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Ask Matt: Is Modern Family the Best? Plus: Killing, Fringe and More!

Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen

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Question: I have long been aware of your fondness for ABC's Modern Family, but in one of your recent "Matt's Picks" columns, you heralded it as "TV's best comedy," which honestly caught me by surprise. I rather enjoyed season 1, but as with many viewers, I feel like season 2 was a letdown. Perhaps last year the show could have been in the running for Best Comedy, but after an increasingly dull sophomore year, I'm surprised at your continued admiration for the show. Where Modern Family shifted toward more gimmicky humor, lame ...
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Gordon Ramsay Talks MasterChef's Return

Gordon Ramsay

We asked MasterChef judge and executive producer Gordon Ramsay to give us a taste of what's on the menu for Season 2 of the American Idol-esque talent competition for home cooks with aspirations of going pro. Let's dig in!

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Cheers & Jeers: Mireille Enos is Killing It!

Mireille Enos

Cheers to Mireille Enos for her captivating performance on The Killing.  

The Franco-American actress — previously best known for her dual role on Big Love — has pulled off a star-making turn as Seattle detective Sarah Linden on AMC's hypnotic mystery. Even though this week's episode, "Missing," was essentially a time-killer, as Linden and her ex-meth-head partner Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) took a time out from investigating the Rosie Larsen murder to search for her missing teenage son, Enos didn't hit a false note.

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Matt's Picks: June 6-9

Matt Bomer

Inside the Actors Studio (Tuesday, 8/7c, Bravo)

James Lipton welcomes the cast of a modern instant classic, ABC's Modern Family, to the stage for an interview that includes questions tossed to the characters each of the stars plays. So while Actors Studio celebrates the careers of Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, we'll also hear from Jay and Gloria, Claire and Phil, and Mitchell and Cameron.

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Exclusive: Cash Cab Host Ben Bailey Lands New NBC Game Show Gig

Ben Bailey

Ben Bailey, the Emmy-winning host behind Discovery Channel's hit Cash Cab, is driving over to primetime. NBC has tapped Bailey to host Who's Still Standing? — the network's new trivia game show.

Based on the Israeli series Still Standing, the new game show centers on contestants who battle each other in a series of comedic challenges... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Jewel, Kara DioGuardi

A quick rundown of highs and lows from the first week of what's going to be a busy summer season.

TV didn't even take Memorial Day weekend off — to the delight of fans of Sunday's two top cable dramas. High point of the week: HBO's Game of Thrones, which has been pretty magnificent from the start and is truly hitting its stride now. Good news for the loyal viewer and fan of epic fantasy, but bad news for noble Ned Stark, who loses his patron when Fat King Robert is gutted by a boar ("murdered by a pig," he scoffs, although suspicion is now falling on the squire who ladled him with booze on the hunt). Poor solemn Ned isn't much of one for bluffing against his dastardly enemies, especially the evil Queen Cersei, who lays out the series' theme (and title) as she warns him, "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."

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Cheers & Jeers: Love Bites Sucks

Becki Newton as Annie, Krysten Ritter and David Giuntoli

Jeers to Love Bites for giving love a bad name — and wasting lots of big names. 

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The long-but-not-long-enough-delayed premiere of NBC's rom-com anthology stranded a plethora of TV veterans in a trilogy of sub-Sex and the City plots: Breaking Bad's Krysten Ritter (who's put to much better use in ABC's midseason sitcom Apartment 23) and Ugly Betty's Becki Newton as an alleged virgin and her pregnant, unwitting wingwoman; My Boys' Kyle Howard and Lipstick Jungle's Lindsay Price as an accountant and his vibrator-loving fiancée; and Heroes' Greg Grunberg as a tattoo artist who nearly joins the Mile High Club with his celebrity crush, once (and future?) SVU-er Jennifer Love Hewitt...

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Exclusive: Louise Sorel Exits Days of Our Lives

Louise Sorel

Salem is about to get a lot less funny. That great fan favorite, and farceur extraordinaire, Louise Sorel has been pink-slipped from Days of Our Lives and will end her run as badass Vivian Alamain in the coming months. After several years away from Days, Sorel returned to the soap in 2009 with much fanfare and has continued to be one of its most acclaimed players. So what went haywire? TV Guide Magazine spoke with the star about her surprising exit.

TV Guide Magazine: What's the reason for not picking up your contract? Money? The recent change in head writers?
Sorel:
My guess is that there's upheaval. The only thing I know for sure is that I'm... read more

Watercooler: Jon Stewart to Donald Trump: Fork You!

Jon Stewart

Forget finding a celebrity apprentice. According to Jon Stewart (and let's face it, a lot of other people) Donald Trump needs to find a clue.

Last night, The Daily Show host devoted almost nine minutes to eviscerating the Donald for his latest public bungle and ...
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Matt's Weekend Picks: June 3-5

Brian J. Smith and Robert Patrick

Red Faction: Origins (Saturday, 9/8c, Syfy)
Not a cheesy sharktopus in sight, as Syfy's Saturday-night movie franchise turns to the world of video games for inspiration. Intended as a narrative bridge between the Red Factions: Guerilla game and the Armageddon sequel to be released Tuesday, Origins stars Stargate Universe's Brian J. Smith as Jake Mason, the last surviving son of the rebel hero (Robert Patrick) who led the Martian colonies to freedom. Jake's mission: to seek justice against the enemies that killed his... read more

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