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Anatomy of a Fall: Modern Family's Julie Bowen Went Down Hard — By Accident

Julie Bowen

If you were one of the many viewers who rewound your DVR multiple times to catch Claire Dunphy falling down over and over and over again after last week's Modern Family, you're not alone.

Homeland, Modern Family and The Artist top Golden Globes

Julie Bowen took physical comedy to new heights when her Family character slammed onto the ground after slipping on a dozen falling eggs that Luke (Nolan Gould) was using for a school project. How did Bowen make the fall so bone-crushingly realistic? read more

Mega Buzz: A CSI Goodbye, Claire's Modern Politics and an NCIS Triangle

Marg Helgenberger, Julie Bowen, Cote de Pablo

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I am so sad to see Marg Helgenberger leave CSI. What can you say about Catherine's exit? — DeAnne
I'd say it'll be pretty poetic, if you read between the lines — and I know you all do! While Catherine is working with the FBI on a case involving an old friend (guest star Annabeth Gish), she'll start to realize her value. "These FBI agents shine a mirror on how good she is at what she does," executive producer Carol Mendelsohn says. "I think Catherine is looking at the next job. As a woman, Catherine feels she's hit a glass ceiling at CSI. It's something that's been weighing on her, and she sees a door to a new life." But she could presumably come back to consult, right? "It's not a 'for always' goodbye," executive producer Don McGill says. "There's always an open door."

Got any scoop on Modern Family? — Jeremy
Remember how Claire mulled running for city council earlier this season? read more

Dissecting Alcatraz's Mysteries: Who Are the '63s?

Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia

From the purveyor of mystery series that keep audiences scratching their heads — Alias and Rambaldi, Lost and the island, Felicity and her hair — J.J. Abrams has debuted another mystifying series, Alcatraz.

The new show focuses on the notorious San Francisco prison. It's 1963, and more than 300 guards and prisoners vanish into thin air. In each episode, one of these hardened criminals, called "the '63s," will reappear in 2012 without having aged. San Francisco cop Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones), Diego Soto (Lost alum Jorge Garcia) — an academic who's an expert on The Rock — federal Agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) and his mysterious associate Lucy Banerjee (Parminder Nagra) team up to find them before they can enact their anachronistic justice.

Alcatraz's J.J. Abrams: New Fox drama is on an island, but it's not Lost

Along the way, Alcatraz will raise questions. Namely, where did they disappear to, and who's pulling the strings behind their reappearance? To keep track of the questions and attempt to find insight into what could be the answers, we've compiled a list of the big mysteries Alcatraz introduced in the two-hour series premiere... read more

Exclusive: The Secret Circle Casts Cassie's Mysterious Father John Blackwell

Britt Robertson, Joe Lando

It's the moment The Secret Circle fans have been waiting for since the new CW series premiered: Cassie's father, the mysterious John Blackwell, is coming to Chance Harbor... read more

ABC Pulls Work It From Schedule, Replaces with Last Man Standing Repeats

Work It

Well, that didn't take long.

After only two airings, ABC has pulled Work It from its schedule, has confirmed.

The poorly reviewed series, which starred Ben Koldyke and Amaury Nolasco as two out-of-work men who dress in drag to get jobs as pharmaceutical reps, debuted Jan. 3 to... read more

The Vampire Diaries Casts Smallville's Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman is returning to The CW.

The Smallville alum has booked a guest-spot on The Vampire Diaries, has confirmed. Freeman, who portrayed sometimes villain Tess Mercer on the recently ended super series, will play... read more

Get the Exclusive Details on the Grey's Anatomy-Private Practice Crossover

Patrick Dempsey, Caterina Scorsone

If you haven't yet heard, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice are doing another crossover this season, and has the exclusive details on who's popping up where.

Exclusive: Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice doing another crossover

As we first reported, Private's Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) will venture up to Seattle Grace in the first hour of the crossover during Grey's. She'll... read more

Michael Patrick King: 2 Broke Girls Is Not Racist; It's "Classy-Dirty"

Michael Patrick King wants to make something clear: 2 Broke Girls is not a racist show. As for all the inappropriate jokes, they're just "classy-dirty," OK?

The 2 Broke Girls creator met with reporters at CBS' winter TV previews Wednesday, during which he was asked to defend the show's ethnic stereotypes and off-color humor, particularly in scenes involving the characters with whom down-on-their luck waitresses (Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs) work at a Brooklyn diner.

"I find it comic to... read more

Grey's Anatomy Scoop: MerDer Happiness, a Cristina-Owen Explosion and the Alt-Reality

Ellen Pompeo, Patrcik Dempsey

After two months off the air and the sad death of Teddy's husband, the spring episodes of Grey's Anatomy promise happier times, especially now that Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) finally got custody of baby Zola. We'll even see a not "dark and twisty" Meredith in the special alternate-reality episode. But it's not all bright and shiny: sat down with executive producer Shonda Rhimes, who told us that Cristina (Sandra Oh), for one, is heading toward dark times. And what's this about George and Izzie returning? read more

Exclusive: Michael Massee Tapped As Fringe's Best Bad Guy

Michael Massee

Se7en star Michael Massee has been tapped to play one of Fringe's bad guys, has learned exclusively... read more

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