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'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Sofia Vergara giggles and jiggles

Saturday Night Live took an extended vacation after Jonah Hill‘s March 10 hosting gig, so when Sofia Vergara took the stage this past weekend, fans were eager to welcome her with open arms — though hopefully not with pulled-down pants, as she joked in her monologue. You suspected the show was going to acknowledge her thick accent and her deep cleavage, and the writers simply couldn’t resist such low-hanging fruit. (This is not necessarily a complaint.)

Vergara will need some goodwill to have any chance of cracking this season’s Core Four, the quartet of hosts who have dominated our competition to determine the season’s best guest. Despite some good sketches and a hit movie in theaters, Jonah Hill managed only 9.4 percent of the vote, following Alec Baldwin, Ben Stiller, and Emma Stone out the door. Jimmy Fallon extended his lead over former cast mate Maya Rudolph, scoring 35.0 percent to her 22.1 percent. Melissa McCarthy stayed within striking distance, with 21.8 percent, while Daniel Radcliffe held off Hill’s challenge to stay in the mix with 10.8 percent.

Below, I’ve embedded one clip for each of the five remaining hosts, as reminders of their recent performances. How do you possibly grade them against each other, ignoring guest cameos and fluctuating writing? My rule of thumb: “Do I want to see them come back and host again next season?” At the very least, try to be objective and don’t reward or penalize a host for their latest movie or TMZ.com photo. It’s all about Saturday night. Vote below, and the four top vote getters will advance to compete against Josh Brolin on Saturday. Ultimately, we’ll crown the Saturday Night Liveliest host at the end of the season. Watch and vote below. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: An ad-tastic show, featuring Sofia Vergara and... Gilly?

About a year ago, Kristen Wiig announced that she was going to retire two of her most famous SNL characters: fast-talking one-upper Penelope and bubble-haired, mischievous Gilly. As it turns out, this declaration was nothing more than a Gilly-style prank: Last night, the grinning grade schooler returned to wreck havoc on Studio 8H once again. The resulting sketch was one of the episode’s few missteps. (There’s a reason Gilly should have gone to that big classroom in the sky.)

But overall, Sofia Vergara’s first outing as host of Saturday Night Live was solid and consistently funny — a pleasant surprise, considering the less-than-impressive promos that heralded her arrival. Modern Family‘s Emmy-nominated star was an energetic, enthusiastic presence, and the show’s writers didn’t reduce her to a pair of boobs with a Spanish accent. The show did lean a little heavily on sketches that skewered ads — we got three pre-taped commercial parodies, including old stalwart “Lil’ Poundcake”; one (awful) skit about a news team filming a promo; and a segment in which Vergara and new featured player Kate McKinnon filmed a Pantene spot. Maybe this ad overload was a commentary on Vergara’s bottomless well of endorsements: the actress was onscreen during commercial breaks as often as she was when the show was actually airing.

The episode got off to a strong start with a better-than-usual Mitt Romney cold open. As the Republican worked harder and harder to ingratiate himself with special interest groups, the sketch got increasingly absurd; I especially loved when Jason Sudeikis-as-Romney started extolling the virtues of adult onset diabetes. After he sent us into the credits with SNL’s iconic opening words — “Hey, New York, let’s start the show!” it was time for Vergara’s monologue, a low-key segment stocked with a few great punchlines. Welcome Sofia with pulled-down pants by watching the monologue below: READ FULL STORY

Sofia Vergara hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

Get ready for cleavage, mangled English, and a whole lot of yelling: Modern Family star Sofia Vergara is hosting SNL for the first time.

Though the promos released earlier this week don’t look particularly promising, I’m hoping that we’ll see Vergara show a bit of versatility on tonight’s show. After all, the woman is a two-time Emmy nominee — and she has crack comic timing in two languages, which is no easy feat. (Lindsay Lohan couldn’t manage to sink a punchline while speaking English exclusively.) If SNL‘s writers let her flex her comedic muscles and don’t strictly stick to jokes about accents and hotness, Vergara could really shine. Maybe in one sketch, she could even play a character who isn’t specifically South American! Can you imagine? READ FULL STORY

Sofia Vergara's 'Saturday Night Live' promos: Get ready for muchos accent jokes

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Ay, dios mio! The hermosa Sofia Vergara is hosting Sabado Night Live this week, and hey — did you know that she’s from Colombia? Because if this clip is any indication, April 7′s SNL might as well be called An Hour and a Half of The Manuel Ortiz Show, Whether You Like It or Not.

There are two kinds of quips in the following promo reel, which also features cast member Jason Sudeikis:  jokes about Vergara’s accent, and jokes about how hot she is. Granted, SNL episodes that focus on the host’s stratospheric attractiveness can still be funny; see Jon Hamm’s outings for proof. But the “Isn’t Spanish hilarious?” undertone here gives me pause — mostly because I worry that we’re in for a whole lot of Fred Armisen pretending to be various ethnicities. Watch the video yourself to see what I mean: READ FULL STORY

'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' 'Bridesmaids,' 'Modern Family,' '30 Rock,' lead Comedy Awards nominations

The nominations for the second annual Comedy Awards were announced today. Television series Modern Family and 30 Rock and films Bridesmaids and Crazy, Stupid, Love all lead the pack with five nominations apiece, while Louis C.K. also picked up five nods, three of which come from his FX series Louie.

Nominees for the awards were selected by the Comedy Awards Board of Directors, which include high-profile comedians like Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Carol Burnett, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, and Lily Tomlin, according to Deadline. The Comedy Awards will be presented on April 28 in New York City and will air May 6 on Comedy Central. Choice nominees are below. The full list is available on the Awards’ official site. READ FULL STORY

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog crashes the Golden Collar Awards -- VIDEO

A few days after claiming the Golden Collar Awards were “fixed,” Conan O’Brien’s cigar-chomping canine correspondent Triumph the Insult Comic Dog crashed the Jan. 13 ceremony. The footage finally made it to air last night on Conan. Behold the irascible mutt as he accuses a tiara-clad Cavalier King Charles spaniel of having “work done” (you’ll have to watch to see which TV personality he holds up as her “Before” picture), makes below-the-collar accusations about Blackie the Doberman from Hugo, and accosts a Real House Pet of Beverly Hills. But which prime-time pooch finally takes Triumph down a peg? Find out after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Today in 'Yes please!': Britney Spears on 'Modern Family'

As Glee and How I Met Your Mother have handily demonstrated, a Britney Spears cameo is kind of a big deal. Modern Family producers, who are now facing down the barrel of an online fan campaign, would be smart to consider the pop star for a role.

It all started yesterday when Spears tweeted, “I know everybody is excited about the Super Bowl, but I personally can’t wait to see the next episode of Modern Family! Funniest show on TV.” Almost immediately, desirable Family star Sofia Vergara retweeted the post, then Spears’ manager followed up two hours later, asking the fans, “@BritneySpears on Modern Family? What do you guys think?” READ FULL STORY

Standing on the shoulders of f--ing giants: 'Modern Family' and the TV obscenity that paved its way

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Modern Family was the most recent TV show to stir up controversy last night when 2-year-old Lily horrified her parents (and the Parents Television Council) by learning her first four-letter word (rhymes with “muck”). With those four letters, Modern Family joined a long tradition of small-screen swearing. In 1972, comedian George Carlin put forth a treatise called “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.” Now, 40 years later, how many of those prohibitions have held up? READ FULL STORY

Contrarian Corner: Get out of your comfort zone, 'Modern Family'! (And fix that step!)

Television, if you think about it, is like one big, crazy extended family. You’ve got your stern, but lovable dad (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood), your kooky aunt (30 Rock, Cougar Town — welcome back!), your hip, urban-dwelling cousin (Happy Endings, New Girl), your drunk uncle (Saturday Night Live, Mad Men), and the relatives that no one dares to bring up at reunions and get-togethers (Sister Wives, Jersey Shore). If that’s the case, that makes Modern Family everyone’s over-achieving, award-winning, incredibly wealthy older brother. “Why can’t you be more like Modern Family?” (Fiiiiine, we get it, Emmys and Golden Globes. But sheesh, give little siblings like Parks and Rec their time to shine, too!)

But it’s not Modern Family‘s domination of the awards ceremonies that has Contrarian Corner calling it over — with love and admiration, mind you — for a heart-to-heart. After all, their insanely talented writers and actors no doubt deserve the accolades that have come their way. (Of course, in true one-upping older sibling fashion, they even make their acceptance speeches fantastic and hilarious. You just can’t win, kid sisters.)

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Video Diary: Golden Globes night with Rico Rodriguez and his 'Modern Family'

For the second part of Rico Rodriguez’s Golden Globes video diary, the young actor (who plays Manny on Modern Family) offered EW an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at his prep routine on the big night as well as is the celebration he and his Modern Family castmates took part in after their show took home the award for best comedy. (If you missed it, click here for part 1.) READ FULL STORY

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