For the second week in a row, ABC's Modern Family posted significant gains, despite going head-to-head with ratings powerhouse American Idol. Modern Family drew 10.1 million viewers, an increase of 8 percent from last week, and tied its season high in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. Its lead-in, The Middle (8.2 million), was also up, improving 11 percent to reach a series high. Faltering against Idol, Cougar Town shed more than 3 million of Family's viewers and fell sharply in the 18-to-49 demo. Fox, of course, won the night, anchored by Idol (25 million viewers), which was up 4 percent from last week, when it debuted in the 9/8c Wednesday timeslot. Human Target also settled into its new slot this week, drawing 8.9 million viewers and improving a notch in the demo. CBS placed second overall for the night, as The New Adventures of Old Christine (8.3 million viewers) and Gary Unmarried (7.7 million viewers) jumped up 21 and 26 percent, respectively. Criminal Minds (14.6 million viewers) remained steady against Idol. CSI: NY was the big winner at 10/9c, drawing 13.7 million viewers. The show also improved 6 percent in the demo, despite competing with a Law & Order: SVU repeat (6 million viewers) that performed 18 percent higher than The Jay Leno Show's average. Ugly Betty pulled in 4.7 million viewers and improved 21 percent from last week. Elsewhere, NBC's Mercy (6.5 million viewers) was up 13 percent at 8/7c, and a Life Unexpected repeat at the same time drew 1.6 million viewers for the CW. Source Here
It's the Wednesday before Valentine's Day, and all through TV land, not a laugh is NOT stirring! Yes, it's a night of V-day fun on ABC, including A Charlie Brown Valentine plus V-day themed regular Wed comedies, plus you can find lots more laughs around the channels, along with plenty of good drama as well! Check out all that's on tonight: 8/7c A Charlie Brown Valentine on ABC Human Target 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 American Idol on Fox 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 Psych on USA Network Nip/Tuck on FX Real World: D.C. on MTV Tosh.0 on Comedy Central Southland on TNT Shear Genius 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?
The impressive list of Modern Family guest stars just added another name. To Edward Norton, Elizabeth Banks and Minnie Driver, we can now add Justin Kirk. Best known for his hilarious turn on Weeds as Nancy Botwin's brother-in-law, Andy, Kirk will play the owner of a clothing line on the ABC sitcom. He'll interact with Mitchell, who quits his law firm and comes aboard Kirk's company as its legal council. The character will be named Lee Keizler and Kirk is currently booked for one episode in the spring. Source here
There are so many wonderful TV romances out there from the "classics" like Rachel and Ross on Friends , the will-they-or-won't-they couples like House 's "Huddy," and Chuck 's Chuck and Sarah, then of course the thrilling happy tales of those like The Office 's Jim and Pam. But while we love all those TV romances, this is our first Valentine's Day with this season's new shows, so let's give our favorite freshman show romances a little love! Here are my top 5 favorite freshman show romances: Glee - Will & Emma Anndd.... Rachel and Puck, Rachel and Finn, Quinn and Puck, Archie and Tina, Finn and Kurt! Okay, so the best part of this show besides the music and the hilarious comedy is definitely all the crazy, impossible, adorable, and ridiculous love triangles, squares, and octagons! But because teenagers will be teenagers and I really can't decide who of them would be cutest together, I'll go with the ultimate meant-to-be Glee couple for this Valentine's Day being Will and Emma. We were all shocked to see them actually get together (or at least kiss post-double break up) in the fall finale, so now it'll be thrilling to see where their adorable flirtation and tension will go from there! As for the others, well, I'm ready for wherever their drama and hormones take us next! Modern Family - Cam & Mitchell While this cast has a family full of hysterical characters and great couples, Cam and Mitchell take the cake for this one. They balance each other perfectly, have amazing chemistry, and show a love and bond like few other TV characters really do these days. Their relationship is topped off just right with their developing parenting skills which just emphasize how perfect they are for each other in many a situation like Mitchell semi-calmly calling On-Star as Cam screaming and racing at the car with a trash can (because they accidentally locked their new baby in there, of course). Their interview banter is also fantastic showing their chemistry and humor as well, making them at the top of my list for causing many a replay moment! Vampire Diaries - Stefan & Elena While the vampire-human romance is somehow not getting old in all its Twilight and True Blood glory, it seems that's the case because each romance, while having their similarities, are all just different enough. Stefan and Elena, for instance, are first of all hot, second of all have a mysterious past kind of with each other/Elena's look-a-like that's completely fascinating. And of course the brotherly love triangle tension doesn't hurt either! Life UneXpected - Cate & Nate While we don't know this show or this pairing very well yet, it's pretty obvious that 70% of this new CW show is based on the romantic tension between these two. And if you didn't already get that from them being reunited years after hooking up in high school by their 16-year-old daughter or their names rhyming, the show writers did a good job of rubbing it in with their "accidental" hook-up in the Pilot. While it's obvious and cheesy, I trust this WB-like newbie to be able to play out the love triangle between the two of them and Cate's fiance well enough to get and keep us all majorly hooked! The only problem here is the impossibility of a good couple hybrid name... Mercy - Veronica & Chris While this show is under the radar and I have to admit it's not one I keep up-to-date on, I somehow find though I don't love the show, I can't stop watching it because I keep getting drawn back in by the Veronica-Chris steamy war romance! I know romance while off at war has been done before, but there's something enticing about getting to see the after-effects of the wartime romance which are usually ignored in movies, or don't happen because someone died. This time, we get to see what happens when they go home from the war, try to go back to real life including other significant others after a crazy hot romance away from home in an intense situation. What are you favorite freshman show romances?
Modern Family is going a Valentine's Day episode on February 10 and ABC has released five sneak peeks for us to share with you, which you can view below. VALENTINE'S DAY GETS CELEBRATED IN UNCONVENTIONAL WAYS, ON ABC'S "MODERN FAMILY". To Read More Click Here .
Wednesday night has gotten full of great TV, so check out all that's new tonight so you don't miss a second of the laughs or drama! 8/7c American Idol on Fox Mercy on NBC 8:30/7:30c The Middle on ABC 9/8c Modern Family on ABC Human Target on Fox Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC 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 The Jay Leno Show on NBC CSI: NY on CBS Psych on USA Network Nip/Tuck on FX 11/10c The Daily Show on Comedy Central 11:30/10:30c The Colbert Report on Comedy Central What will you be watching?
* Modern Family (9/8c ABC) This sitcom must have Hollywood on speed dial. Still only in its first season, the show has compiled an impressive list of guest stars, including Edward Norton, Shelley Long and Benjamin Bratt, and now you can add Minnie Driver, whose character's cosmopolitan lifestyle sparks feelings of inadequacy in her old friend Claire. Meanwhile, Manny tries to get Mitchell to steer clear of giving Gloria legal advice, and Jay has a racquetball outing with Cameron he won't soon forget. * American Idol (9/8c Fox) This season's system of rotating guest judges has added some hot-hot-heat to the star search. The claws came out last Tuesday when catty clashing flared up between Kara and stand-in arbiter Katy Perry, and tension spiked last Wednesday between Simon and guest judge Neil Patrick Harris. But this musical chairs of judges - and the drama that comes with it - ends tonight, as the Hollywood Rounds begin next week and permanent judge Ellen DeGeneres joins the panel. Before that, we have one last look at the colorful open tryouts with a "Road to Hollywood" installment, featuring appearances from all the celeb appraisers of Season 9. * Mercy (8/7c NBC) James Van Der Beek, best known from Dawson's Creek, dons the Mercy Hospital scrubs and joins the medical drama in a recurring role beginning tonight. He plays brash, self-important Dr. Joe Briggs, the newly minted head of the ICU - and his arrival jars the hospital staffers. It's a bitter pill to swallow for Veronica, who resists his arrogant swagger and promptly clashes with him. Veronica's other frosty relationship is with Dr. Sands, but they put profession first and join forces to treat a boy. * Super Bowl's Greatest Commericials (8/7c CBS) The Super Bowl commercials have become almost as anticipated as the main event, and for good reason. With those spots being among the most expensive seconds in TV and a large audience of consumers watching, advertisers bring out their A-game and they rarely disappoint, as this annual show has proved. Jim Nantz and Lara Spencer look at 10 of the best commercials to air during past Super Bowls, with viewers choosing the top spot. The program also includes a preview of the 2010 commercials. * This Is My Africa (8/7c HBO2) This summer, the world will descend on South Africa for soccer's World Cup, though it's safe to say many folks won't know much about that country in particular or the continent in general. So perhaps this film, directed by Nigerian-born Zina Saro-Wiwa, could serve as a useful primer. In it, London-based Africans and Africa-philes, including actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Colin Firth, artist Yinka Shonibare and filmmaker John Akomfrah, comment on the continent's history, culture, arts, cuisine and politics. Source Here
Since ABC has already renewed Modern Family for a second season, Ty Burrell has been pondering an unfamiliar question: How will he spend his hiatus? For the first time ever know what I'm going to be doing in the fall of next year, said the 42-year-old actor whose previous two series - Back to You and Out of Practice had far shorter runs than anyone expected. Modern Family is a very different story. The mockumentary-style show revolving around three families that are interrelated has been a breakout hit for ABC. It's provided Burell with a gem of a role in Phil Dunphy, a father of three who can be awfully goofy but whose heart in the right place. To Read More Click Here .
The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow has become the first woman ever to win for a feature film at the Directors Guild Awards. "This is the most incredible moment of my life," Bigelow said at Saturday night's ceremony, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She is now considered a front-runner for the best director Oscar. Only six times has the directors' guild winner not also taken home the Academy Award. She was the only seventh female director ever nominated for the DGA award. On the small screen, Leslie Linka Glatter won best directing in a TV drama series for Mad Men, and Modern Family won in the comedy category for pilot director Jason Winer. Taking Chance director Ross Katz snagged best directing for a TV movie and another HBO project, We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, won best musical variety for helmer Don Mischer. On a bittersweet note, Christopher Goutman received the daytime serial directing award for his work on the now canceled As the World Turns. Build It Bigger Season 3: Hong Kong Bridge director Craig Borders won in the reality TV category, and Allison Liddi-Brown was honored for children's programming for the Disney Channel TV movie Princess Protection Program. Other film winners include The Cove director Louie Psihoyos for best documentary, and Norman Jewison (In the Heat of the Night) received the 2010 lifetime achievement award. Source Here
Like almost every other show on television, Modern Family is airing a Valentine's Day episode on February 10. ABC has released promo photos and a synopsis for the episode, which you can view below. You can also check out promo photos and sneak peeks we posted for the February 3 episode (which will have a guest appearance by Minnie Driver). VALENTINE'S DAY GETS CELEBRATED IN UNCONVENTIONAL WAYS, ON ABC'S "MODERN FAMILY" To Read More Click Here .