TV News & Notes: Duggar Baby Drama Opens New Season, Modern Family’s Point & More

by | January 24, 2011 at 11:59 AM | 19 Kids and Counting, Modern Family, TV News, TV News & Notes

All the TV News you need to know today, with a twist…

Duggar Drama: At the start of tonight’s season premiere of “19 Kids and Counting,” there’s some pregnancy drama among the Duggars. What else would you expect? The show opens (watch a sneak peek here) with Michelle debating whether to celebrate daughter Jessica’s 18th birthday by going skydiving with her. The catch? She can’t jump out of a plane unless she’s not pregnant, and there’s a sense she might be. However, according to an exclusive chat with E!, the test came up negative and Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are not planning to have their 20th child. But this new season does promise plenty of action for fans, including baby Josie’s first words and steps, an adventure to Central America, and the arrival of a second grandchild…

Dear Vodka: Sunday’s AFC Championship game on CBS between the Steelers and Jets had a 31.3/46 rating – in other words the highest rating in the metered markets for the AFC Championship in 24 years… Farewell to fitness guru Jack LaLanne, who died at age 96, from respiratory problems, at home in Calfornia. He was America’s toughest and favorite trainer long before Jillian Michaels and promoted healthy nutrition. Pity his jumpsuits never caught on…We will be live streaming the Academy Award nominations Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. EST…In case you missed it, the weekend’s hottest clip was of “Late Show” host David Letterman partaking in guest Betty White‘s favorite hobby – drinking vodka…
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Big Thoughts: The NY Times ran an excellent story about what “Modern Family” says about modern families. With high ratings and six Emmys, it asks the question, “What aspects of contemporary life has it tapped into?” Immersion in technology, for one. Self-analysis. And emotion. The story’s best line is a quote from executive producer Steve Levitan, who “summarized his show’s philosophy, ‘Don’t be afraid of a hug, but make sure you earn it.’” That’s a good motto for anyone, not just a TV series…

Shocker: Can’t believe Regis Philbin wouldn’t get a pay raise. Didn’t NY Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter have this same issue?… In case anyone cares, over the weekend departed MSNBC host Keith Olbermann changed his Twitter page…Funniest tweet Monday morning from Judd Apatow: “I am done. kourtney and Chloe is on and I need to focus.”

Big Question: The fifth and final season of the HBO series “Big Love” is underway (the second episode aired Sunday night), with star Bill Paxton telling the L.A. Times he’s “relieved I got through the season in one piece. It’s a very hard role to perform for six months every year.” Hey, how about those of us who perform our role 12 months a year? So why is the show ending after five seasons when Paxton admits he signed a six-year deal? “That’s the $64,000 question,” he said. “I would have been glad to come back for one more season, but we were able to bring it to a conclusion.” Huh? …
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What To Watch Hot List: Monday
Catch Up: Big Love
Season Finale: Next Great Baker: The Big Finale
Season Premiere: 19 Kids and Counting
Season Premiere: RuPaul’s Drag Race
Red Hot: Skins