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'Mad Men' in Hawaii: what can we expect? Ask 'Full House,' 'Modern Family,' 'Saved By the Bell...'

We get it, Matthew Weiner: You really love the ’80s and ’90s. Last season, it became clear that Mad Men‘s showrunner has a penchant for the alumni of shows like The Secret World of Alex Mack and Clarissa Explains It All. And today, we learned that Weiner plans to kick off season 6 with a storyline familiar to anyone who once worshiped at the altars of TGIF and Nick at Nite: the Hawaiian vacation.

So what should Don and Megan Draper expect to do and see as they soak up the sun in Maui? Judging from the family sitcoms that have already covered this territory, they’ll be greeted by cursed tikis, jewel thieves, new (and quickly forgotten) love interests, and evil land developers, among other things. Oh, and Don: Watch for falling coconuts.

The Brady Bunch (1972)
Mike and Carol’s blended brood pioneered the “let’s all go to Hawaii!” plot during the Nixon administration. Their trip provided a template for the shows that would follow in their stead: multi-episode arcs, leis, exotic island magic, surfing mishaps, and bikinis galore.
Lesson for Don & Megan: If you find an ancient tiki in the sand, for the love of Oahu, toss it into the ocean!

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

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“Seriously though, a Gryffindor letting his mom carry his quidditch broom? How Hufflepuff is that?”

–Phil (Ty Burrell) on Modern Family

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, Oct. 24 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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‘Modern Family’ react: Halloween episode delivers laughs, but lacks season 2′s originality
‘Modern Family’ react: The all-too-familiar plot disappoints
Jesse Tyler Ferguson gets surprise birthday serenade from Boston Gay Men’s Chorus — VIDEO

'Modern Family' react: Halloween episode delivers laughs, but lacks season 2's originality

Image Credit: Peter “Hopper” Stone/ABC

Tonight’s episode of Modern Family elicited a few laughs (as always, anytime Phil or Cam spoke), but was underwhelming compared to season 2′s Halloween special.

I would have preferred Claire’s memory of last year’s Halloween (when she gave a man a heart attack with her disturbing costume) to have been the premise for the entire episode. She’s no Little Bo Peep, but can certainly pass for a seemingly innocuous housewife harboring an alien squid fetus inside her body.

Here’s what happened on All Hallows Eve. READ FULL STORY

Jesse Tyler Ferguson gets surprise birthday serenade from Boston Gay Men's Chorus -- VIDEO

Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet went all out for his costar Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s birthday on Oct. 22. He arranged for the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus to surprise Ferguson onstage. Over half of the 195-member strong ensemble showed up on roughly three hours’ notice. The surprise starts at 2:30 in the video below. Following “Happy Birthday,” the chorus performs Katy Perry’s “Firework” (3:40). You can see why Ferguson is a recurring guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance — he picks up simple choreography quickly. His reaction at 6:00 when the guys get creative with “come on, let your colors burst” is the real reason to watch this. We won’t spoil it for you.  READ FULL STORY

Happy Spirit Day! Celebs celebrate anti-bullying event by wearing purple

They’ve got spirit, yes they do! They’ve got spirit — how ’bout you?

No, this isn’t a pre-Halloween ghost celebration. Today, tons of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender folk and their allies are wearing purple in honor of Spirit Day, a GLAAD anti-bullying initiative. Naturally, a passel of celebrities are following suit on Twitter — or at least tweeting their support of the occasion. Here’s a roundup of some of the famous faces participating in the festivities:

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

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“You’re huge and you’re loud. It’s like sleeping with Rush Limbaugh.”

–Jay (Ed O’Neill) to his pregnant wife Gloria (Sofía Vergara) on Modern Family

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, Oct. 17 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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‘Modern Family’ react: The all-too-familiar plot disappoints
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‘Modern Family’ react: The laughs roll in back-to-back

'Modern Family' react: The all-too-familiar plot disappoints

Tonight’s episode of Modern Family had a tough act to follow after last week’s back-to-back laugh fest. Unfortunately, it didn’t deliver.

The all-too-familiar plot — Jay keeps a secret from Gloria because he doesn’t want to hurt her feelings; Cam and Mitch try to prove to each other that they’re capable of taking on each other’s roles as homemaker and breadwinner, respectively; and Claire and Phil find themselves drifting apart from their children — and low-impact one-liners made for a relatively dull half hour.

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

Submitted by kim in kentucky:

“Dance until your feet hurt. Sing until your lungs hurt. Act until you’re William Hurt.”

–Phil (Ty Burrell) on Modern Family, reading from his book Phil’s Osophy

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, Sept. 10 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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‘Modern Family’ react: The laughs roll in back-to-back
‘Modern Family’ season premiere react: The episode lives up to its sweet and simple roots
Sofia Vergara wears clothes from her Kmart line on ‘Modern Family’

'Modern Family' react: The laughs roll in back-to-back

Image credit: Peter “Hopper” Stone/ABC

Baby bumps, vasectomies, lesbians, oh my!

Modern Family returned tonight with two back-to-back episodes. As riveting as last Wednesday’s first presidential debate was, Obama and Romney’s comedic timing is no match for the Dunphy/Pritchett/Delgado/Tucker clan’s.

First episode: “Schooled”

Change is in the air as Haley leaves for college, Lily starts kindergarten, and Jay and Gloria enroll in parenting classes to appease Manny. With the use of a human Venn diagram and the help of guest stars Michaela Watkins and Wendi McLendon-Covey, Mitch and Cam also realize that, contrary to what they thought, gay men and lesbians have commonalities. READ FULL STORY

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

Submitted by kim in kentucky:

“Gentlemen, come on. As my uncle used to say: Let’s not let a botched kidnapping ruin our whole afternoon.”

–Shorty (Chazz Palminteri) on Modern Family

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, Sept. 26 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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‘Modern Family’ season premiere react: The episode lives up to its sweet and simple roots
‘Modern Family’ season 4: Are you still down with the Dunphys?
Emmys 2012: ‘Homeland,’ ‘Modern Family’ dominate awards

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