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Ratings: Modern Family Returns Strong, Is Good to Its Neighbors; CSI, SVU and Minds Hit Lows

MODERN FAMILY - Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning "Modern Family" returns for its fourth season, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.  In the Season 4 premiere, "Bringing Up Baby," Jay's birthday is upon us again and, as before, he makes it well-known that he wishes to keep it as low key as possible, with no grand gestures or surprises. But leave it to the family to miss the mark yet again! Phil takes Jay on a very unconventional fishing trip with his buddies, and Gloria struggles with how to break the pregnancy news to him. Meanwhile, Dylan moves into the Dunphy household temporarily, and Mitch and Cam decide to look into adopting a cat as they continue to cope with their failed attempt to adopt another child. (ABC/PETER "HOPPER" STONE)
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The Modern Family ties are still strong, as the ABC comedy returned on Wednesday to 14.2 million total viewers and a 5.5 demo rating, dominating the night and dipping just a few percentage points from its year-ago opener.

Alas, that set up ABC’s Neighbors — which TVLine readers gave an average grade of “D” — for a solid debut …READ MORE


Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Grey's Anatomy, CSI, Fringe, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS: LA and More!

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How will a reduction in the head count affect the guys of Grey’s Anatomy? How does high drama personally impact Ted Danson’s CSI? Will Broyle join in Fringe‘s future fight? Read on for answers to those questions plus other teases from hot shows. GET THE INSIDE LINE!


Fall TV Preview: The CSI Team's Lives and Hearts Are at Stake, But Whom Can They Trust?

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When CSI signed off last May, Elisabeth Shue’s Finlay found herself literally in the arms of the enemy when a potentially dangerous detective started to get up close and personal with her. So just how will the investigator get out of harm’s way — and save Russell’s (Ted Danson) granddaughter in the process — during the Sept. 26 season premiere (CBS, 10/9c)? READ MORE


Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Grey's, Glee, Gossip Girl, Big Bang, CSI, Pretty Little Liars and More

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Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: How will Meredith deal with Lexie’s death on Grey’s Anatomy? —BP
Ausiello: She deals with it by throwing herself into her work — and taking a hard line with the fresh crop of interns. “I don’t know if she’s angrier or meaner, but she’s a lot more no-nonsense,” explains exec producer Shonda Rhimes. “She doesn’t have a lot of patience for less than perfect. She’s very good at what she does, and after her experience in the woods, takes saving lives very, very seriously.” Mer won’t be in denial forever though. Rhimes tells me that there’s a …READ MORE & GET SPOILED


CBS Sneak Peeks: The Mentalist's Face-Off, CSI Tracks Down [Spoiler] and CSI: NY Is On Fire

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‘Tis the season for photos from the fall’s big season premieres to trickle out, including these pics from three CBS crime dramas: The Mentalist, CSI and CSI: NY. READ MORE & VIEW PHOTOS


TVLine Items: Play the Community Video Game, CSI Promotes Recurring Player and More!

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Holy awesomeness, Human Beings!

A streets-ahead Community superfan has created a real-life version of the 8-bit video game played by the Greendale Gang in …READ MORE


TVLine Items: Young Hollywood Award Nominees, CSI Vet's New Deal, Lost Girl Renewed and More!

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The 14th annual Young Hollywood Awards are being held Thursday, June 14 in Los Angeles, and several TV faves are set to receive top honors.

Here’s a breakdown of the just-announced 2012 award recipients …READ MORE


Ratings: CSI Up in Finale, Modern Family Nips at Idol's Heels, Criminal Minds Dips

"Homecoming" -- D.B. Russell (Ted Danson, left), Barbara Russell (Peri Gilpin, center) and Conrad Ecklie (Marc Vann) all have their attention to the stage at this social gathering, on the 12th season finale of CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Wednesday, May 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS  ©2012 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

CSI closed out its 12th season with a total audience of 10.6 million viewers while winning its hour with a 2.4 demo rating, notching week-to-week increases of 9 and 4 percent. (That said, a rival network notes it was the CBS crime drama’s … READ MORE


What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for Wednesday

"Homecoming" -- D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) holds up a file that contains keys to the case, on the 12th season finale of CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Wednesday, May 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) 2012on the CBS Television Network.  Photo: Ron P. Jaffe/CBS  ©2012 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

On TV this Wednesday: Batman is Betty White‘s latest Rockers star, Apartment 23 is in a jam, Revenge flashes back, the CSI finale is gangbusters with guest stars and more. Here are eight programs to keep on your radar. READ MORE


TVLine Items: Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Scoop, George Eads Inks New CSI Deal and More!

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS - "If These Dolls Could Talk" - Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer search for the meaning of new clues leads them to a doll hospital that holds some very familiar looking dolls and a little boy that knows more than he leads onto. But what would bring Ali to such a creepy and weird location on her hunt for "A?" And what can the four girls learn about the secrets that are stashed away on the shelves between forgotten playmates. Meanwhile, Jenna's surgery brings about more than just the possibility of regaining her sight, in an all new episode of ABC Family's hit original series "Pretty Little Liars," airing Monday, March 12th (8:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT). (ABC FAMILY/ERIC MCCANDLESS)
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Pretty Little Liars kicks off its third season Tuesday, June 5 at 8/7c, and ABC Family has just released a juicy synopsis of the premiere. Here’s what to expect when we return to Rosewood: READ MORE