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PopWatch Planner: 'The Good Wife' big episode, 'Teen Wolf' finale, 'Noah' in theaters, more

Between big episodes, season premieres, and a new Johnny Cash album, it’s safe to say that we’ve got another solid week of pop culture in front of us. For Good Wife fans, tonight’s episode is sure to leave a mark. Then we’ve got the Teen Wolf finale, new series Surviving Jack, and two big theater releases.

Here’s what your week looks like. Enjoy: READ FULL STORY

Pop Culture Pet Peeve: When TV characters don't eat their breakfast

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From the very first episode, Breaking Bad showed us what kind of show it would be: A show that appreciates breakfast. Walter, Skyler, and Walt Jr. sit down at their dining room table in the pilot with plates full of eggs and toast in front of them. And then they eat.

This shouldn’t be anything special, but on TV, it is. So often, perfectly good breakfasts are left untouched, or a character takes one bite and then they’re off. Tell me, reader, would you really look at a plate of steaming hot waffles that your parent so thoughtfully made for you, take one lousy bite out of them, and then leave? No. (Unless you’re not a breakfast person, in which case, you’re excused.)

Trophy Wife is, sadly, guilty. In “The Breakup,” when Kate and her friend Meg are horribly hungover, Warren takes the opportunity to playfully gross them out. “Do you guys want my eggs? They’re super runny,” he offers as he lifts up a piece of the egg with his fork. Kate and Meg gag, and his dad takes away Warren’s plate. “Why don’t we get something on the way to school?” he says. Why don’t we get something on the way. He just took away a plate full of food from his son and is now saying Why don’t we get something on the way. Insanity.
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Backstage at the SAG Awards: What the winners didn't say on TV

On stage during the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the big winners were the ensemble casts of American Hustle, Modern Family, and Breaking Bad. But backstage at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium, the stars opened up in ways they didn’t at the podium.

Supporting actor winner Jared Leto, who continued his awards-show momentum with another win for his supporting role in Dallas Buyers Club, thanked his mother (and date for the evening) for always encouraging him to pursue his creative dreams. To prepare to play the transgender woman Rayon, Leto said he sought out transgender people as mentors to help him develop Rayon’s voice and physicality. Attention, Thirty Second of Mars fans: The band will play in Mexico on Tuesday and continue its worldwide tour through the rest of the year.

Lupita Nyong’o, a budding fashionista and Supporting Actress winner for 12 Years a Slave, seemed humbled by all the attention she has been getting this awards season because of her wardrobe choices. “I appreciate the fashion world as an art form,” she said, “but I never want it to take over my acting.” Nyong’o gave reporters a quick lesson in the pronunciation of her last name — it’s NYON-go — and noted the universality of her movie even outside the U.S.: “Slavery is an institution that affected a lot more places than just America.”

The cast of Modern Family, celebrating the show’s fourth consecutive award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series, is preparing to hit the road. They head to Las Vegas tomorrow to film an episode, and producers are planning another this season to be shot in Australia. Though there’s still no script for the Down Under episode, Julie Bowen did reveal that producers had asked her if she was afraid of heights or fanged animals. (Bowen’s onscreen hubby Ty Burrell, who won Male Actor in a Comedy Series, had better be careful.)

Michael Douglas, whose performance as Liberace in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra has earned a SAG as well as an Emmy and Golden Globe, noted that Steven Soderbergh’s film was released theatrically outside the U.S. (and even picked up several BAFTA nominations earlier this month). Though he says he contractually can’t say anything about his role in Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man movie starring Paul Rudd, Douglas says his kids are happy to see him working as an actor again after “a few years where I just made pancakes.”

Undeterred by construction noise outside, Julia Louis-Dreyfus couldn’t contain her excitement about winning Best Actress in a TV Comedy for Veep. Even better, just before entering the press room Louis-Dreyfus heard from fellow SAG winner Helen Mirren that the dame is a fan of the show. “That’s kind of cool, right?” said Louis-Dreyfus. But when asked if she would ever consider a real career in politics, the former Seinfeld star firmly said, “No, you don’t want me to be president.”

Speaking of Mirren, the actress admitted that not only was she surprised by her SAG Award (“I so didn’t expect to win”) but her role in the HBO movie Phil Spector was a last-minute thing as well. When Bette Midler injured her neck after one week of filming, director David Mamet  Helen Mirren on vacation in Italy and asked if she would step in and start filming the next day! “The whole landscape of drama on film is changing rapidly,” she said, citing the work of HBO, Showtime, and streaming sites like Netflix. “I’m just happy to still be working at a time when things are changing.”

“I’m the lady who said the bad word,” joked Rita Moreno as she entered the press room. The member of the elite EGOT club was delighted to add a SAG Lifetime Achievement Award to her mantle. She admitted concern about the one-minute time limit she was given for her speech — “Wait a minute. I’m Puerto Rican! I can’t even say hello in one minute!” — but appreciated her introduction by longtime friend and former Electric Company costar Morgan Freeman.

The cast of Breaking Bad continued its post-final-season victory tour, picking up the award for won for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series. Aaron Paul, who dubbed it “the longest, greatest goodbye ever,” said he started rewatching the series when they began filming the final eight episodes (he’s still only on season two). Bryan Cranston, who also won Best Male Actor in a Drama Series, gave full credit to the press for supporting the gritty series. The cast said they hope to stay in touch with one another — thanks primarily to shared enthusiasm for golf and tequila shots. Paul said, “We knew from day one that these friendships wouldn’t die when the show died.”

Amy Adams said she can’t wait to bring home her SAG Award for her work on the American Hustle ensemble to her 3-year-old daughter, Aviana. “She’s gonna like this one a lot,” said Adams. Alluding to the fact that the statuette depicts an anatomically accurate naked man, she added, “A particular aspect of this one she will find fascinating.” Costar Jennifer Lawrence, cursing at Bradley Cooper when he ducked out early, fielded a question about working back-to-back with director David O. Russell on Silver Linings Playbook and Hustle. “David doesn’t change,” she said. “He stays the same.” And acting veteran Robert De Niro revealed that the biggest challenge of his brief cameo in Hustle was learning Arabic.

Cate Blanchett, a winner for Blue Jasmine, sang some of her favorite Beatles tune “When I’m Sixty-Four” for reporters and said that she hopes Australian customs agents would be kind to her with all the new awards she’ll be toting back home with her.

Matthew McConaughey said that the hardest part about losing weight to play an AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club was deciding to do it. “I became a nice little hermit and enjoyed it,” he said. “In a very literal sense, I was hungry for knowledge, research, information. Trying to get to the core of my man.” When filming was done, McConaughey’s first indulgence was an ultimate cheeseburger that took the actor 45 minutes to mentally prepare to eat. “The friend I was with had finished his dessert before I took my first bite.”

 

 

TV Recap: 'Modern Family,' 'Nashville,' 'American Horror Story: Coven' -- VIDEO

Did you miss Wednesday night’s episodes of Modern Family, Nashville or American Horror Story: Coven? Catch up with our TV Recap video below! READ FULL STORY

TV Recap: 'Survivor,' 'Modern Family,' and 'American Horror Story: Coven' -- VIDEO

Did you miss Wednesday night’s episodes of Survivor, Modern Family, or American Horror Story: Coven? Catch up with our TV Recap video below!

'Modern Family' meets 'Breaking Bad': Jesse Tyler Ferguson takes a Heisenberg tour of New Mexico -- PHOTOS

When Jesse Tyler Ferguson grew up in New Mexico, Heisenberg was just a German physicist, not a porkpie-hat-wearing teacher-turned-meth kingpin.

But the Modern Family star clearly supports the White family’s Albuquerque takeover: When he visited his home state over the weekend, Ferguson and husband Justin Mikita took a tour of all the locations made famous by Breaking Bad and posted pics online.

First stop: Walt’s house, though that doesn’t look like a green Aztek in the driveway …
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'Modern Family' react: The kids are alright

The always enjoyable (and constantly Emmy-winning) comedy is back for season 5, and it’s off to a strong start.

The first half-hour, “Suddenly, Last Summer,” tugged at heartstrings with Mitch and Cam’s storyline, as they find out they can finally marry (insert baby Fulgencio vomiting here). Sure, it pulled the usual antics with competing proposals, and Gloria and Claire as Cam and Mitch’s wingwomen, respectively (Claire, in particular, seemed overjoyed to rattle off manipulative proposal ideas to a horrified Mitch). But the payoff, with Mitch and Cam saying “Yes” in unison, forgave the bumps along the way. I don’t know about you, but the moment nearly made me “sob like a Tony winner,” to quote Mitch. READ FULL STORY

Analysis: 'Breaking Bad' won social media on Emmys night

And the winner is Breaking Bad… again.

According to our analysis, Breaking Bad didn’t just snag the Emmy Awards’ highest honor Sunday night — the show was also the most popular Emmy-related topic across social media, even after discounting chatter about that night’s brand-new episode (which ran concurrently with 75 minutes of the Emmys). The race wasn’t even close: BB had three times as many mentions as the list’s second-place finisher, Outstanding Comedy winner Modern Family.

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EW.com's 4th Annual Season Finale Awards: Vote now!

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Yes, there are a few season finales to go, but with the rush of surprise twists, cliffhangers, and exits behind us, it’s now time for EW.com’s fourth annual reader-voted Season Finale Awards. After taking your suggestions under advisement — and extending the cutoff date to March 31, because so many of you wanted to (dis)honor the passing of The Walking Dead‘s Andrea — here are this year’s nominees. UPDATE: Polls are now closed. Winners will be announced Friday. READ FULL STORY

EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

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“Turns out she sent more men off to war than Lyndon Johnson.”

–Jay (Ed O’Neill) talking about his “first,” who also had a lot of other military lovers, on the season finale of Modern Family

Come back tonight to share your pick for best bite!

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