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Ty Burrell: Divine Delusions

After years of appearing in television series and films, often as less savory characters you prefer to root against, Ty Burrell is flying high as well-meaning but clueless patriarch Phil Dunphy on the Emmy-winning, hit ABC mockumentary Modern Family, which...

Julie Bowen: Juggling Two Husbands and Six Kids

This feels like Julie Bowen's big television moment. Obviously she's a star already -- audiences have been loving the actress for years through her recurring roles on shows like Boston Legal, Lost and Weeds and in major movie roles opposite Adam Sandler an...

Ty Burrell: The Whack Dad Who Thinks He’s The Rad Dad

Portraying well meaning but bumbling patriarch Phil Dunphy on ABC's hot new sitcom Modern Family (which debuts tonight at 9 PM Eastern), the funny Ty Burrell gets to ham it up every week as a delusional dad who thinks he's as hip and current as his kids. B...

The New York Television Festival Turns Five

Four years ago I wrote my first feature for the New York Times ("Small-Screen Sundance"), about an ambitious new event called the New York Television Festival. Founder Terence Gray and his associates wanted to do for independent television what festivals like ...