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Whoopi Goldberg Signs On to The Middle

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg will guest-star on an upcoming episode of ABC's The Middle, the show's executive producer announced Wednesday at the winter TV previews.

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Goldberg will appear on the 21st episode as the guidance counselor of Sue (Eden Shur), executive producer Eileen Heisler said during a panel that also featured the showrunners of ABC's other Wednesday night comedies, Suburgatory, Modern Family and Happy Endings.

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Emmys Top Moments: A Home Where All TV Shows Live, and a Mock Beauty Pageant

Jane Lynch

Our roundup of the most memorable moments of the Emmys:

14. Worst Opening-Number Follow-Up: Emmy host Jane Lynch takes viewers on a tour through a fictional building where all TV sets and characters supposedly reside. Highlights of this exercise in randomness: Lynch tests out the laugh track at The Big Bang Theory, horrifies the Mad Men ad guys with tales of fast-forwarding through commercials and Slushees her Glee alter ego. The song ends on the line, "There's no place like TV ... except for HBO -- it's not TV."

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Modern Family Looking to Recast Baby Lily for Season 3

Modern Family

Someone may be out of the picture when Modern Family returns for Season 3 this fall.

Producers are taking steps to recast the role of Baby Lily, telling casting agents that the comedy is looking for an "Asian, 3-to-4-year-old" to play Cameron and Mitchell's daughter... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Nathan Lane Returns to Modern Family

Nathan Lane, Modern Family

After a hilarious guest spot on Modern Family last fall, Nathan Lane will reprise his role as Cameron and Mitchell's flamboyant party thrower pal, Pepper, in a spring episode.

This time, "Mitch [Jesse Tyler Ferguson] and Cam [Eric Stonestreet] go out for a boys night with Pepper and a bunch of their other gay friends," Modern Family executive producer Steve Levitan told me at Saturday's Producers Guild Awards, just before going on stage to accept the award for Best Comedy Series. The plot... read more

A Modern Family Christmas

Modern Family

Christmas may be just around the corner, but here on the Los Angeles set of Modern Family, the Dunphy household is commemorating another special occasion: the 16th wedding anniversary of Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen). A celebratory breakfast of eggs and toast has already been whipped up by ... read more

Heard Backstage: Emmy Winners Edie Falco, George Clooney and More

Jim Parsons

Nurse Jackie star Edie Falco still insists she's not funny. Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston says his third win might be too sweet. Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi reveals that she smacked her competition, literally.

Here's what Sunday's Emmy winners said backstage:

 "Honestly, I was rooting for either Michael Emerson or Terry O'Quinn to take it because I'm obsessed with...
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Ty Burrell: Modern Family Finale "Hits All the Right Spots"

Modern Family

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 TVGuide.com. "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... read more

ABC Orders Family Sitcom Pilot

Back to You producers are coming back to TV — this time on ABC.The Alphabet has snapped up Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd to create an as-yet-untitled comedy about three American families, told through the perspective of a Dutch documentary filmmaker, according to The Hollywood Reporter.How committed is ABC to the series? It's already put in a pilot order with a significant penalty attached.Shot single-camera style and produced by 20th Century Fox, the series will revolve around one traditional family and two untraditional ones — a gay couple with a newly adopted Vietnamese tot; and a May-December couple with a son. The filmmaker is a former foreign exchange student who had stayed with one of the families years ago.The show was inspired by the Levitan and Lloyd's own family lives; both are married with children.In addition to last season's Back to You, the duo had also collaborated on Frasier and Wings. — Joyce Eng read more

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