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Report: Modern Family, La Bamba Actress Elizabeth Pena Died of Alcohol Abuse

Elizabeth Pena

Actress Elizabeth Pena's death last week was caused by cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol abuse, TMZ reports.

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ABC Considering Modern Family Spin-Off

Rob Riggle

Fresh off Modern Family's fourth Emmy win for best comedy series, ABC is in early talks for a spin-off series, Deadline reports.

While there are still many ideas being considered, one potential concept is for the new series to focus on guest star Rob Riggle, who played Phil's (Ty Burrell) nemesis Gil Thorpe in two episodes last season.

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Keck's Exclusives: Modern Family's New Opener

Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould

The writers of Modern Family haven't yet begun plotting next season's stories, but already I have scoop on the premiere episode. The ABC sitcom is planning to shoot new opening credits to show how the cast members, especially the child actors, have changed.

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Finale Preview: Scoop on NCIS, Modern Family and New Girl

Mark Harmon and Cote de Pablo

NCIS (Tuesday, 5/14, 8/7c, CBS)

There are ghosts both literal and figurative in NCIS's finale, which brings back one character who was killed off two years ago and ­another who hasn't been seen for more than a decade. read more

TV Guide Magazine's 60th Anniversary Special: The Past, Present and Future of Television

Carol Burnett

In our very first issue, TV Guide Magazine polled the top names in TV — including Ed Sullivan, Milton Berle, Jackie Gleason and Sid Caesar — on what the new medium had taught them. "TV is a great way to reach millions of people — who, luckily, can't reach me," Berle quipped. For 60 years, this publication has chronicled the evolution of what remains the world's most dominant source of entertainment. And while viewers now have hundreds of channels at their fingertips and can watch whatever they want, whenever they want, on a multitude of platforms, one thing hasn't changed: Audiences are hungry for great fare, from I Love Lucy to Modern Family and Playhouse 90 to Homeland.

We spoke to 13 titans of TV and asked them a few questions about where TV has been, what it looks like now and where it's headed. 

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Super Bowl Review: Beyonce´ as MVP!

Beyonce

If only they'd blacked out the ads.

What a bizarre Super Bowl Sunday it was, from the oddly imbalanced game to the 34-minute Superdome power outage that separated the Ravens blowout of the first half from the 49ers blowout of the second half, pushing a fairly gripping Elementary episode past prime time on the East Coast.

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Republican National Convention: What Did You Think of Ann Romney and Chris Christie's Speeches?

Ann Romney, Chris Christie

Ann Romney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took the stage Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention, both offering anecdotes from their family lives and giving personal and political endorsements of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

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Modern Family Kids Now Seeking Raises

Modern Family

Just when you thought it was over, the Modern Family salary drama continues.

Sarah Hyland, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez and Ariel Winter are also seeking raises, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

This news comes just a day after the six adult cast members received substantial raises for their work on the Emmy-nominated series, going from approximately $65,000 per episode to $175,000 per episode in the upcoming fourth season. read more

Critic's Notebook: The ABC's of TCA

Modern Family

Where were you when the Modern Family talent deal finally went down? If you were a member of the Television Critics Association, or one of the creators of ABC's most popular and acclaimed comedy, you were at the network's Friday night post-press tour party. You could actually feel the tension go out of the room — a tension that had clouded much of ABC's TCA day, a major distraction for entertainment president Paul Lee, who tersely deflected questions about cast negotiations during his press session. read more

Modern Family Cast Returns to Work; Salary Negotiations to Resume

Modern Family

The cast of Modern Family has returned to work, according to Deadline.

The entire cast showed up to a table read Thursday morning, two days after stars Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara skipped out on a previously scheduled table read over a salary dispute. That same day, the actors filed a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox claiming their contracts are illegal under California law. read more

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