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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


TVLine Items: Malcolm's Mom Visits The Middle, Once Upon a Time Lands a Liar and More!

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Jane Kaczmarek will once more be in The Middle, though this time without Malcolm.

The actress, an Emmy nominee for her role on Fox’s Malcolm in the Middle, has been tapped to appear in a Season 4 episode of the ABC comedy …READ MORE


Fall TV Preview: The Middle Plans a Heck-tic Summer Vacay, Psycho Bunny & Brooke Shields

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ABC’s The Middle may have only scored a single Emmy nom this year — losing out to Game of Thrones for Outstanding Makeup for A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) — but executive producer Eileen Heisler says she and her coworkers handle the lack of recognition in major categories with the same optimistic “Midwestiness” exhibited by the show’s Heck family. …READ MORE


TVLine Items: Liza Minnelli Gets Arrested Again, New Middle Teaser, Once Recap Show and More

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Vertigo, schmertigo — Lucille Austero is back!

Liza Minnelli will reprise her role as Buster Bluth’s gal pal in Netflix’s upcoming Arrested Development revival …READ MORE


Finale Ratings: American Idol and SVU At All-Time Lows, Revenge Hits a 20-Week High

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American Idol‘s Season 11 finale — aka 127 minutes of foregone conclusion — drew 21 million total viewers and a 6.1 rating, marking this cycle’s largest audience since the premiere and best demo number since Week 2.

That said, the coronation ceremony was down 29 and 34 percent from Season 10′s …READ MORE


ABC Renews Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Grey's, Castle and Three Wednesday Comedies

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Thursday evening was ABC’s turn to make some noise, as the network officially renewed seven scripted shows for the 2012-13 TV season, including the freshman dramas Once Upon a Time and Revenge. … READ MORE


What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for Wednesday

THE MIDDLE - ""The Guidance Counselor" - Sue finds a kindred spirit in her awkward school guidance counselor, Jane Marsh (Whoopi Goldberg), who inspires her to reinvent herself. Meanwhile, Frankie is ecstatic when she and Mike buy a much needed new bed but is gobsmacked when her stubborn husband insists on assembling it himself; and Brick attempts to call the President to outlaw the Presidential Fitness Challenge, which would force him to accomplish some strenuous physical exercises at school, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/ERIC MCCANDLESS)
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On TV this Wednesday: Whoopi Goldberg is in The Middle, President Obama relives the Osama Bin Laden raid, Criminal Minds‘ Prentiss ponders a move, a double helping of The Beek and more. In addition to TVLine’s original features (linked within), we’ve singled out nine other programs to keep on your radar. READ MORE


ABC Comedy Scoop: Whoopi Visits The Middle, Modern Family's Lily Drops the F-Bomb and More

THE MIDDLE - ABC's "The Middle" stars Eden Sher as Sue. (ABC/DIANA KOENIGSBERG)

The showrunners for ABC’s current Wednesday comedy block held court at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Tuesday, and amid much analysis of the state of TV sitcoms, there was a smattering of scoop to be found. READ MORE


The 10 Most Underrated TV Performances of 2011

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When you think back on the year’s standout small-screen performances, no doubt you’ll think of Madeleine Stowe’s turn as a hot, hot piece of ice on Revenge. You’ll recall the Jim Parsons/Mayim Bialik tag team on The Big Bang Theory. You’ll hail the cast of Modern Family (possibly, in particular, in the warp-speed Christmas episode).

But since the holidays are a time for reflection, why not take TVLine’s lead and consider a few performances that you might have overlooked the first time around? READ MORE & VIEW GALLERY


The Cougar Town Cameos: Who Has Popped Up Where? (Now Updated With Hot In Cleveland)

ABC's Cougar Town will premiere its third season on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 8:30/7:30c.

If you’ve already fallen behind on Cougar Town‘s hotly-anticipated cameo tour across your favorite TV shows, fret not! TVLine is keeping tabs on each and every pit stop the Cul-de-sac Crew makes this season in this handy photo — and video! — gallery. READ MORE