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TV ratings: 'SYTYCD' leads, Stanley Cup strong for NBC Wednesday

The Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win pulled in the best ratings for televised hockey in a long time on Wednesday, but at least for now FOX and "So You Think You Can Dance" are the night's leaders. FOX drew just over 8 million viewers and a 4.9 rating/8 share in households in primetime. NBC, which aired the Stanley Cup game, was close behind at 7.6 million and 4.4/8, numbers that will change some when the live broadcast is accounted for. CBS (7 million, 4.7/8) came in third. ABC (3.9 million, 2.6/5) finished fourth, and The CW trailed at 1.2 million viewers and a 0.8/1. The story was pretty much the same in the adults 18-49 demographic, with FOX's 3.0 rating edging NBC's 2.9. CBS took third with a 1.7, followed by ABC, 1.2, and The CW, 0.5. To Read More Click Here .

Ed O'Neill Discusses 'Modern Family's' Future

Ed O'Neill has a pretty light schedule these days. He has a movie coming out on June 4, the documentary 'Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean,' which he narrates. Otherwise, he can relax until July 8, when 'Modern Family' will likely receive a slew of Emmy nominations (the Academy has enlisted his TV wife, Sofia Vergara, and 'Community's' Joel McHale to read the nomination announcements), and then, until the end of July, when the cast meets to begin filming the hit ABC comedy's second season. O'Neill called TV Squad from his home in Los Angeles to talk about 'Modern Family's' Emmy odds, what to expect from season 2, the mysterious origins of the romance between his character and Vergara's and the show's long-term future. He also updated us on the whereabouts of his old castmates from 'Married... With Children.' To Read More Click Here .

Fred Willard Will Return to Modern Family

Fans of ever-smiling comedy icon Fred Willard will be pleased to learn that Phil Dunphy's father Frank will be pulling his RV back into Modern Family next season thanks to a casting match made in heaven (with a little help from series star Ty Burrell). "They said that I should be back, because they asked me for my photo to put in the hallway there on the set - that I'm part of the family now!" Willard tells TV Guide Magazine. The actor, who rose to prominence on the 70s series Fernwood Tonight and director Christopher Guest's improved film oeuvre, credits Burrell for bringing him into the Dunphy clan. "I worked with Ty on Back to You with Kelsey Grammer and I'd never seen him before - and I loved him!" said Willard. "He made me laugh so much. He was the on-the-spot reporter, and I got to be quite friendly with him. He's an awfully nice guy, and I think he was pretty instrumental in having me on the show. He kept talking to [co-creator] Steve Levitan, saying 'We've got to get Fred on!' So we had a lot of fun, and we have the same sense of humor. And he's just a nice guy!" Burrell tells TV Guide Magazine that he feels Willard's trademark comic persona was essentially the template for the relentlessly upbeat, well-intentioned and un-self-aware Phil, and was the only choice to play his papa. To Read More Click Here .

'Modern Family,' 'The Pacific,' 'Glee': One critic's TCA Awards picks

The first round of balloting for the 2010 Television Critics Association Awards ended Wednesday (June 2). The group's members -- myself included -- picked nominees for best comedy and drama, best new show, individual comedy and drama awards and more. Below are my picks, and why I chose what I chose. We were only allowed to make two choices in each category, although there will be five nominees when all the ballots are counted. So I've also included a couple other choices for each category that I either hope or expect to be nominated. Program of the year: "The Pacific" and "Modern Family" "The Pacific" was just a magnificent achievement all around -- viscerally thrilling and unexpectedly moving in telling the story of the Pacific theater of World War II. And in a year that brought forth a mini-renaissance in network comedy, "Modern Family" was excellent from the start and stayed that way. Others: "Glee" should be in the mix too -- critics loved it almost as much as the most ardent Gleeks -- and I'd expect the final season of "Lost" to go in as well. Outstanding drama series: "Lost" and "Mad Men" It was at times maddening (did we really need "Across the Sea" just two weeks before the finale?), but the final season of "Lost" was, for me, ultimately really satisfying. And the third season of "Mad Men" was, as usual, brilliant -- though I'd be mildly surprised if it wins again. Others: "Breaking Bad" and "Sons of Anarchy" have numerous fans in the critical community, and so does "The Good Wife." But there's a ton of good drama on TV right now, and this field is wide open. Outstanding comedy series: "Modern Family" and "Parks and Recreation" "Parks and Rec" made a huge leap forward in its second season and is currently one of the two or three funniest shows on TV. "Modern Family" is another. Others: In an excellent year for comedy, usual suspects "30 Rock" and "The Office" could be shut out for the first time in a while. Likely contenders are "Glee," "The Big Bang Theory," "Community" and either one of Showtime's pair of "United States of Tara" and "Nurse Jackie" to round out the field. Individual achievement in drama: January Jones ("Mad Men") and Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy") The 2009-10 season featured a host of great female performances, but the work of these two actresses has stuck with me for months now. Others: Julianna Margulies is a likely nominee for "The Good Wife." Terry O'Quinn and/or Michael Emerson could get nods for "Lost," and past winner Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" could be challenged by his co-star Aaron Paul. Individual achievement in comedy: Jane Lynch ("Glee") and Danny Pudi ("Community") They're two of the breakout stars of this season -- and they both managed to humanize characters who could have easily become one-note joke delivery systems. Others: In a perfect world, this field would also include Rico Rodriguez of "Modern Family," the funniest kid in primetime right now, and any of the dudes from "Cougar Town." But Rico's "Modern Family" cousin-by-marriage Ty Burrell is probably a safer bet, along with last year's winner, Jim Parsons. Outstanding new series: "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" Simply: They're the two new shows I most looked forward to watching each week. Others: "Glee" is a no-brainer here, along with "The Good Wife." I'm probably in the minority on "Cougar Town," in which case I'd like to see FX's "Justified" and HBO's "Treme" get spots. More @ Zap2it

Kobe Bryant to appear on Modern Family

The much-watched American comedy TV series, ‘Modern Family’ has been conferring the viewers with huge enjoyment filling their quota of entertainment to the maximum. The latest interesting element for the large number of viewers of the show is Kobe Bryant’s guest appearance on this Wednesday’s episode. After hearing this, all eyes would certainly be waiting for the telecast of the show. Well, it has been reported that Kobe Bryant would be appearing in a cameo on this Wednesday’s episode of the ‘Modern Family’. This is the big news for the viewers for sure, who will fix their eyes on their television sets at the time of the show. When asked the channel’s authorities about Kobe’s role in the episode, they did not reveal the details. But when Kobe was asked, he briefly told that the producers asked me to be yourself, so I would be Kobe - the smart guy. Source Here

TV Ratings: 'Good Guys' starts soft; FOX wins Wednesday anyway

"American Idol" determined its final two, slipping a bit from the previous week, but still giving FOX the edge over CBS on Wednesday night. FOX's sneak preview of "The Good Guys," however, had soft numbers, drawing in only 4.98 million viewers, which means it only beat out The CW during its time period. FOX averaged 11.7 million viewers and a 7.0 rating/12 share in households for the evening. CBS finished second with 10.5 million viewers and a 6.7/11. ABC was third with 6.6 million and a 4.2/7, then NBC (6.1 million, 4.0/7) and The CW 91.4 million, 0.9/2). In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX earned a 3.7 rating, well ahead of CBS, 2.6, ABC, 2.5, NBC, 1.8, and The CW, 0.6. To Read More Click Here .

TV Tonight: What's On Wednesday 5/19

Tonight, the final 2 American Idol hopefuls are revealed as either Lee, Crystal, or Casey is sent packing (my bet is on the last one!). Also, we say goodbye to Modern Family and Cougar Town (and more!) for the time-being, but don't fret -- The Good Guys premieres at 8/7c and is sure to give you a healthy dose of fresh summer TV! See what else is new tonight: 8/7c The Good Guys on Fox -- series premiere! Minute to Win It on NBC America's Next Top Model on The CW -- clip show 8:30/7:30c The Middle -- season finale! 9/8c American Idol on Fox Modern Family on ABC -- season finale! Criminal Minds on CBS 9:30/8:30c Cougar Town on ABC -- season finale! 10/9c Law & Order: Special Victims Unit -- season finale! CSI: NY on CBS In Plain Sight on USA Network Top Chef Masters on Bravo Don't forget to check out the SideReel editorial team's individual columns and Twitter accounts over at our new Reel Critics page to see what we have to say about tonight's TV! What will you be watching?

Ty Burrell: Modern Family Finale "Hits All the Right Spots"

If playing Phil Dunphy is like being on vacation, then Ty Burrell doesn't want to leave. "It's nice to be on vacation, right?" the Modern Family star tells "But that's what being Phil is - a vacation from my mind." It was a holiday Burrell didn't know he needed until the part of the dopey, well-intentioned suburban dad came his way. The role was written with Burrell in mind by series creators Steve Levitan and Chris Lloyd, who previously worked with Burrell on the short-lived Back to You. "First, I was like, 'Cool! This is for me?' Then it was like, 'Wait, what are you trying to say?'" he says, laughing. "But I realized I was getting a break from myself. My brain is full of neuroses and I think about everything, but Phil's brain is the complete opposite. It's like a golden meadow - just peaceful, simple and happy. ... It's so fun and refreshing to play him. He's like a child exploring the world for the first time." To Read More Click Here .

Get Ready For This Week's Season Finales, Including Gossip Girl, The Office, & LOST!

If you thought last week's Vampire Diaries and Supernatural finales were too much to handle, get ready for a whole slew of season-enders in store for this week that are sure to surprise! From dramas like House and Gossip Girl to must-watch comedies like Modern Family and The Office , this week is a busy one when it comes to our TV favorites. Oh! And don't forget about Sunday's evening-long series closer of Lost ! The SideReel gang can't decide if we're more excited or sad about all these finales! The real tragedy, however, would be missing one of them, so make sure you've planned ahead for this week's final episodes: Monday, May 17th 8/7c: One Tree Hill on The CW 8/7c: House on Fox 9/8c: Gossip Girl on The CW 10/9c: Castle on ABC Tuesday, May 18th 8/7c: 90210 on The CW 10/9c: V (Reimagined Series) on ABC Wednesday, May 19th 8:30/7:30c: The Middle on ABC 9/8c: Modern Family on ABC 9:30/8:30c: Cougar Town on ABC 10/9c: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC Thursday, May 20th 8/7c: Bones on Fox 8/7c: Community on NBC 8:30/7:30c: Parks and Recreation on NBC 9/8c: Grey's Anatomy on ABC 9/8c: The Office on NBC 9/8c: Fringe on Fox 9:30/8:30c: 30 Rock on NBC Sunday, May 23rd 9/8c: Lost on ABC (with special recap episode at 7/6c) 9/8c: Family Guy on Fox Don't forget to check out our master finale calendar here to plan ahead for all the season finales to come, & find out which ones you may have missed already!

TV ratings: 'Idol' final three carries Wednesday

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 12, 2010 " American Idol " narrowed its field to the final three on Wednesday, and that was enough for Fox to hold off CBS and win the night's ratings race. FOX averaged 12.1 million viewers and a 7.2 rating/12 share in households for the evening. CBS finished second with 10.4 million viewers and a 6.6/11. NBC (6.45 million, 4.1/7) was third, followed by ABC (6 million, 3.8/6), which saw its comedies improve but "Happy Town" continue to fall. The CW scored 3.75 million viewers and a 2.4/4. In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX's 3.9 rating led the pack by a decent margin. CBS came in second at 2.6, with ABC at 2.2 and NBC at 2.0. The CW drew a 1.7. To Read More Click Here .