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‘Modern Family’ Producer Elaine Ko Inks Overall Deal With 20th TV

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Elaine Ko has closed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the company announced today. Having worked at Modern Family as a staff writer then producer and now supervising producer, Ko will be returning to the hit comedy for a fourth year. The producer won an Episodic Comedy WGA Award earlier this year for writing Modern Family’s “Virgin Territory” show. She also shared in the show’s 2012 Best Comedy Series award from the WGA. “Elaine is a Twentieth Century Fox Television success story, starting her career as a staff writer on Do Not Disturb and Family Guy. She’s been on Modern Family from the very beginning,” said 20th Century Fox TV Chairman Dana Walden today in a statement. “Steve and Chris value her enormously, as do we. This deal keeps her on our incredibly important Modern Family, as well as allowing her to develop down the road.
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Morning Meme: "S.H.I.E.L.D." Is More Whedon Than Marvel, the Gayest Songs of 2012, and Let Neil Patrick Harris Help You With Those Balls

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Happy New Year! I hope you had fun and stayed safe. I've got a nasty bug, so I stayed home and rested with Anderson and Kathy. But snicks is at full power, and will be bringing you a liveblog of the New Year's resolutions for WilSon on Days of Our Lives.

At the time of this writing, despite passing the Senate 89-8 with a bill no one is happy with, it looks like House Republicans are willing to drive the world economy off a cliff rather than allow a vote on the bill the Senate and the White House agreed to. At this point I'm almost willing to let China repossess the country just to end this farce. Edit: They passed it, barely.

While a $2,000/year tax hike might hurt my spending, even the bigger bump that's proposed for the wealthy elite isn't likely to hamper their lifestyles. So which
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Tiff Books World Preems for Song for Marion, Greetings from Tim Buckley, Yellow; Adds PTA, Korine, De Palma from Venice

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Tiff announced their last batch of titles for their primo Gala and Special Presentation events and it comes as no surprise that we’ve got ourselves several future Venice (Bad 25, Love is All You Need, Spring Breakers, Passion and The Master) and left over Cannes titles (White Elephant, On The Road, The Paperboy) set for some Special Presentation spots, but it’s the World Premieres that Tonrot have managed to lasso that have got out attention. First up in the trio of Gala screenings announced, it’s their Closing Night Film in Song for Marion which may do wonders for both the fest and the title itself — as it may be this year’s The King’s Speech type. What Maisie Knew, Arthur Newman, Greetings from Tim Buckley and after a long post-production phase Nick CassavetesYellow (see pic above) are all repping the new wave of U.S
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Tiff 2012 Adds ‘The Master,’ ‘Passion,’ ‘Spring Breakers,’ ‘On the Road,’ & More

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As if the line-up couldn’t get any better, Toronto International Film Festival have went ahead with what looks to be their final announcement of premieres. Added to the slate is the oft-rumored The Master, showing in 70mm, as well as Brian De Palma‘s Passion, Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, Peter Webber‘s WWII romantic drama Emperor, a Jeff Buckley biopic, as well as Cannes premieres such as Lee DanielsThe Paperboy (review here) and Walter SallesOn the Road (review here). Check out the new additions below.

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Song for Marion Paul Andrew Williams, UK Closing Night Film

A feel-good, heart-warming story about how music can inspire you. Song for Marion stars Terence Stamp as Arthur, a grumpy pensioner who can’t understand why his wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) would want to embarrass herself singing silly songs with her unconventional local choir. But choir director Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton
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‘Modern Family’s Abraham Higginbotham Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

  • Deadline TV
Exclusive: Modern Family co-executive producer Abraham Higginbotham has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind the Emmy-winning comedy series. Under the pact, Higginbotham will be upped to an executive producer on Modern Family next season. He will also develop new projects. Higginbotham has been at 20th TV for the better part of the last decade. He spent three years on the studio’s Emmy-winning Arrested Development, worked on Modern Family creators Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd’s previous comedy series for 20th TV, Fox’s Back To You, and created/executive produced the studios’ Fox comedy Do Not Disturb before joining Modern Family as a co-executive producer at the beginning of Season 2. He shared into the series’ best comedy Emmy win last year. “Abraham is a writer whom writers value,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “He is extremely versatile and can write different type of shows,
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Watercooler: Cleveland Shows Why Niecy Nash Needs a Series

Can someone please get Niecy Nash a sitcom?

Seriously, the woman is being wasted.  Not that it wasn't swell to have her voicing Donna's kid-ditching sister Janet on The Cleveland Show last night, but that was just a guest spot and the real-life Nash is too fabulously animated to be relegated to cartoonery. She needs to be front and center, in the flesh and on TV on a weekly basis. And preferably in something better than Do Not Disturb.

One would think after her run on Dancing with the Stars and Reno 911! that someone would have found Miss Niecy a proper vehicle by now. She's paid her dues and proven to be a fan favorite, so why ...

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Celebrity Twitterwatch: Bird Brain Edition

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Maybe the owl will chase you off.

Here at Twitterwatch, we use the 140 characters of Twitter to plumb the minds and souls of our favorite celebrities. And it turns out that some of them have birds other than the little blue bird of Twitter on their minds.

The closest I'll get to cuddling up to the hunk of my high school years.

New Kid on the Block Jonathan Knight looks exhausted. And I know how he feels. This summer I had an owl move into the oak tree outside my bedroom, and he was more reliable than a rooster for a 5:30 Am wakeup call. So I wish him good luck with chasing him down, because if he’s like mine, or the one at the top of the page, maybe he should just move.

Hope you all had a great Saturday! I have an owl to chase from a tree then off to bed!
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Ask the Flying Monkey! Bad Performances in Hit Movies, Great Gay Love in “Modern Family,” and “Tara”’s Gay Guys!

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This week! A look at how gay Frasier was and how brilliant Modern Family is, a chat with United States of Tara's gay couple Michael Hitchcock and Sammy Sheik, and an exploration of bad performances in hit movies. Plus, truly unlikely gays!

Have a question about gay male entertainment? Contact me here (and be sure and include your city and state and/or country!)

Q: When it comes to positive portrayals of gay characters on TV, I've seen coming out stories, displays of affection, and lots of sweaty workout scenes, but I don't think I've ever seen the love and loyalty that is portrayed between Cam and Mitchell on Modern Family. Do you agree that the "gas station scene" – where Cam, as Fizbo the Clown, mightily defends Mitchell against a jerk – qualifies as one of the most natural, and therefore important, portrayals of gay (or straight) love we've seen on TV?
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Jimmy Smits back at NBC, Keri Russell going 'Wilde'

Former "West Wing" star Jimmy Smits is returning to NBC for a drama pilot about a different branch of government, and Keri Russell may be coming back to television, thanks to some of the "Arrested Development" crew.

The day's other pilot casting news includes additions to The CW's "Nikita," Judy Greer joining Fox's "Tax Man," Jerry O'Connell doing his second pilot this season and Jason Biggs seeking "True Love" at CBS.

Smits will star in an untitled legal drama from writer John Eisendrath ("Alias," "My Own Worst Enemy") as a Supreme Court justice who makes the unusual move of leaving the bench to return to private practice, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The multiple Emmy nominee (and one-time winner, for "L.A. Law") last starred in the third season of "Dexter"; his TV credits also include "NYPD Blue" and "Cane."

Russell hasn't done regular TV series work since "Felicity" ended in 2002, but that could change soon.
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"Coming Out" In Droves: Eleven Who Did in 2009

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A record number of celebrities came out in 2009, making it that much easier for the next one.

Gay celebrities used to mostly follow one of two formulas for coming out:

1. Get caught in an personal situation by a tabloid, i.e. Danny Pintauro

2. Get tired of not being out and call up favorite lifestyle magazine to break the news gently to their three fans who hadn’t already succumbed to the rumors. i.e. Ellen DeGeneres, Lance Bass

But something new happened in 2009, because the path to a celebrity's closet door became as varied as it is for those of us in the real world. We had the “I was always out” or the “casual mention” coming out. Then we added the “bring the boyfriend to an event” coming out which took the nonchalant route. And perhaps then there is most interesting: the “product tie-in” which, as far as I know,
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Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson on the Upcoming Story Line That Moved Him to Tears

Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson on the Upcoming Story Line That Moved Him to Tears
Jesse Tyler Ferguson almost missed out on Modern Family, ABC's breakout mockumentary that is already being heralded by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the best series of the decade. Recovering from his experience on the critically savaged and quickly canceled Do Not Disturb, Ferguson told his managers that he was finished with television and moved to New York last year to headline the Broadway musical based on Elf. Fortunately for Ferguson, his managers soft-sold him Modern Family, which the actor read five times over and fell in love with. Now, Ferguson can be seen on Wednesday nights as Mitchell Pritchett, the hilariously straight-laced former figure skater who has since settled down with his flamboyant partner -- the hilarious Eric Stonestreet -- and their adopted Vietnamese daughter.

Last week, Movieline caught up with Ferguson to discuss his brush with Adam Lambert, the truth behind that Julie Bowen-Sofia Vergara
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Pilots: Jerry O'Connell subs for 'Heroes'' Sendhil Ramamurthy, CBS goes 'Private'

Jerry O'Connell is in. Sendhil Ramamurthy is out.

O'Connell will co-star in the NBC dramedy pilot "Rex Is Not Your Lawyer," swapping out for "Heroes" star Sendhil Ramamurthy who was originally cast in the role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Ramamurthy had a scheduling conflict with "Heroes," and since "Rex" was in second position, it needed to find a replacement. O'Connell recently wrapped the horror movie "Piranha 3-D." He also starred in the short-lived Fox series "Do Not Disturb" and other Freshman Flops.

In "Rex," former "Doctor Who" star David Tennant will play top Chicago litigator Rex Alexander whose panic attacks lead him to cope by coaching clients to represent themselves. O'Connell steps in as Rex's friend and fellow lawyer who happens to fall in love with Rex's fiancee (Abigail Spencer).

Also cast are Lindsay Kraft as Rex's assistant/waitress-singer-songwriter and Cleo King as one of Rex's clients, a bus
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Dave Franco joins 'Scrubs'

Dave Franco joins 'Scrubs'
Dave Franco ("Superbad") has joined ABC's comedy "Scrubs" as a regular.

On "Scrubs," which is shifting its setting to a medical school next season, Franco will play Cole, a charming, conservative, confidently stupid and incredibly entitled medical student whose family donated a wing to the school. With his arrogance and erroneous medical decisions he becomes an enormous irritant to Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley).

Franco's TV series credits include "Privileged," "Do Not Disturb" and "Greek."
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Press Tour Diary: ABC's 'Modern Family'

Who: Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, and exec producers Steven Levitan and Jason Winer. Premise: Riotously funny single-camera comedy focusing on three very different dysfunctional families. Easily the best comedy pilot of the new fall season. (Btw, last day of press tour! I made it!) 9:11 am: The panel begins with a question about the pilot's big twist, which ABC initially asked us to keep quiet about. Apparently, the gag order has now been lifted so here it is (spoiler alert!): The three families are all related! 9:13 am: E.P. Levitan says incorporating the Office-style mockumentary element brings "some grit" to the show and makes "it not so syrupy." 9:15 am: A reporter asks Ferguson about his decision to do another comedy after being in the "real awful one on Fox." (For the record, he's referring to the short-lived Do Not Disturb.
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Brando Eaton cast as ridiculously adorable gay Bff on "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Brando Eaton (Pic: Getty)

Last year we had cause to tune into ABC Family's utterly wackadoodle family dramedy The Secret Life of the American Teenager when lead teen Amy (Shailene Woodley) considered giving her unborn baby to her dad's gay co-worker Donovan (Alex Boling) and his hubby Leon (Larry Sullivan).

It looks like next season we'll have even more reason to watch, as the show has just cast the magically delicious Brando Eaton (Do Not Disturb, Nip/Tuck, Queerantine!) to play Griffin, the new gay sidekick to Amy's gorgeous and rather badass little sister, Ashley (India Eisley).

Okay, I'll admit that I have a hard time watching this show because the main family's last name happens to be Juergens (same spelling and everything), and I'm really not used to hearing my name spoken by the likes of Molly Ringwald, John Schneider and Bobby Bacala from The Sopranos (who plays
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Meet the actor playing the other half of "An American Family"'s gay couple

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet

We wrote a while back that actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (The Class, Do Not Disturb) had been cast as half of a gay couple in the pilot for ABC's single-camera comedy An American Family.

Now we've learned who will be playing the hubby who will be holding his hand as the two new dads adjust to adopting a new baby.

Eric Stonestreet has been cast as Ferguson's hubby, and from what I can tell he will be playing Cameron to Ferguson's Mitchell. The bulk of their story (they're one of three families being followed by a documentary crew) is about how their life changes when they adopt a Vietnamese baby named Lily, but Cameron's apparent weight concerns and Mitchell's issues with his family are also continuing themes.

Anyone recognize Stonestreet from CSI?
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Where Are The Now? Some Greenroom Chatter for February 15, 2009

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Sooner or later, favorite TV shows come to an end and the castmembers go their separate ways. If we're lucky, our favorites return in new projects.

Stars like Alex O’Loughlin (Moonlight), Chris Pratt (Everwood), Rashida Jones (Unhitched), Amy Poehler (Arrested Development), Anne Heche (Men in Trees), Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show), Cybill Shepherd (Moonlighting), Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace), Charlie Robinson (Home Improvement), Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Ed O’Neill (Married with Children), Sofia Vergara, (Dirty Sexy Money), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Do Not Disturb), Betty White (Boston Legal), Angie Harmon (Women’s Murder Club), Billy Zane (Twin Peaks), Laura Allen (Dirt), Kevin McKidd (Journeyman), John Travolta (Welcome Back, Kotter), Robin Williams (Mork & Mindy), Seth Green (Family Guy), and the late Bernie Mac (The Bernie Mac Show).

They can be seen in projects like Criminal Minds, Parks and Recreation, Hung, Law & Order: Svu, Alligator Point, An American Family, My Name is Earl,
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson to play gay again when he joins ABC's "An American Family"

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Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson played a gay character in the late, unlamented Fox sitcom Do Not Disturb, but he will have a chance to put that dud behind him with his new role in the intriguing ABC pilot An American Family:

 

Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd's docu-style single-camera comedy Family, from 20th TV, revolves around three families: one comprised of a working dad, stay-at-home mom and two kids; another that includes a 60-year-old man who becomes a stepfather after marrying a Latina who is 30 years his junior; and the third, a gay couple who have just adopted a Vietnamese baby. Ferguson will play one of the gay dads.  

It's a fresh idea, and with the pedigree of Levitan and Lloyd behind it (who have helped helm such classics as Frasier, The Golden Girls, and The Larry Sanders Show), it could turn out to be something special.

Of course, those
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NBC, ABC pilots add cast

NBC, ABC pilots add cast
Bonnie Sommerville has been tapped to co-star in NBC's comedy pilot "Off Duty," and Jesse Tyler Ferguson has joined ABC's comedy pilot "An American Family."

"Off Duty," from Universal Media Studios and Upright Citizens Brigade's Jason Mantzoukas, centers on a once-legendary police detective (Bradley Whitford) on his way down who complicates the life of his new partner (Romany Malco) -- a straight shooter on his way up -- both on duty and off.

Sommerville will play Malco's wife. Also cast in the pilot is Capethia Jenkins as the crusty police district chief.

Sommerville, who recently starred on ABC's "Cashmere Mafia," will next be seen in the feature "The Ugly Truth." She is repped by Icm and McKeon-Myones Management.

Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd's docu-style single-camera comedy "Family," from 20th TV, revolves around three families: one comprised of a working dad, stay-at-home mom and two kids; another that includes
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Where Are They Now? Some Greenroom Chatter for November 3, 2008

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Sooner or later, TV shows all come to an end and the castmembers go their separate ways. If we're lucky, our favorites return in new TV shows and movies. Here's where you'll be able to see a bunch of them like… Bradley Whitford (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), Willie Garson (John from Cincinnati), Jason Gedrick (Murder One), Eric Roberts (Less than Perfect), Chris Parnell (Miss Guided) , Luke Kirby (Tell Me You Love Me), Michael Kenneth Williams (The Kill Point), Ally Walker (Tell Me You Love Me), Philip Baker Hall (The Loop), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Do Not Disturb), Taylor Handley (Hidden Palms), Shiloh Fernandez (Jericho), Tom Everett Scott (Grace Under Fire), Regina King (Leap of Faith), Sarah Wynter (The Dead Zone), Dave Franco (Do Not Disturb), Lucy Hale (Bionic Woman), John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard), Donald Sutherland (Commander in Chief), and Blair Underwood (L.A. Law).

To start, it looks like
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