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ABC/Jill Greenberg(LOS ANGELES) -- Hard to believe that after spending a remarkable 11 seasons on air, Modern Family ends Wednesday night.  The sitcom has left an indelible mark in television since it first aired in 2009, scoring a whopping five Emmys for best comedy.

Actor Nolan Gould, who has been an integral part of the show since he was 10, spoke to ABC Audio about what the past 11 years have been like and, more importantly, what he's learned from the decade-long experience.

"The cast crew will forever be part of my life and the experiences and the memories," Gould gushed.  "It’s changed me, like, to the core."

Beyond missing his fellow co-stars and crew members, there is something -- above all else -- that he is going to miss dearly.

"Free Food. Free food is pretty awesome. I've made out like a bandit over the years," he laughed before admitting that he shamelessly took advantage of it.

"Sometimes, like, I bring Tupperware in with me and like, you know, we have leftovers. Like I bring it home with me," he explained with a smile.  "That’s great, especially as a young man, 21 years old, that's how I survive."

Free food aside, saying goodbye to Modern Family is sentimental and bittersweet for Gould.  He also finds it a little terrifying. "I'm going to be unemployed for the first time in eleven years," the 21-year-old confessed.  

Thankfully, he's been saving his paychecks and plans to use those funds to help him secure his next step in his acting career. But, he's still keeping his options open and isn't above a shameless plug.  

"I've got some resumes if you guys know anybody passing out. Keep an ear to the ground for me," he joked.

Modern Family airs its final episode Wednesday 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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20th Century Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan Reynolds continues his dominance of feel-good COVID-19-era social media, to give us more to smile about during the lockdown. 

This installment comes via what he tweets is a "weirdly appropriate" clip of his movie Free Guy, the release of which was bumped from July 3 to December 11, because of the pandemic. 

The hook of the film is that Reynolds' character Guy doesn't know he's what gamers know as an NPC -- a non-player character, as in the background characters who live their daily lives amid the ultraviolence players unleash in games like Grand Theft Auto

The clip shows Guy eating his breakfast before a normal day at work, while a TV anchorman calmly discusses "a warm and sunny" Sunday, "with just a scattering of drive-bys," and other horrific calamities that seem perfectly normal to Guy, including a pair of military helicopters dogfighting right outside his apartment. 

The anchor also predicts a "great day for the beach," adding the caveat, "but not Hitman's Beach, which will be mined and sprayed with high-caliber fire from a renegade gunship stolen by a coked-up bandit and his band of bloodthirsty mercenaries."  

The clip appears to be an obvious comparison to the daily, real-life doom and gloom that's become normal during the coronavirus pandemic.

Directed by Shawn Levy, Free Guy also stars Killing Eve Emmy-winner Jodie Comer, JoJo Rabbit Oscar-winner Taika Waititi, and Lil Rel Howery.

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Walt Disney Television/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) -- Congratulations are in order for Hilaria and Alec Baldwin who are expecting their fifth child.

The 36-year-old announced the exciting news by sharing a sweet video of their baby's ultrasound with her Instagram followers on Monday. 

"I'll let the baby do the talking because I don't have the words to express how this sound makes us feel," Hilaria captioned the brief clip.

"Just got the great news that all is well and all is healthy with this little munchkin. I wanted to share this with you," she added. "Here we go again."

The baby on the way will be the fourth for Hilaria and fifth for Alec. Together the couple has daughter Carmen Gabriela, who is six, and sons Romeo Alejandro David, 23 months, Leonardo Ángel Charles, who is three, and four-year-old Rafael Thomas. Alec, 62, also has 24-year-old daughter, Ireland, from his previous relationship with Kim Basinger.

The "great news" comes almost after the couple suffered two miscarriages within the last year -- one in April 2019 and another in November 2019. 

"We are very sad to share that today we learned that our baby passed away at 4 months," the Mom Brain podcast host previously wrote alongside a video of her herself with daughter Carmen in November. "We also want you to know that even though we are not ok right now, we will be."

"We are so lucky with our 4 healthy babies—and we will never lose sight of this," the caption continued. 

These days Hilaria is social distancing with her family and loving it. 

She told People, "It’s wonderful because spending time with family is so precious...."

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CBS via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The cast of The Nanny reunited Monday to raise the spirits of fans who are in quarantine during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

In the video, entitled The Nanny Episode 1: Pandemic Table Read, the sitcom's co-creator and star, Fran Drescher, was joined for a table read of the premiere episode by her ex-husband and co-creator, Peter Marc Jacobson, as well as all of her former co-stars.

They included Charles Shaughnessy who played Maxwell Sheffield; Daniel Davis, the beleaguered butler Niles; Nicholle Tom, who played Maggie Sheffield; Benjamin Salisbury who played Brighton Sheffield; Madeline Zima, who played Grace, and Renee Taylor, who played Drescher's mom, among others.

Singer/songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway, who wrote the show's memorable theme song, was also on hand to perform it.

The only original cast member who did not join the table read was James Marsden, who appeared in the show as Maggie's boyfriend, Eddie.

Speaking to Variety, Drescher called the get-together a "once in a lifetime Pandemic Performance for our fans around the world who are currently stressing in isolation and could use a real upper!"

Incidentally, Drescher, 62, is also developing a Broadway musical version of The Nanny along with Jacobson. Adam Schlesinger and Rachel Bloom, who won an Emmy for their work on Bloom's series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, were set to write the music for the show but sadly, Schlesinger died last month from complications of COVID-19.

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ABC/Byron Cohen(LOS ANGELES) -- The stay-at-home order isn't starting to wear on Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.

The famous couple appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday in a socially distanced remote interview and dished on how they are holding up amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

"It was definitely getting to us a little bit," Teigen admitted. "We became more emotional about it, it just became a little real. It happened really fast … it’s fun to be able to be light-hearted and make jokes and try to make people happy and laugh about it, but then it really hits you and you go through these ups and downs."

The 34-year-old model has been holed up with her mother, Legend and their two children -- Luna, who turns four on April 14, and Miles, who will be two on May 16 -- in a rented beach-side California home.

"This is honestly unreal," the Cravings author said. "It’s just been an unreal, surreal experience for our family and everyone out there. So it’s just been crazy."

"We’re holding up fine," she added. "We are obviously making the best of it."

"I think the key for all of us is to love each other, take care of each other, and stay in touch with each other," chimed in. "Even though we can’t see each other in person, we can all virtually see each other, talk to each other, and make each other feel like we have each other we can hold on to."

When all of it's said and done, though, they hope the world becomes a better place. 

"If we can at least come out of this and change a bit, I think that would be a wonderful thing," Teigen shared.

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CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- CBS’ freshman drama All Rise is rising to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic with a virtual episode focusing on the pandemic, and impact social distancing is having on the criminal justice system. 

The episode will be filmed extensively using FaceTime, WebEx, Zoom and other available social media and online technology, according to the network. 

The story centers on Marg Helgenberger’s Judge Benner, who authorizes Judge Lola Carmichael -- played by Simone Missick -- to preside over a virtual trial involving a dispute between brothers and a stolen car. 

Jessica Camacho’s Emily will represent the defendant, a graffiti artist that Mark -- played by Wilson Bethel -- will prosecute. 

In a statement, the network said, "The show's consulting producer, former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti, is providing insight into how the justice system continues in Los Angeles, even during the pandemic. Throughout the episode, the series’ characters will be shown managing their 'new normal' of everyday reality at home, in order to continue their professional and personal lives, parallel to what the nation is currently confronting."

The episode airs May 4 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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ABC/Mike Rosenthal(LOS ANGELES) -- It's all fun and games until social distancing gets extended for another month -- just ask Ellen Pompeo's daughter Sienna May. 

The five-year-old took a minute to vent to her mother about how her three-year-old brother Eli Christopher was getting on her nerves, which Pompeo happily shared with her followers on Sunday in an Instagram post captioned, "Social distancing 101 from Sienna May #micdrop."

"He is so rude and it's just... he keeps testing me," Sienna explained in the adorable clip. "Eli, he keeps testing me. Even when I was four, he [kept] testing me and even now that I'm five, he [is] still testing me. Every day he is testing me."

When the Grey's Anatomy star asked what they should do about the situation, Sienna responded, "We should separate." An idea that Pompeo was fully on board with. 

"That's great idea," she agreed diplomatically. "Separate."

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Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Ezra Miller has garnered a lot of media attention lately and it's not for his acting. 

In a now-viral seven-second video, the Justice League actor appeared to grab a woman by the throat and proceed to shove her to the ground. 

"Did you want to fight?" Miller asked as the person filming attempted to verbally break-up the altercation.

"Whoa, bro. Bro," the bystander is heard saying before the video abruptly stops.

According to Variety, the incident occurred on April 1 at around 6 p.m. at a Prikið Kaffihús, "a trendy bar in central Reykjavik that Miller frequents when he is in town." A source at the establishment confirmed to the outlet that the altercation was serious enough that Miller was escorted off of the premises. 

So, what started it all? Apparently, a group of fans became "quite pushy" to the point where the 27-year-old Justice League star became upset and lost his temper.  He then took that frustration out on the young woman seen in the clip.

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NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Take two for Lady Gaga, who redeemed herself on Monday after last Wednesday's frazzled phone call on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  The "Stupid Love" singer apologized to Jimmy Fallon about the odd exchange, explaining "We weren't quite ready and we appreciate you being so nice about it." 

Now, with all her ducks in a row she was free to reveal more about her upcoming One World: Together at Home special, a two-hour event simulcast on ABC, CBS, and NBC that will be hosted by Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert on April 18.

The special is being touted as a "global broad entertainment special to celebrate the heroic efforts of community health workers and support the World Health Organization and the global fight to end COVID-19."

As for what inspired Gaga to create such a massive event, she told Fallon she wanted "to celebrate the courage of the human spirit" in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I want to highlight this global kind community that's coming together right now," Explained the 34-year-old singer.  "This is not just a historical moment in the history of humanity, but a cultural moment that's happening as well."

While the show itself is not a fundraiser, it has received $35 million in donations.  She and Fallon also chatted with Apple CEO Tim Cook during the interview, in which he pledged an additional $10 million for the cause.

It was previously revealed that those participating in the special include Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Latin superstar J Balvin, John Legend, country stars Kacey Musgraves and Keith Urban, Lizzo, soccer legend David Beckham, and actors Idris Elba, Kerry Washington and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

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ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- What's better than going to a Broadway show? Having the Broadway show come to you.

That's exactly what happened when John Krasinski reunited the original Hamilton cast on Some Good News, his new YouTube series, much to the delight of a 9-year-old girl named Aubrey.

The Quiet Place director brought Aubrey on his show after she was unable to see the Broadway show -- her favorite -- on tour due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As the trio joked about how Aubrey watched Krasinski's wife, Emily Blunt, in Mary Poppins Returns in lieu of the Tony-winning musical, Krasinski revealed that they were sending Aubrey and her mom to New York City to see Hamilton on Broadway when the COVID-19 quarantine is lifted. Though she was thrilled, the surprises didn't end there.

That's when Lin-Manuel Miranda himself joined the Zoom video chat. Miranda -- who starred alongside Blunt in the Mary Poppins sequel -- joked that he could "top that right now."

After this, the original Hamilton cast began popping up as they sang "Alexander Hamilton," the hit musical's opening number. Joining the show's creator were Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Javier Muñoz, Leslie Odom Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Phillipa Soo.

Star power aside, Krasinksi's homebrew news show also delivered some good news regarding people providing life-saving gear for first responders, and other cheerful tidbits.

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ABC/Nicole Wilder(TEXAS) -- Alright, alright, alright! The residents of The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living center in Round Rock, Texas got quite a surprise when their Sunday game of bingo was called by none other than Matthew McConaughey. 

According to local ABC affiliate KVUE-TV, the Oscar winner was asked by the facility to participate back in its Sunday bingo game back in September, and now that the native Texan is at home with his family during the COVID-19 lockdown, he used the video conferencing app Zoom to make it happen. 

Video of the star, along with his mother, Mary, and his wife Camila, and their kids, calling the game -- to the delight of the residents -- was posted to Facebook. 

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ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- 50 Cent is making more "power" moves at Starz. On Monday, the premium cabler announced they had given a series order to the drug trafficking drama Black Mafia Family.

The series, which has been in the works at Starz since 2016, is inspired by the Black Mafia Family -- also known as the B.M.F. -- a powerful drug trafficking organization that was broken up by the DEA in 2005. The organization had strong ties to hip-hop, and even had its own music and promotion company, BMF Entertainment, which promoted artists such as Young Jeezy.

According to Starz, the upcoming series will follow the real-life story of brothers Demetrius 'Big Meech' Flenory and Terry 'Southwest T' Flenory, who "rose from the decaying streets of southwest Detroit in the late 1980s and gave birth to one of the most influential crime families in the country." Black Mafia Family is said to focus on "love, family and capitalism in the pursuit of the American dream."

"I told you Black Mafia Family was coming and it’s going to be the biggest show on television," said 50 in a statement. "Meech and Terry are legends and I am excited to bring their story to Starz." 

Black Mafia Family falls under 50's overall deal at Starz. A premiere date for the series has yet to be announced.

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ABC TV(LOS ANGELES) -- With most businesses deemed non-essential shutting down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, that also means barbershops and hair salons are currently closed for business until the pandemic relaxes its grip on the nation.

Modern Family star Sofia Vergara revealed on Sunday that she felt her niece's hair was getting too unruly and, without being able to seek professional intervention, took the matter into her own hands.

"Cuarentena times," joked Vergara against a slideshow of her taking a pair of scissors to niece Claudia Vergara's long blonde hair. 

Turns out, the 47-year-old actress was not a fan of the split ends, as indicated in the "before" picture.

A behind-the-scenes video of the impromptu haircut in her Instagram Stories shows Vergara kneeling to make sure she gives her niece the a nice and even trim.

Turns out, Sofia does have a steady hand when it comes to wielding a pair of scissors, to which she proudly showed off in the "after" photo showing Claudia's neat and uniform ends. 

Turns out Auntie Sofia was so proud of her professional trim, she bragged about it in a subsequent post that featured the caption "Wow, perfect hair."

The Vergaras aren't the only celebrities to have experimented with their hair during quarantine.  Artists like Pink and Blake Shelton have also opted to give themselves a makeover -- albeit more radical than Claudia's.

Pink admittedly buzzed her hair after a couple of drinks while Shelton allowed girlfriend Gwen Stefani to give him a striped "quarantine mullet."

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ABC Image Group/LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Leave it to Jameela Jamil to say it's okay to not put any pants on now that the world is staying safely at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The Good Place actress cheekily showed off how quarantine life has affected her wardrobe -- even when it comes to conducting important interviews and meetings.

"If you think I’m dressing from the waist down for zoom meetings then you must be drunk," Jamil cracked on her Instagram Sunday while uploading a video as evidence.

The video starts with the comedian being pressed on what she's up to, to which she calmly explains, "I'm about to talk to Harvard.  Live.  On Livestream."

When her wardrobe is praised, Jameela, who is wearing an "I [love] New York" tee shirt with a red and black blazer, hops up on her seat to show off that's all she's has on -- opting to skip the pants and shoes entirely. 

What's even funnier, besides the fact that the 34-year-old is perfectly made up from the waist up for her very important meeting, the video shows that she also touched up the area that would also be featured in the frame.

However, the space that wouldn't be seen on camera -- such as the front of her laptop -- is a disaster, as is the area off to her left.  

As most of the world is asked to work from home, most meetings and classes have been moved to online platforms like Zoom, which hosts multiple people and allows video and audio chat features. 

Thanks to Jameel, however, it just shows that just because a person may look put together and has a clean house on camera, what lies just out of frame might be a completely different story. 

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Ellen DeGeneres, whose daytime talker The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is returning today. 

DeGeneres shared the news via Twitter on Sunday, saying in a video recorded at her home, “I’ve always wanted to have this show as a distraction, as a break from whatever is going on. So if you’re feeling down, I want to lift you up. If you’re feeling trapped, I want to set you free. If you feel like you’re going in the wrong direction, I want to back the thing up.”

Ellen will be taping the show remotely from her home, following in the footsteps of other show hosts including Trevor Noah from The Daily Show, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel.

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