A good day for the Dunphys on 'Modern Family'
September 29th, 2011
01:17 PM ET

A good day for the Dunphys on 'Modern Family'

I don't know about you, but I couldn't help but cheer Phil Dunphy as he went across that tightrope on Wednesday night's episode of "Modern Family."

Sometimes, these characters surprise you and despite his trademark klutziness with the balancing pole, Phil managed to set a goal for himself and achieve it – jazz shoes and all.

The Dunphys needed a win after the day they had. My first co-MVP this week, Claire, got into an epic argument with the school traffic cop after getting a ticket, even to the point of tearing the ticket up and throwing it in her face (Julie Bowen may want to prepare a second Emmy acceptance speech for next year).

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Marilyn Monroe's wedding ring joins auction
Marilyn Monroe pictured at her Englefield Green home in 1956.
September 29th, 2011
01:13 PM ET

Marilyn Monroe's wedding ring joins auction

One lucky lady may get one heck of a holiday gift this year. Marilyn Monroe’s diamond wedding band from Joe DiMaggio will be auctioned in December, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The platinum eternity band set with 35 baguette-cut diamonds will be sold through auction house Profiles in History, and will be included in December’s Hollywood icons sale.

The ring is expected to fetch between $300,000 and $500,000.

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Sherri Shepherd really likes brushing her teeth
September 29th, 2011
12:59 PM ET

Sherri Shepherd really likes brushing her teeth

Sherri Shepherd might be the best spokeswoman ever. Either that, or she just really, really likes brushing her teeth.

We chatted with Shepherd about her recent wedding to Lamar Sally, but her oral hygiene - and her partnership with Oral-B - was just as important.

For example: Ask the "View" co-host about her Style Network wedding special, and you'll probably hear something about a toothbrush.

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The Throwback: VH1's 'Pop Up Video' returns
Alanis Morrissette's "Ironic" from "Pop Up Video's" original run.
September 29th, 2011
12:35 PM ET

The Throwback: VH1's 'Pop Up Video' returns

Following a decade-long hiatus, the iconic series "Pop Up Video" is returning to VH1.

Sixty all-new episodes will begin airing weekdays at noon starting Monday, October 3. The familiar format remains, and the only major updates are a new graphics package, a peppier version of the familiar theme song, and (of course) a new crop of music videos. The program's new incarnation will also allow viewers to DIY their own "pop up" videos and share them on Facebook and Twitter.

Just like the 1996-2002 version, four to five videos will air in each half-hour episode. Bubbles called "info nuggets" will pop up throughout each clip, containing trivial tidbits, snarky comments (often of the PG-13 variety) and other factoids.

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'Suburgatory' is familiar, but funny
September 29th, 2011
10:53 AM ET

'Suburgatory' is familiar, but funny

If “Mean Girls” and “Easy A” had a network TV baby, it’d probably look something like “Suburgatory.”

ABC’s new comedy follows Manhattanite Tessa and her single dad George as they relocate from their city digs to the 'burbs after George finds an unopened box of condoms in his daughter's room. Tessa, whose own mom left as soon as the umbilical cord was cut, finds the surgically enhanced, Lady Gaga concert attending, mall trolling moms the most foreign.

Cue the oft-played joke of a pink sweater-and-pearls soccer mom rapping along to a song about being a gangsta. You’ve seen it before, but the deadpan delivery is what sells it in “Suburgatory.”

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'X Factor': The good, the bad and the weird
September 29th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

'X Factor': The good, the bad and the weird

I really didn't think that Fox's "X Factor" could find more interesting people than it did the first week, but then I watched Wednesday's episode. It definitely gets better with time.

It's the second week of auditions, this time in Chicago and Seattle. The best WTH moment took place when a middle-aged lady took the stage and said that she wasn't there to sing. Rather she wanted to audition to be a judge!! The actual judges put up with her for a couple of seconds before they told her "no" and kept the show moving. I do give her credit for finding a unique way to get on stage in front of millions of people when singing was not an option for her.

I'm not quite sure if this show had more qualified singers than last week, but I'm certain it had more diverse singers. Here's who I'm betting will be most likely to succeed:

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