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

Submitted by Juan:

“Please! She’s a gym teacher. She is to teaching what Dr. Seuss is to medicine.” 

– Alex (Ariel Winter) on Modern Family

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, May 16, and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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

Submitted by Anna Banana:

“It’s Toontown, not Toonton. You’ve been watching too much PBS.” 

– Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) to Cam (Eric Stonestreet) during a trip to Disneyland on Modern Family

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, May 9th, and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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

Submitted by Linds:

“You’re right, I should have used Helvetica. It much better represents the urgency of our situation.” 

– Cam (Eric Stonestreet) to Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) after creating a poster to help find their daughter’s lost stuffed animal on Modern Family

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, May 2, and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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

Submitted by Linds:

“Phil, do we really have to go through this again? I told you that I would do everything possible to make sure that your skeleton ends up in a science class at a women’s college.” 

– Claire (Julie Bowen) to Phil (Ty Burrell) on his instructions for handling his dead body on Modern Family

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, April 18th, and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Was Josh Brolin stupid enough?

In his opening monologue as host of Saturday Night Live, Josh Brolin said, “It’s just refreshing to come here and just be stupid… like really stupid. Like career-endingly stupid.”

Maybe that raised my hopes a little too much, because I kept waiting for Brolin to cut loose. The new star of the upcoming Men in Black 3 had some moments — his doctor in “The Californians” was perhaps inadvertently the best Jeff Bridges imitation I’ve ever seen. But he certainly didn’t seem to have to hurry through wardrobe to make one skit after another.

So Brolin has his work cut out for him in our season-long contest to determine the best SNL host. Our most recent poll was, by far, the most competitive. Four favorites — Jimmy Fallon, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, and Daniel Radcliffe — had flicked aside previous challengers, but when Sofia Vergara hosted last week, Daniel Radcliffe seemed vulnerable. D-Rad fans, however, rallied late in the game, saving The Boy Who Lived for another week. The surprise castaway: Maya Rudolph. (If I had a Save, I’d use it, Maya.)

Jimmy Fallon remained in first, but his support dropped to 27.3 percent of the vote. Vergara impressed with a 20.7 percent debut, and Melissa McCarthy was steady, with 20.4 percent. Radcliffe‘s late charge boosted his support from 10.8 to 17.4 percent, leaving Rudoph’s not-too-shabby 14.2 in last.

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 — Spielberg! — 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 Eli Manning on May 5. 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' 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

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