Modern Family: ‘Up All Night’ Preview

December 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Modern Family returns on January 6 with a brand-new episode called “Up All Night.”
The comedy opens 2010 with guest star Benjamin Bratt of Law & Order fame, who plays Manny’s father Javier Delgado. After he arrives in town, Manny begins to stay up all night, which causes his mother Gloria much grief when she realizes what’s going on.
Elsewhere, Claire is forced to get her husband Phil emergency treatment when a bout of kidney stones hits him, and Mitchell and Cameron have a difficult time training Lily to sleep.

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2009 TV Yearbook

December 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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The end of the year is coming closer and everyone has their top 2009 list, this time coming from Poptimal another vote to Modern Family actors:

DRAMA KING & QUEEN: Rachel Berry & Cameron Tucker
Glee is arguably the debut show of the year, and its success is in large part due to its lead and her voice. As an unknown to relatively anyone outside of the Broadway world, Lea Michele was given the opportunity to fully mold and embody Rachel, the girl with the undeniable talent who is almost impossible to ignore. And never did TV make dysfunctional families look so good than on Modern FamilyEric Stonestreet steals scenes as Cam with his hilarious flair for the dramatic and his lovable individuality. Whether focusing on his devotion to his partner Mitchell, his love for newly adopted Lily or his enthusiasm as Fizbo the Clown, Cam is always the center of attention.

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Top TV Characters in 2009

December 22, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Pioneer Local listed their top TV characters for 2009 and guess who made the list:

6. Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) — “Modern Family” ABC

There’s no shortage of funny characters on “Modern Family,” but Mitchell just makes everything better the way he channels his family’s insanity as the “sane” one in the group. He’s what Michael Bluth was to “Arrested Development” but like Jason Bateman’s character, Mitchell might be normal, but he’s not without his quirks. One of the funniest episodes of “Modern Family” was Mitchell trying to recapture his glory figure skating days as one half of “Fire and Nice,” and secretly trying to see if he could pick up his sister. His sarcasm, self-doubt and cynicism is a nice dollop of reality on what otherwise would be too much crazy on one show.
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Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson: My Fave Five of 2009

December 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Movieline has asked Jesse Tyler Ferguson, hilarious star of ABC’s breakout hit Modern Family, to compile his five favorite pop culture things from 2009. Here is his list:

The Revival of Our Town Off-Broadway

True Blood

A Single Man

Neil Patrick Harris

Lady Gaga on American Idol

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“Modern Family” creator Steven Levitan talks about gay couple Mitchell and Cameron on hit comedy

December 19, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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As the gay marriage debate continues to rage in the United States, two gay dads played by Jesse Tyler Fergusonand Eric Stonestreet on ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family could be doing a lot to change hearts and minds.

Greg in Hollywood has an interview with “Modern Family” creator Steven Levitan that talks about this subject. Here are some of the interview highlights:

“I think once people watch the show, those are two characters who are very, very hard not to like and I think that has probably diffused any of the negative energy that people were feeling”.

“We haven’t had much pushback on it,” Levitan said. “There’s always a fringe element that before the show came out, you know, ‘let’s boycott ABC,” and it was probably like 20 guys in a cellar someplace.

Said Levitan: “We have an episode that will air in January in which Jay is with a bunch of his buddies and he runs into Cameron and he introduces him as a friend of my son and Mitchell takes great offense at that. And through dealing with that issue, I think they come to a better understanding. It’s a very funny episode that’s really about something.”

Ferguson is an openly gay actor who previously played a straight character on the CBS comedy The Class while Stonestreet is straight and among his many roles was a recurring part on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

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Fox Drops the ‘American Idol’ Bomb on ‘Modern Family’

December 18, 2009 by · 4 Comments
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Fox has decided to aim a missile directly at heart of ABC’s young comedy hit “Modern Family.”

The network Friday confirmed that it will move new drama “Human Target” from its originally announced 9 p.m. Wednesday time slot to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Its replacement: The “American Idol” results show, which had been set to air at 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

The shift could make it tougher for “Modern Family” — which is produced by Fox sibling 20th Century Fox TV– to gain momentum in the winter. The same is true for ABC’s “Cougar Town”.

Idol vs. Modern Family – who will win?
Good thing we have a DVR.

Source: The Wrap.

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‘Modern Family’ Helps 20th Spread Holiday Cheer

December 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Rather than send out one of those generic company e-cards that have become all too common this year, the fine folks at 20th Century Fox Television decided to help recruit the stars of “MF” to help spread some holiday cheer. And the results are quite hilarious, especially if you’re a TV biz insider.

The video e-card starts out with the “MF” cast members offering up pretty basic holiday wishes. And then, just when you’re about to surf away, up pops Gary Newman and Dana Walden, the chairs of 20th.

Check the e-card here.

Source: The Wrap.

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Photos – Modern 1.11 “Up All Night”

December 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Manny Modern FamilyModern Family returns with all new episodes on January 6th and Benjamin Bratt will be making a guest appearance as Manny’s father.

“Up All Night” – Gloria is less than pleased with Jay’s reaction to the arrival of Javier, Manny’s infamously unreliable dad. Meanwhile, Phil is suffering from kidney stones and his dramatics leave Claire no other choice but to call for the hot firemen to rush him to the hospital, and Mitchell and Cameron have a harder time than Lily as they attempt to sleep train her, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6

Source: TV Over Mind

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Familiar Faces in Fresh Formulas

December 17, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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What seemed in early fall a rare outbreak of inspired television writing has in recent months become something rarer—not an epidemic, exactly, but a season impressively stocked with creations drenched in wit and enterprise, all unmistakably reflective of a drive toward formula busting. These things are, of course, always relative. In television these days, one quality hit a season—especially in the impossibly snare-infested comedy genre—seems a lot; two is like breaking the bank.

Yet we’re now finishing a television year that has seen both the emergence of ABC’s uproarious“Modern Family” and its less dazzling but wonderfully mordant lead-in, “The Middle,” about another kind of modern family—a brew of consistent charm and character with a bracing hint of nightmarish reality underlying its sitcom fun. Add to these the most unexpected gem of all—NBC’s “Community,” a satire set in the unlikely precincts of a community college. Its creator, Dan Harmon, was, by his own account, inspired by the semester he once spent at one in pursuit of an effort to strengthen ties with his girlfriend. That relationship didn’t work out in the end, but, happily, the same can’t be said of this whip-smart series about an improbably compelling band of adults taking classes at a sunny academic hell called Greendale Community College.

These were comedies that lit out for new territory and that delivered, at least, persuasive approximations thereof. Of none was this truer than that creation of old “Frasier” hands Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, “Modern Family”—a hugely ambitious, hilarious and royally self-assured enterprise involving three family-connected couples. So seductive are each of these portraits, it’s become clear as the series runs on, that the show’s only problem is finding a way to fit all of them, and their delectable situations, into a satisfying share of what is, after all, only a half-hour format.

Read the Full story on the WSJ.

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Top TV of 2009: What’s the Best Scripted Television Series of the Year?

December 17, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Vote for “Modern Family” as the best scripted TV show on E!

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