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TV shows Modern Family, Top Of The Lake and Lilyhammer were among the winners at the 54th Golden Nymph Awards at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival on Wednesday (11Jun14). Detective series Top Of The Lake was the night's big winner, scooping the trophy for Best Miniseries while its stars Elisabeth Moss and Peter Mullan took home the gongs for Best Actress in a Miniseries and Best Actor in a Miniseries respectively.
Mockumentary comedy Modern Family scooped the International TV Audience Award for comedy, while the show's star Julie Bowen won the prize for Best Actress in a comedy series. The award for Best International Comedy Series went to Norway's Lilyhammer, and actor Steven Van Zandt received the Best Actor in a comedy series prize for his role in the show.
American show The Bold & The Beautiful won the International TV Audience Award for a telenovela/soap. Also honoured were British series Episodes, which took the Best European comedy prize, Hostages, which scooped the Best International Drama Trophy, and crime drama NCIS which won the International TV Audience Award for drama.
We all know that the nuclear family is, for the most part, totally outdated. Sure, some families still consist of a mom, a dad, two kids, a dog, and a white picket fence, blah, blah, blah. If you exclusively watch Nick at Nite, you might think those are the only types of families represented on TV, but you’d be wrong. Television series featuring atypical families have become much more popular — Parenthood and The Fosters for example — and we’re pumped because a white picket fence can only be so interesting. In fact, some of our favorite families on TV are a little less than normal, and they’re more hilarious because of it.
Two ex-wives, a handful of kids, and a new wife that’s closer in age to the kids than her husband — yeah, that’s a bit unusual. The Harrisons are a loving bunch who might have their differences sometimes, but that’s to be expected from a housewife, a surgeon, a lawyer, and a hippie (which sounds like the intro to a bad joke.)
Although not technically a family, Jess, Nick, Winston, Schmidt, and now Coach are close enough that they represent a different kind of family: the friend-family. They’re those people who know you better than your cousins or your grandparents; they’re just as important as blood relatives.
The Pritchetts, the Dunphys, and the Delgado-Pritchetts can be credited with making the atypical family a hilarious TV trend. What’s not to love about this bunch? They’re a little off the wall, but they represent a realistic extended family situation. Plus Modern Family is one of the best comedies on TV right now, so they must be doing something right.
Christmas may still be a month off, but when has that ever stopped the Hallmark Channel from rolling out its holiday themed movies a tad bit early? Quick answer: never! Which is why a snowy-white TV-flick starring none-other than Henry Winkler is just one of the great programs on our list this week. Here's what else you need to be watching.
Modern FamilyWhy Modern Family? Because it's still the most consistently funnyshow on network TV. And we all know how the Big Four's crop of brand spankin' new sitcoms have been faring lately. Just turns on The Crazy Ones for five minutes. A vomit bag may be required. A new episode of Modern Family airs Wednesday at 9PM ET on ABC.
JFK: Three Shots That Changed AmericaWant more JFK anniversary coverage? How could you not? Then you'll want to check out the History Channel's engrossing two-part documentary airing this Friday. Not only does it include rare and unseen footage of the Kennedy assassination, but it also repudiates claims that there was a conspiracy or government cover-up. Hope you're listening, Oliver Stone! JFK: Three Shots That Changed America will air this Friday on the History Channel. Check your local listings for times.
The Most Wonderful Time of the YearThanksgiving hasn't even arrived yet, but Christmas season is already in full swing on the Hallmark Channel. In this heartwarming gem from 2008, Henry Winkler goes to great lengths to teach his curmudgeonly sister (Brooke Burns) about the true meaning of the holiday. That's right, folks, he's leaving the Fonz jacket at home! The Most Wonderful Time of the Year airs this Wednesday at 8PM ET on the Hallmark Channel.
The SimpsonsYep, America's favorite animated family (sorry Griffins) are back at it for a record-braking 25th season. Who's still watching, you ask? Well, enough people for Matt Groening and company to score a cool $750 million after signing an immensely lucrative syndication deal with FXX last week. And with over episodes and counting, those chinless Springfieldians show no signs of slowing down. Another new episode of The Simpsons airs this Sunday at 8PM ET on Fox.
ChoppedFor 17 seasons and counting, Chopped has been pitting chefs against one another and seeing what they come up with. This week the cooks are asked to combine exotic dishes like kimchi and gefilte fish, as well as a dessert round featuring marshmallow cake and citrus water. Mmm...anyone else feeling hungry right about now? A new episode of Chopped airs this Tuesday at 7 PM ET on the Food Network.
The Little Rascals is a title that most people under 30 associate most strongly with the 1994 Universal Pictures comedy, which centered on the story of two eight-year-old best friends approaching maturity at disparate rates, and the ragtag team of pals who helped see them through the adventure (which involved a good deal of go-cart racing, trench coat costumes, and celebrity cameos). But The Little Rascals has known many voices over the run of the 20th Century, taking form originally as a series of silent Our Gang shorts by filmmaker Hal Roach, a more controversial set of entries to follow (accused of racism, whereas Roach's episodes are generally revered as some of the earliest expressions of racial equity onscreen), and the property's foray into sound, eventually finding a home in MGM and as an animated cartoon series in the '80s.
Almost 20 years after the feature film, the most recent incarnation of the Our Gang gang, Universal Studios Home Entertainment confirms to Hollywood.com that a new Rascals movie is underway; not to be shafted with outdated connotations, the developing straight-to-DVD film has a particularly timely twist: the inclusion of a Toddlers & Tiaras star on its cast list.
Eden Wood, the 7-year-old child pageant queen who earned her spotlight on TLC's polarizing reality series and of her own spinoff Eden's World, will play Darla, the lead female character from the '84 Rascals flick. Her story in said movie involved a romance with alleged He-Man Woman Hater Alfalfa, which nearly destroyed the latter's friendship with lifelong pal Spanky (whose misogyny was still going strong). Neither of the two male leads have been cast in the new movie.
The new film has brought on a ray of adults including Doris Roberts (as a matronly baker), Greg Germann (a scheming businessman), and Lex Medlin (a lovestruck policeman), but has not announced what other child stars will join the Toddlers & Tiaras vet onscreen. The realms of reality and narrative television have an ample sum of child stars to make up the cast. While the likes of Nolan Gould (Modern Family) and Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead might be a bit too old for roles like Spanky, Alfalfa, and the like, perhaps Gould's onscreen cousin Aubrey Anderson-Emmons could work as one of the younger gang members. Then there are the various youngsters of Boardwalk Empire fame, and any of the four Bobby Drapers (Maxwell Huckabee, Aaron Hart, Jared Gilmore, and Mason Vale Cotton). And, of course, Honey Boo Boo.
Who are your Rascal picks?
The film is being directed by Alex Zamm and co-written by Zamm and Billy Robertson.
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If you have ever tuned into an episode of Modern Family, then you have probably caught some scenes featuring one of the cutest young stars on TV. Meet Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, the 5-year-old little girl who plays Lily — Cameron and Mitchell's adorable, adopted daughter. While she's undeniably a precious young star on-screen, she also has some hidden talents off-screen that she recently decided to share with the world (or whoever was holding the camera). In a video taken during a car ride, little Lily belts out the words to Adele's hit song "Someone Like You" — and well, she's quite good.
But while this is the first glimpse at Aubrey's quite-credible (for a young child that is) singing ability, we still can't help but take a look at some of her cutest moments on Modern Family. Here are the five best of all time:
Lily on a Leash
This is the only way Cam and Mitchell can ensure that their daughter is safe in the hazardous terrain of Disneyland. It does earn them some looks, however.
The Tackiest Flower Girl Dress Ever
When Lily is asked to be a flower girl at a friend's wedding, she isn't exactly given the most stylish apparel... but she still makes it adorable.
Lily Misses Her Best Friend
As most children do, Lily grows very attached to her favorite stuffed animal... one that eventually goes missing. To make matters worse, for guilty fathers Cam and Mitch, she sees right through their ploy of making her believe that her favorite bunny has gone off on a magical adventure. She's a crafty one.
Somebody Get the Swear Jar
Somehow, Modern Family's toddler even makes cursing like a sailor cute.
A Touching Grandfather-Granddaughter Moment
When Lily endures her first bout of stage fright before a ballet recital, she manages to get through the rough exterior of her hyper-manly granddad. Even he can't resist her charms, and the result: the duo performs a heartwarming dance onstage.
Lily on Modern Family
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The Mad Men season five premiere revealed that Don Draper has gone through a lot of changes in the previous year. He's married Megan, traded in his suburban home for a mod 60s apartment, and acquired yet another Bobby. The episode featured actor Mason Vale Cotton as Don's son, making him the fourth actor to play the role. Maxwell Huxabee and Aaron Hart played Bobby in season one, then Jared S. Gilmore managed to remain on the show for two whole seasons. However, during Mad Men's long hiatus, Gilmore left to take a role in the series Once Upon a Time, bringing back the Drapers' middle child mayhem.
Outside of soap operas, Bobby Draper may be the most re-cast TV role in history, but the practice actually dates back to the Mad Men era. The most infamous re-cast is that of Darrin Stephens in Bewitched. The role was originated by Dick York, but when a back injury forced him out of the show, Darrin magically reappeared as Dick Sargent. Some complained the show was never the same, just as when The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air swapped Janet Hubert-Whitten for Daphne Maxwell Reid as Aunt Viv. While the character was originally an outspoken career woman, she was reincarnated as an easygoing stay-at-home mom and started making fewer appearances on the show. Most recently, the twins Jaden and Ella Hiller, who played Lily in the first two seasons of Modern Family,were pulled from the show because they didn't enjoy acting. Four-year-old Aubrey Anderson-Emmons took over the role.
Often, shows play re-casts for laughs. Sarah Chalke replaced Lecy Goranson as Becky Connor on Roseanne, but Goranson returned to the role occasionally. Asking Becky "Where the hell have you been?" became a running gag, and both actresses made an appearance in the show's finale. That '70s Show followed suit after Lisa Robin Kelly left the role of Eric's sister Laurie and was replaced by Christina Moore. Eventually the character was phased out entirely and characters started giving excuses for why she never appeared on screen. Having two Martas and two Anns in Arrested Development actually made sense thanks to the show's use of meta comedy. Marta starred in Spanish language soaps, in which actors are frequently re-cast, and Ann's replacement underscored how forgettable she was.
Frequent re-casting definitely isn't the worst fate to befall a TV character. In fact, Bobby Draper should consider himself lucky, since so far he's avoided another danger for TV kids. After being re-cast, Richie's older brother Chuck on Happy Days was sent off to college and never spoken of again. If Bobby doesn't watch, it Sally might literally make her little brother disappear.
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The film and television nominations for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have been released, recognizing achievements in both individual performances and the strengths of ensemble casts. This year's television award nominations are listed below, including many worthy recipients, but there are also a few surprising absences. Among the hard-hitters listed below are dramas like HBO's Mildred Pierce and Boardwalk Empire, AMC's Breaking Bad and comedies such as ABC's Modern Family (which swept the Emmys this year) and NBC's 30 Rock. However, some might be surprised not to find the new Showtime drama Homeland or NBC's secret weapon Parks and Recreation.
The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Jan. 29, 2012 on TNT and TBS.
Click here to read the list of this year's film nominees.
18th ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINATIONS: PRIMETIME TELEVISION
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne - Thurgood (HBO)
Paul Giamatti - Too Big to Fail (HBO)
Greg Kinnear - The Kennedy (Reelz Channel)
Guy Pearce - Mildred Pierce (HBO)
James Woods - Too Big to Fail (HBO
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Diane Lane - Cinema Verite (HBO)
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey (PBS)
Emily Watson - Appropriate Adult (Sundance Channel)
Betty White - Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine (CBS)
Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Patrick J. Adams - Suits (USA)
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Kyle Chandler - Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad (AMC)
Michael C. Hall - Dexter (Showtime)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates - Harry's Law (NBC)
Glenn Close - Damages (DirecTV)
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story (FX)
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife (CBS)
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer (TNT)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock (NBC)
Ty Burrell - Modern Family (ABC)
Steve Carell - The Office (NBC)
Jon Cryer - Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Julia Bowen - Modern Family (ABC)
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Tina Fey - 30 Rock (NBC)
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family (ABC)
Betty White - Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO) - Steve Buscemi, Dominic Chianese, Robert Clohessy, Dabney Coleman, Charlie Cox, Jose & Lucy Gallina, Stephen Graham, Jack Huston, Anthony Laciura, Heather Lind, Kelly Macdonald, Rory & Declan McTigue, Gretchen Mol, Brady & Connor Noon, Kevin O'Rourke, Aleksa Palladino, Jacqueline Pennewill, Vincent Piazza, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Paul Sparks, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Van Wagner, Shea Whigham, Michael Kenneth Williams, Anatol Yusef
Breaking Bad (AMC) - Jonathan Banks, Betsy Brandt, Ray Campbell, Bryan Cranston, Giancarlo Esposito, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Aaron Paul
Dexter (Showtime) - Billy Brown, Jennifer Carpenter, Josh Cooke, Aimee Garcia, Michael C. Hall, Colin Hanks, Desmond Harrington, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Rya Kihlstedt, C.S. Lee, Edward James Olmos, James Remar, Lauren Velez, Peter Weller, David Zayas
Game of Thrones (HBO) - Amrita Acharia, Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Josef Altin, Sean Bean, Susan Brown, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Ron Donachie, Michelle Farley, Jerome Flynn, Elyes Gabel, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson Iain Glen, Julian Glover, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Conleth Hill, Richard Madden, Jason Mamoa, Rory McCann, Ian McElhinney, Luke McEwan, Roxanne McKee, Dar Salim, Mark Stanley, Donald Sumpter, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams
The Good Wife (CBS) - Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Alan Cumming, Matt Czuchry, Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock (NBC) - Scott Adsit, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Kevin Brown, Grizz Chapman, Tina Fey, Judah Friedlander, Jane Krakowski, John Lutz, Jack McBrayer, Tracy Morgan, Maulik Pancholy, Keith Powell
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch
Glee (Fox) - Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Ashley Fink, Dot Marie Jones, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Mike O'Malley, Chord Overstreet, Lauren Potter, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Iqbal Theba, Jenna Ushkowitz
Modern Family (ABC) - Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Julia Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ed O'Neill, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, Ariel Winter
The Office (NBC) - Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, John Krasinski, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, James Spader, Phyllis Smith, Rainn Wilson, Zach Woods
At the end of Modern Family's Season 2 finale, Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) teased viewers with the mention of adopting another baby. Specifically, a boy. The decision came after Cam bonded with Manny throughout the episode, giving him advice about how to win over a girl. This season, the story is picking up as a seasonal arc for the couple as Cam and Mitchell will undergo the process of attempting to adopt a son.
Executive producers Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan affirmed that they will be dealing with the process in a very realistic way. It will be hard, oftentimes disheartening, and not necessarily successful in the end. However, it will definitely be filled with comedy (likely at the couple's expense). We are promised a "surprise ending" to the whole ordeal.
Last season, stories developed about Cameron being a "stay-at-home mom" who is excessively attached to his young daughter, whereas Mitchell was painted as a workaholic who didn't spend as much time with his family as he wanted to. Both of these stories are to be further explored this season, in accordance with the growing Lily (now played by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) and the potential new baby. You can even see hints of Cam's obsessive attendance to his daughter in this preview of the Season 3 premiere. Mitchell's constant quest to repair his relationship with his father will also be further explored this year, now with additional motivation on Mitchell's part in order to be able to be the perfect father for his son-to-be.
Modern Family's hour-long Season 3 premiere (where we'll get to see the Pritchetts, Dunphys, Delgados, Tuckers and... Dylan at a dude ranch) tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Now that Modern Family has enough Emmys to bump up the gold standard and restart the economy (do it, Phil...we all need iPads), they can get back to releasing new promos for their upcoming third season. The clip below features Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and the character we are bound to get to know a lot better this season, his and Mitchell's adopted daughter Lily, now played by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons. Where Lily the baby was comical enough, Lily the toddler will up the ante in her participation in Cam and Mitchell's (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) antics.
Below, we get a quick glimpse of what Cam and Lily will be dealing with this season. Cam has (against all odds) become a clingy, coddling parent, unable to let go of his daughter for even a second. This is where Modern Family's beauty comes in. It's a perfectly real, sincere situation that has its share of comedy and of sadness—although we can probably expect an extra dose of the former.
Modern Family returns to ABC this Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. ET.
Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order) will return to Modern Family this season as Manny's unreliable father and Gloria's ex-husband, Javier. This time around, Javier will take a harder stab at trying to win over Manny after he sees how close he has become with Jay; this will naturally incite some competition in the protective Jay, who is probably just as surprised at his relationship with Manny as Javier is.
As you may have heard, Modern Family pulled a Fresh Prince for Season Three: a member of the main family was recast. Fortunately, it won't be as weird as when Daphne Maxwell-Reid walked into the Banks household as the new Aunt Viv. As you may have heard, Lily, Mitchell and Cam's daughter, will be played by a new actress. Since the character is only about two years old, she hasn't had too much development yet (other than her penchant for deadpan reactions and the hint that she may be secretly violent). It is common practice to recast young characters in film and television due to child labor laws (I'm totally guessing here), and Modern Family's new toddler-aged Lily, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, is already popular among the cast. She sure seems to have grown a lot, which is reminiscent of another Fresh Prince oddity: the overnight growth spurt of Baby Nicky from five months to five years.
Source: EW, EW