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TV's Most Dateable Characters: Choose your 'one' from readers' top picks (Poll!)

Dateable-charactersImage Credit: Greg Gayne/NBC; Justin Lubin/NBC; Brian Bowen Smith/Fox; Mitchell Haaseth/NBC; Bob D'Amico/ABC (2)Last week, PopWatch asked readers to name the TV character they’d date in real life. After tallying more than 2,000 nominations (yes, we read them all), we’re ready to take it to a vote. We’ve put your top picks — 25 men, and 29 women (there was a tie for that last spot) — in two polls below. Vote now through Tuesday at midnight ET. Come back Friday when we’ll reveal the results. Remember: You can’t change anything about the character you’re picking, other than that he or she will no longer have feelings for his or her show love interest. (Second rule: Do not feel guilty.) Note: The order the characters are listed in the polls below is how they ranked during the first round, when you could be indecisive. What will happen when you can only pick one?  READ FULL STORY

Which TV character would you date in real life?

TV-characters-to-dateImage Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS; Eric McCandless/ABC; Mitchell Haaseth/NBC; Justin Stephens/NBC; John P. Johnson/HBOSince Valentine’s Day is approaching, we’ve decided it’s time to crown TV’s Most Datable Characters. Here’s how this works: As we did in 2008, we are asking you to name the TV character you’d actually date in real life. The rules remain the same:

1. Hosts or reality TV contestants of any kind are disqualified. The relationship you’re creating is real; your better half must be fictional.
2. You can’t change anything about your partner — other than that he or she will no longer have feelings for the show love interest, obviously.

Here’s what’s different: This year, we’ll tally your nominations — male and female, from current shows only — and, assuming it’s not a landslide, create polls with your top picks and take this to an official vote. The Office‘s Jim Halpert won the men’s title in ’08. Can he repeat? Let’s find out.

To get you thinking, here are a few names being tossed around PopWatch HQ. Remember, if you want them to make the poll round, you have to nominate them as well…  READ FULL STORY

SAG Awards 2011: Who are you rooting for?

James-Franco-Ty-Burrell_320.jpg Image Credit: C Flanigan/FilmMagic.com; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images The Screen Actors Guild Awards are tonight, PopWatchers. But even with a slate of ultra-talented nominees like the ones we have before us (see the full list here), everyone has their favorites. In the movies category, I’m pulling for James Franco. (Sorry, Colin Firth, still love you!) As adventure seeker Aron Ralston in 127 Hours, Franco found himself alone on screen for much of the movie, and yet, it was just as compelling as an ensemble of impressive actors (See: The Kids Are All Right). And I need not go into detail about the gritty arm amputation scene, which was as gripping as it was utterly disgusting, in the best possible way. READ FULL STORY

Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jon Hamm, and lots more celebs make EW's pre-SAG Awards party a starry night

EW-SAG-PARTYImage Credit: Stefanie Keenan/WireImage.comWhere might one have spied what’s happening in this photo here, which features a TV-lover’s fever dream of Glee‘s Jane Lynch rubbing elbows with Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson? At Entertainment Weekly‘s pre-Screen Actors Guild Awards party, of course! The event was held last night in the garden of West Hollywood’s famed Chateau Marmont and lured out scads of Hollywood’s finest talent—everyone from Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm and Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall to Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky and The Town‘s Jeremy Renner, all of who were looking to celebrate a little before today’s actor-focused awards which will be simulcast live on TBS and TNT at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The cast of The Good Wife? Yup, most of them were there, including Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles, Archie Panjabi, and Matt Czuchry. Looking for a little Temple Grandin? Awards-season queen Claire Danes was there in full effect, too, as was everyone from Parks and Recreation‘s Amy Poehler to Glee‘s Chris Colfer. The list goes on and on…

Check back here at EW.com later for a gallery of photos from last night’s star-studded event.

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More from EW.com:
SAG Awards 2011 Seating Assignments: First look at who’s sitting where — EXCLUSIVE
Screen Actors Guild Awards on EW’s Must List
Awards Season Calendar 2011: See it here!
SAG Awards give ‘True Grit’ stars some love: A look at Oscar implications
SAG’s TV nominations: What did they miss?
SAG Awards: ‘Modern Family’ and Betty White(!) nab honors
Oscar predictions: Post-SAG rankings

'Modern Family' to add another dash of Pepper

Nathan-LaneImage Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PR PhotosHe’s back! According to executive producer Steve Levitan, Nathan Lane will return to Modern Family this spring as the brunch-munching, ascot-donning power-gay Pepper Saltzman. Although he had precious few minutes of screen time in his first appearance earlier this season, Pepper really shook things up: Mitch and Cam trashed their own house and Cam declared his love for Pepper, all to get out of going to one of his ridiculous — but fabulous-sounding! — theme brunches. (“Oscar Wilde-N’-Crazy Brunch” — where’s our invite?)

Apparently, Mitch and Cam have a change of heart later in the season, and we get to see them attend one of these parties in action. Hopefully Pepper didn’t learn his lesson and will come up with a theme that inspires over-the-top, high-effort costumes. Who wouldn’t want to see Cam dressed as Mario Antoinette?

What should the theme of Pepper’s party be? Are you looking forward to Nathan Lane’s return? Do you think he’s rehashing Albert from The Birdcage? Sound off in the comments below!

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‘Modern Family’ recap: Shortcomings

'3 Minute Talk Show' trailer: It's enough time for Jon Cryer to crack a Charlie Sheen joke -- EXCLUSIVE

On Jan. 26, LStudio.com, the site that launched Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy, debuts the weekly series The 3 Minute Talk Show with Barry Sobel. Watch the exclusive trailer premiere below. The title is pretty self-explanatory, but aside from the minimum time commitment, here are a few more reasons to watch: Fred Willard serves as Sobel’s cohost. Ben Lee fronts the band. The first two guests are Tom Hanks (his Playtone partnered with Lexus’ LStudio for the unscripted show) and Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, whose episodes go live this Wednesday. And, at some point, Jon Cryer, of TV’s top-rated comedy Two and a Half Men, makes an appearance and explains to Sobel the secret to being No. 1. “Do a show with Charlie Sheen, ’cause it’s always fun. You get to check TMZ to know whether you’ve got to go into work that day, which is great. You’re sitting at home [pretends to check TMZ on his phone] ‘Oh, Oh, kick back, everybody. Daddy’s got the day off.’”

Among the other guests teased in the trailer: True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer, Modern Family‘s Rico Rodriguez, Glee‘s Mike O’Malley (who says the worst part of shooting his heart attack was when the makeup artist told him he didn’t actually need makeup), Joe Jonas, Big Love‘s Ginnifer Goodwin, Johnny Knoxville, and Jimmy FallonREAD FULL STORY

Let's hear it for the sitcom middle daughters

middle-sisterImage Credit: Everett Collection; Fox; Bob D'Amico/ABCThis week’s Modern Family featured a subplot about middle-child Alex slavishly studying for a test. It’s not the first time we’ve seen Alex go into geek mode, but between her nerdery and this cast breakdown that made the rounds this week that compared Alex to the great Darlene Conner, one thing became clear: Alex is the new torch-bearer in the noble tradition of middle daughters on sitcoms. READ FULL STORY

Sofia Vergara guests in Heather Morris rap video, 'Nuthin' But a Glee thing'

Proving there’s no competition between the supporting actresses on Glee and Modern Family, Sofia Vergara appears in a new FunnyorDie video that finds her, Glee‘s Heather Morris, Morris’ roommate Ashley Lendzion, and actress Riki Lindhome as Gleeks. Before the video erupts into Morris, Lendzion, and Lindhome borrowing Dr. Dre’s beat for the remake “Nuthin’ But a Glee Thing,” which they wrote, Vergara joins the ladies — wearing a red Sue Sylvester tracksuit — to talk about their favorite cast members. “Comparing Jane to the rest of the cast is like comparing the Great Barrier Reef with a piece of dogshit,” she says. “No offense, Heather.” READ FULL STORY

Ed O'Neill calls Sue Sylvester 'one note,' says Sofia Vergara should have won the Emmy. Do you agree?

oneill-lynchImage Credit: Bob D'Amico/ABC; Miranda Penn Turin/FoxThe 2010 Emmys happened months ago, but Ed O’Neill apparently still has some strong feelings about one category. In an interview with TV Guide Canada, the Modern Family star opined that Jane Lynch didn’t deserve to win the Oustanding Supporting Actress Emmy for her portrayal of Glee’s militant cheerleader coach Sue Sylvester. “I love Jane, honestly I do,” he was quoted as saying. “I’m dying to star in one of Christopher Guest’s movies alongside her, but I don’t think she should have gotten the Emmy for that part. [Sue Sylvester] is just a one-note character.” According to the magazine, he went on to say that he believed his on-screen wife, Sofia Vergara (a.k.a. Gloria), should have taken home the statue.  “Sofia is just so, so funny,” O’Neill continued. “I don’t think people realize how hilarious she is. She’s so sharp with her wit, it’s amazing.”

It sounds like O’Neill was trying to give props to his co-star, but wound up veering off course with his “one-note character” line about Glee‘s famously brash cheerleading coach. Lynch declined to comment to EW about O’Neill’s remarks, and O’Neill couldn’t be reached for comment, leaving this matter in the hands of you, PopWatchers. What do you think? Did O’Neill step over the line? Or is he on to something here? Who do you think should have won?

UPDATE: When contacted by E!. Lynch’s rep said, “[L]et it go, that’s what we’re doing.”

Read more:
Jane Lynch and Carol Burnett sing ‘Ohio’: Why, oh why doesn’t Sue sing more?
Ranking the Best Glee Guest Stars
Glee exclusive: The cast will perform Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ for the Super Bowl episode — and that’s not all
‘Modern Family’: Sofia Vergara will get naked for an Emmy

Jon Hamm, Jane Lynch, and Rico Rodriguez: Our bonus Entertainers of the Year covers

1132-inset-covers-hammJon Hamm feigns disappointment, joking that 2010 was supposed to be The Year We Make Contact, but his 2010 may as well have been subtitled, The Year He Made Contact. To the 2.9 million viewers who tuned in each week for season 4 of Mad Men, Hamm peeled away even more layers from Don Draper, his crumbling ad exec who somehow managed to emerge from the depths of self-loathing sober, smiling — and engaged to be remarried. In his spare time, he gave his left arm — and right — to play Liz Lemon’s gorgeously dimwitted ex on 30 Rock, hosted Saturday Night Live (twice), and sang Springsteen at the Emmys. On the big screen, he played tough, as a steely fed tracking a gang of Boston bank robbers in the hit drama, The Town. “My eternal pessimist comes out whenever things get as good as they have been,” Hamm tells EW. “However,  I will say that 2010 was the best year I will ever have.” Hence the reason he’s one of our Entertainers of the Year.

Check out our other bonus magazine covers, featuring Glee star Jane Lynch and Modern Family‘s Rico Rodriguez after the jump:

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