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'So You Think You Can Dance': Jesse Tyler Ferguson is shaking and needs a cocktail

Jesse Tyler Ferguson — “weird and creepy and not a stalker,” he swears — just loves to come back and be a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance. The Modern Family star invented the Hot Jalapeno Bus (a new friend for Mary Murphy’s Hot Tamale Train), and poignantly called out Will’s personal-story junket (“Dance saved my life…”) as a reason why arts programs are so important to schools. He is, quite simply, the best.

Meanwhile, the Top 8’s parents made everyone cry by talking about how proud they were (Chehon’s mom and Tiffany’s dad especially), and Eliana and DWTS: Live in Las Vegas headliner Ryan Di Lello tumbled their way through one of my favorite ballroom routines of the series. Actually, Chehon and Anya’s fit that bill, too. Smiling! In a tango! It worked!

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'Modern Family' creator invites Ann Romney to officiate Mitch and Cam's wedding -- once it's legal

Could next season of Modern Family feature television’s first dressage-themed gay wedding?

First Lady nominee Ann Romney recently told Entertainment Tonight that Modern Family is her favorite TV show. ModFam co-creator Steve Levitan got wind of Romney’s praise and posted a reaction on his Twitter page yesterday: “Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show. We’ll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam’s wedding. As soon as it’s legal.”

Sounds perfect! I can see it now: The grooms take turns riding elaborately dressed stallions down a rose petal-strewn aisle. At the end of it, Ann Romney waits, proudly posed atop Rafalca. Before the “I do”s, Luke accidentally sets Claire’s hair on fire and Hayley and Dylan are caught making out in a tucked-away vestibule. Gloria yells. Lily stares. Manny folds his handkerchief into a perfect pocket square. Alex rolls her eyes.

There’s just one problem here: Like her husband Mitt, Romney doesn’t believe in marriage equality.  READ FULL STORY

Sofia Vergara is highest-paid TV actress, followed by Kardashians and Desperate Housewives

Forbes’ recently released list of top-paid movie actresses reflected Kristen Stewart’s secure foothold in modern pop culture. Now the business magazine has unveiled the list of TV actresses who earned the most between May 2011 and May 2012, and seems if you follow the money in TV land, it leads straight to funny gals and reality stars, with some housewives peppered in here and there.

Modern Family star Sofia Vergara tops the list with $19 million. Anyone who’s seen the Colombia native’s ubiquitous Kmart or Cover Girl ads knows that she’s also doing pretty well for herself with all those endorsement deals.

All four stars of Desperate Housewives, which concluded its series on ABC this May, made the list: Eva Longoria, followed by Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher, and Marcia Cross.

Reality TV has become even more of a major money-maker over the past year. With a wedding special watched by over 10 million people and continuing ratings success for Keeping Up with the Kardashians following the end of her 72-day-long marriage, reality star Kim Kardashian settled in at No. 2 on the list. Not far behind is her sister, Khloe. Last year they didn’t even make the top 10. Also new to the list this year is Bravo favorite and Skinny Girl entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel.

There are some familiar faces among this group, like Marg Helgenberger, whose 12-year-long run on CSI has kept her on the list for many years. Then there are rising stars like Zooey Deschanel, who has become a new comedy force to be reckoned with on Fox’s New Girl.

Last year’s list was topped with a tie between Eva Longoria and Tina Fey. The actresses come in third and fifth, respectively, this year. Check out the entire list below: READ FULL STORY

Melanie Lynskey and Ed O'Neill are leaving on a jet plane to New Zealand

When was the last time you actually paid attention to an airline safety video? Been a while? Well, Air New Zealand is hoping to change that, thanks to some help from a couple of celebs.

Backed by some music from The Naked and Famous, your hosts for this new animated in-flight safety video are Ed O’Neill (Modern Family) and New Zealand-born actress Melanie Lynskey (Up in the Air). And Melanie seems a little… disappointed that her seatmate is the Married With Children veteran. “Oh… nice,” she says after he’s introduced himself. Whether she appears shocked/frightened to see him because he’s Ed O’Neill or because his head just appeared out of thin air is debatable.

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'So You Think You Can Dance': Can Jesse Tyler Ferguson please be the permanent third judge?

I know he’s busy (or busy relaxing) and probably can’t. But he’s so wonderful! The Modern Family actor, who’d guest-judged last season to rave reviews, took a seat beside Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe to charm us again on tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance.

He’s not well-versed in dancing, but TV’s Mitchell Pritchett had tons of commentary regarding pure performance value — which is really at least half the battle on any televised competition. Ferguson (it feels weird to call him that) remarked on martial arts master Cole Horibe’s “intense and amazing” eyes and “major presence,” noticed Sam Lenarz’s “simmering sadness that came from underneath you in a beautiful way,” and even compared Cirque du Soleil dancer Eliana Girard to season 8 winner Melanie Moore — “she could draw you in just by being.” READ FULL STORY

Season Finale Awards: Vote now!

The polls are officially open in our third annual readers’ choice Season Finale Awards. Now through Monday, vote for your favorites — or least favorites — in 20 categories. We’ll crown the winners Tuesday. READ FULL STORY

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

Submitted by Dr. Bombay:

“Yes, my bad-boy prom date is gay. He just doesn’t know it yet, so I’m basically his beard. Pre-beard. His… stubble.” 

– Alex (Ariel Winter) on her gay prom date on Modern Family

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, May 23, and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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'Modern Family' season finale: A new addition

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Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched tonight’s season finale of Modern Family and want to stay in the dark, shoo! If you tuned in, keep on readin’. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family' season finale: We're having a baby!

On tonight’s season finale of Modern Family, entitled “Baby on Board,” we’ll finally reach an end to the Cam and Mitchell storyline that was teased last year and endured all season long: will the pair finally adopt a second baby? A boy, no less? We can expect to get our first look at the newest addition to the Tucker-Pritchett trio by the end of the episode, and with Cam and Mitchell recruiting Gloria to act as their translator during the adoption process, does that mean the baby will be joining the family from Gloria’s native Colombia? We’ve got a regular Jolie-Pitt clan in the works.

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PopWatch Planner: Will a girl finally win 'American Idol'? Plus: 'House' ends, and Will Smith is back!

TV finale season draws to a close this week, with The Celebrity Apprentice, Family GuyAmerican Idol, Dancing With the StarsModern Family, Glee, Revenge, and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23 all wrapping up their seasons, and House closing up shop for good. But as a bunch of doors close, some breezy summer TV programming whirls in through the open window, including the newly results-show-free So You Think You Can Dance on Fox going up against the new singing-with-a-music-star competition Duets on ABC.

Meanwhile, Will Smith returns to the multiplex after a four year absence, and the week kicks off with the music business celebrating its (quantifiably) biggest stars. Enjoy!  READ FULL STORY

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