As everyone expected, American Idol dominated the ratings again last night. Shows are just vying for second place on the nights it airs... * 8 p.m. American Idol : 26.3 million viewers The New Adventures of Old Christine : 6.3 million Mercy : 5.9 million * 8:30 p.m. The Middle : 6.1 million Gary Unmarried : 5.8 million * 9 p.m. Criminal Minds : 14 million Modern Family : 7.8 million/Cougar Town: 7.4 million Law & Order: Special Victims Unit : 7.7 million * 10 p.m. CSI: NY : 14.1 million The Jay Leno Show : 5.4 million Ugly Betty : 4.5 million Source Here
There appears to be some confusion over the ordering of episodes for Modern Family, as ABC switched the air date of two episodes. I had originally posted that Chazz Palminteri would be guest starring on the January 13 episode (and posted photos). I've since learned that that episode will air on January 20. Hope that clears things up. ABC has now released promo hotos for the January 27 episode, which will feature Minnie Driver as a guest star. The show is getting a lot of pretty decent guest stars in its first season, isn't it? Check out the photos and a synopsis below. JAY AND CLAIRE ARE EACH THROWN OFF THEIR GAME BY SOME UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTERS, ON ABC'S "MODERN FAMILY" To Read More Click here .
Though many of us are seriously missing Glee from our Wednesday nights, thanks to the ABC comedy line-up and a few others, Wednesday has seriously stepped up its game! Now that everything's back, yes, including American Idol , but also Leverage tonight, check out all there is to watch this Wednesday night: 8/7c American Idol on Fox Mercy on NBC The New Adventures of Old Christine on CBS 8:30/7:30c The Middle on ABC Gary Unmarried on CBS 9/8c Modern Family on ABC Criminal Minds on CBS Leverage on TNT Friday Night Lights on DirecTV Ghost Hunters International on Sci-Fi 9:30/8:30c Cougar Town on ABC 10/9c Ugly Betty on ABC The Jay Leno Show on NBC CSI: NY on CBS Real World: D.C. on MTV Nip/Tuck on FX 11/10c The Daily Show on Comedy Central 11:30/10:30c The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on NBC The Colbert Report on Comedy Central What will you be watching?
ABC has picked up all three of its new Wednesday-night comedies for next season! " The Middle ," " Modern Family " and " Cougar Town " will all be back for the 2010-11 season, ABC Entertainment president Steve McPherson announced Tuesday (Jan. 12) at the TV Critics Association press Source Here
Chazz Palminteri will be guest starring on the January 13 new episode of Modern Family as an old friend of Jay's. ABC has released four 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" Guest starring Chazz Palminteri ("The Usual Suspects," "Analyze This") as Shorty. "Fifteen Percent" - Mitchell plants the seed in Jay's head that he thinks one of Jay's old buddies, Shorty, might be secretly gay. Jay doesn't believe it for a second except for all the questionable signs he now keeps noticing. Meanwhile Gloria gives Manny's date a makeover and Claire faces off with Phil's universal remote, on "Modern Family," WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. To Read More Click here .
Classic comedy will be, too, as long-time comedian David Brenner guest stars as an insult comic that entertains Jay and Glorida on their holiday date. On the February 10 installment, Jay pushes his wife to attend a performance by his all-time favorite stand-up. Brenner, 73, would fit that bill for many in Jay's generation. He actually holds the record for most times appearing on The Tonight Show (158). Elsewhere on this episode, Cameron and Mitchell babysit Manny; while Phil and Claire check in to a hotel for some alone time... if you know what we mean! Source here
Tough news for Ugly Betty fans: despite a move to a more attractive night, the show's ratings didn't improve. Here's a rundown of last night's numbers... 8 p.m. The Middle : 7.9 million Mercy : 7.3 million Glee rerun: 3.4 million One Tree Hill rerun: 894,000 9 p.m. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit : 10.8 million People's Choice Awards: 10.4 million Modern Family : 10.2 million/Cougar Town (pictured): 7.9 million Glee rerun: 3.4 million Gossip Girl rerun: 487,000 10 p.m. People's Choice Awards: 11.1 million The Jay Leno Show : 5.2 million Ugly Betty : 5.1 million Source Here
More of our favorites return tonight from their winter hiatuses including Ugly Betty as it moves to its new night! Check out what's new for your Wednesday night TV: 8/7c The Middle on ABC (2 new episodes) Mercy on NBC 9/8c People's Choice Awards on CBS Modern Family on ABC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC Ghost Hunters International on Sci-Fi 9:30/8:30c Cougar Town on ABC Friday Night Lights on DirecTV 10/9c Ugly Betty on ABC Nip/Tuck on FX Real World: D.C. on MTV Launch My Line on Bravo 11:30/10:30c The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on NBC The Colbert Report on Comedy Central
* Nip/Tuck (10/9c FX ) The three-week hiatus between "seasons" is over, and Christian and Sean head into their homestretch with the first of the final episodes before the series wraps in March. As things stand, Christian and Kimber are married, and the boys have won an award from their alma mater, the University of Miami. As they head back East to accept it, flashbacks recall their college years. It might not surprise you that their personalities were pretty well-formed even then. * People's Choice Awards (9/8c CBS) Viewers may not care but the most significant thing about the 36th annual gala that celebrates fan favorites in movies, TV and music is that Survivor creator Mark Burnett is producing this year's telecast. "We have jam-packed this show with epic performances, surprises and huge show moments that will be sure to keep the audience glued to their seats," he says. Sounds like hype - and it is - but Burnett is known to deliver the goods more times than not. Queen Latifah returns as host, and Mary J. Blige is among the performers. * Cougar Town (9:30/8:30c ABC) Lisa Kudrow is the first of the Friends cast to guest star on Courteney Cox's new show, but don't expect to see anyone resembling sweet, daffy Phoebe. Instead, she portrays a prickly dermatologist, and Jules and Ellie willingly endure her unpleasant demeanor during their consultations because she's known for doing fantastic work. But when the doctor takes a liking to Jules' ex-husband, Jules leaps into protective mode, and it becomes a battle of the cougar vs. the "Smelly Cat" songstress. * Modern Family (9/8c ABC) "Early to bed and early to rise," wrote Benjamin Franklin, "makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." If that's true, then tonight the Pritchetts are sick, broke and dumb as no one gets any shut-eye. At Jay's, it's because Manny's father (Benjamin Bratt) finally shows up to see his son, with tall tales and grand plans for an evening's revelry. Meanwhile, Mitchell and Cameron are at odds over how to "Ferberize," or sleep-train, Lily, and Phil's kidney stones make sure no sheep get counted at the Dunphys. * Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... (10/9c Sundance) Elvis is not only in the building, but, for a change, he is in the hot seat and the focus of this engaging and entertaining episode. The tables are turned as actress Mary-Louise Parker is the interviewer and Costello the interviewee, who reflects on the songwriting process, fond memories of his trumpet-player father and collaborative endeavors with the likes of Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and T-Bone Burnett. Songs featured include "Brilliant Mistake," "So Like Candy" and "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea." * Ugly Betty (10:01/9:01c ABC) Yes, you read that right: Ugly Betty has moved to Wednesdays, and it's doing so in grand fashion - but what would you expect from the Modies? First things first, it's a big night for guest stars, including Christine Ebersole's turn as a gallery owner who agrees to show Matt's art, and Matt Newton, Becki's brother, is back as Troy, Marc's Bahamas hookup. But stay tuned for an appearance by Betty's orthodontist (Jesse Tyler Ferguson). Is it finally time for our heroine's long-rumored braces removal? Source Here
* A Christmas Story Marathon (8/7c TBS) Butter up plenty of popcorn, gather the family and settle in for lots of holiday yuks as this 1983 classic airs in 12 consecutive screenings. Directed by Bob Clark (this is great enough to forgive him for Porky's), and written and wonderfully narrated by humorist Jean Shepherd, the film tracks the misadventures of Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), a beamish lad in the 1940s who wants nothing else for Christmas but a Red Ryder BB gun. * SportsCenter Special: Decade in Review (4:30/3:30c ESPN) The Oughts are not permitted to end without a definitive highlight show from SportsCenter, the sports fan's nightly supplier of scores and highlights since 1979. It was a 10-year stretch that began with Dennis Miller in the Monday Night Football booth, Marion Jones and Tiger Woods on top of the world and the Yankees celebrating a title. We end with Jon Gruden on MNF, Jones and Woods thoroughly disgraced and (sigh) the Yankees celebrating a title. Those stories and more are neatly summed up in 90 whirlwind minutes. * Catherine Tate Christmas Special 2 (8:40/7:40c BBC America ) If you're looking for a laugh this Christmas Eve, this holiday special from across the pond should do the job. British funny lady Catherine Tate is back with more seasonal skits featuring her wonderfully wacky characters, including Nan Taylor, the foul-mouthed granny; bratty teen Lauren Cooper; and Derek Fay, the man who's most certainly not gay, despite everyone believing otherwise. Also making an appearance is Welsh songstress Charlotte Church. * Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (8/7c ABC Family) Ever wonder how Santa got to be Santa? The creative folks at Rankin-Bass did back in 1970 and came up with a gem that's become a holiday perennial. Fred Astaire narrates the story of an orphan named Kris (voice of Mickey Rooney), who is given to a family of toymakers, the Kringles, to raise. When Kris grows up, he wants to deliver the family's toys to the children of Sombertown. But the town's mayor, the Scrooge-like Burgermeister Meisterburger, hates toys and won't allow anyone to have them. But kindly Kris won't take no for an answer. * Raising the Bar (8/7c TNT ) TNT played judge, jury and executioner to this Steven Bochco-produced courtroom drama by canceling it back in November, but three new episodes remain in the wake of that verdict. In a tightly wrapped Christmas Eve gift to fans of the show, all three of them air in succession tonight. In the first episode, Jerry tumbles into a moral quandary when it's discovered his client's testimony against a rapist might be utter fiction. A parallel plot involves Roz, who comes in possession of a baby after a regrettable turn of events. * Modern Family (9/8c ABC) Christmas comes but once a year, but this show is the gift that keeps on giving with an encore of its Dec. 9 episode. At the Pritchett house, Gloria and Manny sulk when Jay goes all Scrooge-y on their Colombian traditions, while Lily's first Christmas turns into impromptu dinner plans with a ho-ho-hobo for Cameron and Mitchell. And at the Dunphys, Phil puts the "no" in Noel when he threatens to X-out Xmas unless the kids fess up to a recent transgression. Fred Willard guest stars as Phil's dad. Source Here