Sofía Vergara and the Case of the Frozen Embryos

Modern family, indeed. In a story befitting an Aldous Huxley novel, the star of Modern Family is being sued over the frozen embryos she shares with her ex-fiancé. Sofía Vergara and her ex, Nick Loeb, have two female embryos in a freezer somewhere. They had them made (awkward phrasing, I admit, but how else does one … Continued

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Girl Power?

All eyes were on Sofia Vergara at the 66th Annual Emmy Awards as the 42-year-old actress from Colombia took center stage to introduce the TV Academy’s chairman, Bruce Rosenblum.  Before he walked on the stage, Vergara said, “I came to America with a big dream, and this dream … it was the same dream that … Continued

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“Seinfeld” at 25: Still the Best Show on TV

This week marks the 25th anniversary of NBC’s debut of Seinfeld.  TBS will commemorate the “the greatest television program of all time,” deemed by TV Guide, by airing 25 of the series’ most popular episodes—including  “The Chinese Restaurant,” “The Puffy Shirt,” and “The Contest”—this week, June 30th through July 5th.  The network currently airs 20 … Continued

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‘Surviving Jack’: A New Kind of Sitcom Dad

The typical family sitcom dad for decades now has been a subversion of the Father Knows Best, The Andy Griffith Show, or My Three Sons standard of the 1950s and ‘60s. Instead of a stable, mature, moral role model, he became a lovable but doughy, bumbling doofus who is barely adequate at life and parenting, … Continued

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‘Parenthood’ and The Love Between Siblings

While shows on television explore a variety of human relationships – those based in romance, friendship, or interactions with complete strangers (thank you, reality television), few celebrate the ones that have been with us from the beginning and will last for the duration of our lives – the bonds we have with our brothers and … Continued

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The American Dream, Twenty-Two Minutes at a Time

The following is an essay from the Acculturated book. With the Primetime Emmys coming up this weekend and Fall premieres kicking into high gear, it seemed like a good time to get some perspective from two TV insiders, Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh. As executive producers for the acclaimed ABC show Modern Family these guys know a thing … Continued

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Modern Family’s Modern Take on Divorce

On Modern Family this week, the crew headed to Anaheim to spend a day at the “happiest place on earth”–Disneyland. In between the usual hilarious scenes and witty one-liners, the show focused on family patriarch Jay, who told the camera about an earlier visit to Disneyland that nearly tore his family apart: Jay explains to … Continued

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The Daily Pop Culture Scene

Down With Food Snobs, Up With Dunkin’ Donuts Bagels–Time Father-Son Bonding Becoming a Thing of the Past–Daily Mail With Pop Fiction, Are We Becoming a Nation of Illiterates?–NYDN Hilton Kramer and the Correction of Taste–Roger Kimball in WSJ The Conservative Case for “Modern Family”–Big Hollywood 50 Shades of Grey: How Will S&M Translate On Screen?–THR RIP: … Continued

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The Daily Pop Culture Scene

21 Jump Street: Hilarious. What More to Say?–Chicago Trib Behind the Scenes With Modern Family–THR Lipstick, Lipstick, Lipstick All the Time–WSJ Murder Inc.: Bruce Springsteen and OWS–PJ Media Hero Dad Helps Disabled Son Fulfill His Dreams–Huff Po 10 Things to Watch, Read, Listen to This Weekend–Time Lukewarm on TV’s Missing About Vengeful Spy Mom–NYT Exit March … Continued

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The Vow, Reviewed: Perfect Valentine’s Day Date Film—THR Avoiding the Limelight: The Power of Introverts—WSJ Books A Lightning Rod in Storm Over U.S.’s Class Divide—NYT Daniel Radcliffe: “Snobbery” Robbed Harry Potter of Oscars—E! Michael Kors’s Favorite Mistake: Male Bodysuits—Newsweek The Thatcher Style: Wearing Strength on Your Sleeve—NYT Why Is it So Hard to Speak Up?—WSJ … Continued

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