'Come on our show,' and he said, 'I'm comin!' So I'm personally casting him as a guest star. We're going to have Judy Greer, Minnie Driver and then Kevin Bacon." Better than the casting, Julie Bowen has a story already mapped out for Bacon. "There will have to be flashbacks to Claire's past. He can be her ex-boyfriend and we can make out," the actress who portrays Claire said. "I want the flashback to where we really get hot and heavy and dance to 'Footloose'. I remember the dance in the warehouse. I remember every minute of that movie." Bowen came upon the plot because it would be only fair since Greer is guest starring in the show as her on-screen husband's old flame. "Modern Family" lost to "Glee" in the Best Comedy/Musical Series category. After the ceremony, the show held a set tour anyway and EW's Michael Ausiello who was in attendance said, "We'll learn more about Fisbo! Also, Gloria will get into a car wreck and Mitchell will offer her some free legal advice." Source Here

Modern Family: Co-creator Steve Levitan weighs in

Didn't love the other night's "Modern Family." Thought the Cam/Mitchell and Phil/Claire plots were very predictable and sitcom-y, and the Jay/Gloria/dog butler plot only worked because it was so silly (and the writing embraced that). But after the jump, I have some press tour thoughts from "Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan about several topics we've been discussing about the show over the course of this season... To Read More Click Here .

3 Sneak Peeks - Modern Family 1.13 "Fifteen Percent"

So hopefully we've cleared up any confusion about the air date of Modern Family. Chazz Palminteri will be making a guest appearance on the January 20 episode (not on January 13, as we originally stated). ABC has released three sneak peeks for the episode, which you can view below. You can also check out promo photos that we previously posted. THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM, ON ABC'S "MODERN FAMILY". To Read More Click Here .

Judy Greer to Guest Star on Modern Family

Modern Family's outstanding guest star line-up just added a new name. We've already been treated to Fred Willard as Phil's father; and Chazz Palminteri appears on next week's episode. Now, we can confirm that Judy Greer is joining the funniest family on TV for on episode. The actress has previously guest-starred on House and Arrested Development and even anchored ABC's short-lived 2008 sitcom Miss Guided. Greer will portray Denise, an ex-girlfriend of family man Phil that reconnects with him on (what else?) Facebook. Despite Claire's initial hesitation, she's invited over for dinner to meet the Dunphys. We can only imagine - with a huge smile on our faces - how awkward Phil will make this meal. Source Here