'Modern Family' stars negotiating huge raise; Barbara Walters is Betty White's roastmaster

modern-family-1012-320.jpgSome tasty tidbits of TV news:

-- The "Modern Family" leads are about to get a huge pay raise. The series' adult stars Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara are poised to negotiate their $65,000-per-episode salaries into the $200,000 range when their contracts are up this summer, and things could get ugly. Considering the show's success, they'll likely get a huge salary bump even if they don't clear $200k. [ The Hollywood Reporter]

-- Barbara Walters will have the honor of skewering everyone's favorite 90-year-old TV star, Betty White. Walters will serve as roastmaster for the Friar's Roast sendup of the actress. "It will be an afternoon filled with dirty words, risque jokes and sex talk ... and that's jhust what I plan on saying," Walters says.  [ Page Six]

-- Booted "X Factor" host Steve Jones has found his next TV role -- as guest anchor of "Entertainment Tonight." He'll sit beside Nancy O'Dell on Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29. [ Steve Jones/Twitter]

-- Eddie Cibrian isn't letting "The Playboy Club's" early cancellation get the best of him. The actor has booked a guest arc during Season 3 of "Rizzoli & Isles" as Dennis Rockmond, a motivational speaker who helps Isles let loose. [ TVLine]


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