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October 18, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angles Times Television Critic
Although it may seem a classic case of grasping at straws, the one positive thing that can be said about this fall season is that it has been equally tough on both genders. While female characters revisited the Madonna/whore trope, cramming themselves into girdles ("Pan Am," "The Playboy Club") and dialogue seemingly lifted from a Judd Apatow-inspired video game ("Whitney," "2 Broke Girls"), male characters revealed their inner morons, getting lost looking for the cheese aisle ("Up All Night")
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April 24, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"American Idol" rose in the ratings Wednesday according to early numbers from Nielsen, orchestrating a weeknight win for Fox.  The veteran singing contest, Fox's only program for the night, earned a 2.1 average rating among key 18-to-49-year-old viewers, up 11% from a week ago.  The second-place network among young adults, ABC, was the one with the highest-rated show in the key demo: "Modern Family. " The sitcom scored a 3.4 in 18-to-49, up slightly from its most recent episode, while "The Middle" and "Suburgatory" each fell a bit. The new comedy "Mixology" rose 25% to a 1.5.  CBS' "Survivor" was the night's most-watched show, with 9.3 million viewers overall and a 2.2 in 18-to-49, down 4%.  NBC showed only reruns.  ALSO: William Hurt pulls out of 'Midnight Rider' 'Last Comic Standing' editors return to work FX Network brews up sponsorship deal with MillerCoors ryan.faughnder@latimes.com Twitter: @rfaughnder MORE ON LOCATION: People and places behind what's onscreen PHOTOS: Biggest box office flops of 2013 PHOTOS: Celebrity production companies  
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June 8, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
With so many great comedies premiering this season, we'd like to think Emmy voters will make way for the new kids on the block and shake up the comedy categories. But then, we'd also like to think that tonight's going to be the night our kids finally hang up their wet towels. Reality has a way of eroding expectations and, if history holds, past results do guarantee future performance. Here's how we see this year's comedy races shaking out, in order of likelihood of a nomination. COMEDY SERIES 1. "Modern Family"(ABC)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 20 - 26, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Which witch is which? That's the tricky part in the "Salem" of 1692 in this new supernatural drama. With Xander Berkeley and Shane West. 7 p.m. WGN America Please, Mr. Postman: "Ugly Betty's" Eric Mabius stars in "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," a new drama from the creator of "Touched By an Angel.
HOME & GARDEN
September 18, 2010 | By David A. Keeps, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Following the comic foibles of three related Los Angeles households, "Modern Family" required a trio of home environments that represented distinct styles and incomes but still reflected the American family home. "There are three multigenerational, multicultural families," production designer Richard Berg says, referring to sets of relatives that include a retired white patriarch with a much younger Latina wife and a gay couple with an adopted daughter from China. "You need to be able to tell whose house you are in at a glance.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A reality TV stalwart and Phil Dunphy et al. led Wednesday night in the ratings, according to early numbers from Nielsen.   CBS' unscripted veteran "Survivor," now in its 28th cycle, was the most-watched show of the night, drawing 9.8 million viewers overall. As CBS' only original in prime time, "Survivor" pulled in a rating of 2.3 among key 18- to 49-year-old viewers, down 8% from last week.  ABC's "Modern Family" returned as the highest-rated show in the key 18-49 demographic, in which a ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2011
QUICK TAKES ABC's "Modern Family" may not be the top-rated comedy on television, but it's the one most viewers catch up with on their digital video recorders. Through the first two weeks of the season, the Nielsen Co. said an average of 4.5 million viewers watched a recording of "Modern Family" after it first appeared on the air. That lifted the show's viewership from nearly 14 million people who watched it live to 18.5 million. It was the prime-time program that got the biggest lift when Nielsen's measurement of who watches on DVR within seven days is added in. Networks are increasingly watching this new ratings measurement as DVR penetration increases.
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September 22, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
For the fourth consecutive year, ABC's hit "Modern Family" has won the Emmy for comedy series.  Structured as a mockumentary, the sitcom follows three generations of a diverse and affluent Southern California family, played by an ensemble cast that includes Sofia Vergara, Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet. Created by TV veterans Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, "Modern Family" returns to ABC for a fifth season on Wednesday. EMMYS 2013: Full coverage  |    Comedy round table The series has been a perennial favorite at the Emmys since its debut in 2009, earning a total of 45 nominations to date.
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September 26, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
With another comedy series Emmy in hand, "Modern Family" returned for a fifth season Wednesday as the night's highest-rated show, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  The season premiere of the ensemble comedy following the lives of a Southern California extended family drew 11.4 million viewers and a rating of 4.1 in the advertiser-desired 18-49 demographic, for which a ratings point equates to about 1.3 million people.  Still, the...
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August 19, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Leading up to the Emmys next month, we gathered The Envelope's Buzzmeter panelists - USA Today's Robert Bianco, TV Guide's Matt Roush, The A.V. Club's Todd VanDerWerff, the Los Angeles Times' Mary McNamara and Glenn Whipp and, when the focus is on predictions, Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil - for some spirited conversation about this year's nominations. In this first installment of three (check back each Monday), the Buzzmeter gang debates "Modern Family's" place among past Emmy powerhouses and rates this year's slate of nominees.
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March 27, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A reality TV stalwart and Phil Dunphy et al. led Wednesday night in the ratings, according to early numbers from Nielsen.   CBS' unscripted veteran "Survivor," now in its 28th cycle, was the most-watched show of the night, drawing 9.8 million viewers overall. As CBS' only original in prime time, "Survivor" pulled in a rating of 2.3 among key 18- to 49-year-old viewers, down 8% from last week.  ABC's "Modern Family" returned as the highest-rated show in the key 18-49 demographic, in which a ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers.
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February 28, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 2-8, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SUNDAY See famous folks in all their finery in "On the Red Carpet at the Oscars," "TVGN Live at the Oscars," "Live From The Red Carpet: The 2014 Academy Awards," "Live From the Oscars" and "Oscars Red Carpet Live!" 2 p.m. ABC; 2 p.m. TVGN; 2:30 p.m. E!; 3 p.m. KTLA; 4 p.m. ABC. Then, Ellen DeGeneres returns as hostess with the mostest at "The Oscars" where "Gravity" and "American Hustle" lead the field with 10 nominations each.
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February 11, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
"Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke has been named AskMen's most desirable woman of 2014, leading a bevy of television actresses in the men's site's annual list of 99 covetable females. The 26-year-old English actress plays the formidable Mother of Dragons Danaerys Targaryen in the HBO fantasy series and bares quite a few of her assets in the lavish drama. But that isn't supposed to be the only reason she clinched the No. 1 position. More than 1 million people voted in the AskMen tabulation, which asked readers to vote for women who "most closely match their ideals" and vote "on more than just sex appeal.
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January 30, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Fox dominated Wednesday night's TV ratings with "American Idol," which drew an average of 12.4 million viewers and a rating of 3.8 among the key 18-49 age group, according to early numbers from Nielsen. With the advertiser-coveted young-adult viewers, the veteran singing contest was down just 5% from last week's episode and was easily the highest-rated show of the night. Fox's average 18-49 number of 3.8 more than doubled the closest competing broadcaster. That's partly due to the lack of original episodes of some of the usually high-rated shows, including ABC's "Modern Family" and CBS' "Criminal Minds" and "CSI.
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January 30, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
The LGBT advocacy organization GLAAD announced the nominees for its 25th Media Awards on Thursday, with television series such as "Orange Is the New Black," "The Fosters," "Modern Family" and "Orphan Black" earning recognition.  For outstanding drama series, the nominees are "The Fosters" (ABC Family), "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC), "Orphan Black" (BBC America), "Pretty Little Liars" (ABC Family) and "Shameless" (Showtime).  On the comedy side, GLAAD has nominated "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox)
HOME & GARDEN
January 25, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Paul Lieberstein was ready for a change. In 2000, he purchased a two-bedroom, one-bath Crestwood Hills home that was clinging to a hillside and sold as a tear-down. But a decade later, he and his wife, Janine Poreba, were expecting their first child, and he knew it was time to expand. "We brought in some floors and painted, but it was hardly enough," he said. The process began after architect Peter Grueneisen moved in next door. "He was not initially interested, as he was too busy," said Lieberstein, an actor, writer and producer known for his role as Toby on "The Office.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Jesse Tyler Ferguson took the first step toward a "Modern Family" of his own Saturday night in New York, marrying lawyer Justin Mikita. "Top of the world. Top of the cake!" Ferguson, 37, tweeted Monday morning, including a photo of what we assume was his adorably customized cake topper.  Playwright-screenwriter Tony Kushner, the man behind "Angels in America" and "Lincoln," officiated, Ferguson's rep told People in confirming the wedding. The two got engaged in September after dating for about two years.
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January 2, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Ariel Winter has reflected on 2013 with quite a bit of nostalgia. The 15-year-old "Modern Family" actress shared several holiday posts thanking her friends and family for their support during her "wonderful" year . Ariel, full name Ariel Winter Workman, spent quite a bit of 2012 embroiled in courtroom drama with her mother, Chrisoula Workman, who allegedly abused her physically and emotionally. A custody deal in December 2012 determined that Winter would continue to live with her adult sister Shanelle Gray and temporarily put Glenn Workman, her father, in charge of her finances, L.A. Now reported . Chrisoula Workman was stripped of custody in October 2012.
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January 19, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
 "American Hustle" won just a single trophy at the Screen Actors Guild Awards - the really important one. The cast of David O. Russell's con-man tale took home SAG's cast award Saturday night, nudging "American Hustle" ahead of Oscar season's months-long front-runner, "12 Years a Slave," in what is proving to be a tight race. After collecting 10 Oscar nominations Thursday, "American Hustle" also beat out the casts of "August: Osage County," "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler" for the SAG Award.
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January 19, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt, Amy Kaufman and Yvonne Villarreal
Backstage at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night, winners met media with comments and body language that expressed wine-fueled giddiness, exhausted delight, sheer surprise -- or all three at once. After winning the SAG Award for ensemble in a TV comedy series, the cast of "Modern Family" walked backstage, arms weighted down with the heavy statuettes. Though many of the actors looked tired, they said such honors never get old. “Ed was the only one who thought we were going to win today,” said Julie Bowen, referring to costar Ed O'Neill.
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