The "Modern Family" + 1: Even though Sofia Vergara lost to co-star Julie Bowen in the supporting actress category at the 64th Emmy Awards, she certainly took the spotlight on Wednesday's season premiere of the ABC sitcom. Vergara’s character, Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, revealed that she was pregnant at her husband's 65th birthday. Despite making it clear that he didn't want any surprises for his birthday, the dad-to-be took the news unusually well.
"Glee" goes Vogue: "Sex in the City" starlet Sarah Jessica Parker made a guest appearance on the Fox series' third episode, "Makeover," as a Vogue.com editor. As Kurt's mentor, SJP attempts to sway Chis Colfer's character to pursue fashion rather than Broadway while breaking out in song. Naturally.
Heavyweight competition on "X-Factor": On Thursday's episode, one contestant shocked the judges with both his inspirational story and the performance that followed. Freddie Combs of Greenville, Tenn. explained to the panel how he almost died in 2009, after his weight reached 920 lbs. Currently weighing 540 lbs., Combs took the stage in a wheelchair and performed a rousing rendition of "Wind Beneath My Wings." All four judges provided Combs with the golden "yes," moving him onto the next round of the competition.
"Grey's" singin' the blues: After a fateful plane crash ended season 8 with a lot of unanswered questions, Thursday's season premiere of "Grey's Anatomy" revealed that Mark Sloan has died. McSteamy had been in a coma for 30 days and according to his wishes, he was taken off of life support. Next week’s episode will backtrack to what happened during the month that passed before the doctors were rescued.
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