As you might have noticed, there’s been a bit of an episode change over at ABC regarding Modern Family. The March 10 and March 3 episodes have been swapped.
Here is the info about Modern Family 1.16 “Fears” – March 3rd:
FACING ONE’S FEARS IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE, ON ABC’S “MODERN FAMILY”
“Fears” – When Phil and Luke embark on a discovery expedition underneath the house, Phil tries not to let his fear of the dark and of creepy crawlies get the best of him. Meanwhile, Claire takes a nervous Haley to the DMV for her driver’s test, Manny’s sudden illness before a friend’s amusement park birthday party makes Gloria suspicious, and Cameron and Mitchell invite Lily’s pediatrician over for what turns out to be an anxiety-ridden brunch, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Note: This episode was originally scheduled to air March 10.
“Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sof’a Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy and Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado.
Guest cast Suzy Nakamura as Dr. Miura and Dale E. Turner as Jenkins.
Source: TV Over Mind
Co-creator Steve Levitan, one of the brilliant men behind “Modern Family,” talked to Zap2It at PaleyFest 2010:
Phil and Luke go on a treasure hunt underneath the house, but get more than they bargained for. It’s not pretty down there. Haley attempts to get her driver’s license for the third time, while Claire hilariously struggles to teach Alex how to dance in the parking lot. Meanwhile, Mitchell and Cameron invite their daughter’s pediatrician over for brunch, which devolves into “every gay father’s nightmare.”
“Fear” on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
The cast and crew of Modern Family (Steve Levitan, Jason Winer, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Eric Stonestreet) were the guests of the Modern Family panel at the Paley Festival last night.
If you want a full line by line of what happened – check The Futon Critic.
Here are some highlights from EW‘s visit to the panel:
Funny guy Ty Burrell earned the biggest applause from the audience. Sofia Vergara also got a cheer for not playing the typical golddigger and proved to be very popular among her coworkers. In addition to getting praised for her comedic skills, Burrell joked that “we Google her everyday.” “I’m Googling her right now,” Eric Stonestreet added.
Spoilers: Bowen recently filmed a scene at the Grove shopping plaza in Los Angeles, in which she gets into a brawl with a security guard. Fred Willard will return as Phil’s father.
Will Mitchell and Cameron ever show some physical affection for each other? Stonestreet said they’re too busy raising a child, but if the show goes on for many more seasons, it’ll happen “in due time.”
The cast of “MF” will travel to Maui to film an episode in about 10 days.
While there, it would be pretty convenient for Julie Bowen to just pop on over to “Lost” and film a return appearance as Jack’s (Matthew Fox) ex-wife. Perhaps Julie’s “Lost” character could shed a little light on this whole Jack-has-a-teenage-kid storyline? See the video below.
And here is Ty Burrell who is talking about Julie:
Eric Stonestreet from “Modern Family” was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show:
Executive producer Steve Levitan confirms that the entire cast will fly to Maui next week to shoot an episode slated to air in May.
“We’re going to show them on a family vacation,” reveals Levitan, adding that the trip coincides with Jay’s birthday. “Jay thinks that he and Gloria are going by themselves for this romantic getaway, and she surprises him by inviting the entire family.”
The first part of the two-part episode will be set entirely at the airport as they set off on their big trip. “Initially, we were just going to do [the airport episode],” explains Levitan. “And then as we were shooting it we decided that [viewers] would be somewhat disappointed if we didn’t follow through on the [actual] trip. So now the entire family is going to Hawaii.”
Award-winning actors Ed O’Neill (Modern Family), Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy), and Cameron Daddo (24), will star opposite their wives in special benefit performances of A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, Love Letters at the Westside Waldorf School in Pacific Palisades on March 12 and 13. All proceeds will go towards the school’s 8th grade class, who hope to tour Washington, D.C. and meet their Congressional leaders in May (culminating a year-long study of American history). The parents and students have spent the last three years trying imaginative ways to raise funds for their trip.
“We’ve had bake sales, sold t-shirts, made special lunches,” says Jack Wolcott, a class member who lives in Topanga, “and the play is going to help a lot.” The idea for the production came from eighth-grade parent Cameron Daddo who reached out to some fellow thespians.
“Ed and Isaiah are both fantastic fathers, husbands and supporters of Westside Waldorf School,” says Daddo. “I was happy that neither one hesitated to accept the invitation to do Love Letters, with their wives, who are fabulous actresses in their own right.”
Read the full story on Topanga Messenger
The WSJ has a great article about Modern Family; here are some of the highlights:
What do you call a mother of three, naked under her trench coat that gets caught in a hotel escalator just as she randomly bumps into her father and his much-younger Colombian wife whose 11-year-old son is trying to woo a girl with the help of his uncle, his uncle’s partner and their adopted Vietnamese baby daughter, who was dressed by one of her fathers in one of his feather boas for Valentine’s Day?
The new face of network-television family comedy.
The strong appeal stems, in part, from the many different types of characters for many different types of Americans to identify with. “The whole show is a send-up of contemporary culture, a mirror of the contemporary American family and something of an amalgam of many different sitcoms that came before it,” says Richard Dubin, a former TV writer who is now a professor at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
The writers dig into some of the tensions between straight parents and gay children that emerge even within the realm of relatives that love and mostly accept each other’s lifestyles. Jay cares about spending time with his son’s partner, but when the chosen activity is racquetball, he worries about being in a locker room with a gay man, telling the camera documentary-style, “I mean, for me it’s a locker room. For him, it’s a showroom.” When Cameron runs into Jay and his friends outside a restaurant, Jay introduces Cameron as a “friend of my son’s.”
“They have been so smart in the portrayal of what it means to be gay in a family that tries but sometimes fails to be totally welcoming,” says Jeffrey Richman, a writer who has worked with Messrs. Lloyd and Levitan on sitcoms like “Frasier,” and is gay.
In 2008, Messrs. Levitan and Lloyd were coming off a high-profile failure in “Back to You,” a workplace sitcom with big stars: Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton. Friends since they worked together on the staff of “Wings,” the writing partners would meet at their office and casually bat around ideas, telling tales about their wives and kids. “We were licking our wounds and we would just end up telling funny stories about what happened that weekend at home,” Mr. Levitan says.
Late that summer, they pitched the idea to Twentieth Century Fox Television, which wound up producing the show (and, like The Wall Street Journal, is owned by News Corp.). Mr. Levitan described a (slightly embroidered) incident when he went into his eldest daughter’s room to tell her to shut off the computer and go to bed, then heard a voice from the computer say, “Nice boxers, Mr. Levitan.” (She was Skyping with a friend.) This resurfaced in an episode of “Modern Family” when Claire, played by Julie Bowen, finds herself, in undergarments, getting ogled by her teenage daughter’s boyfriend who is hanging out in the daughter’s bedroom, via video chat.
Read the rest of the story on The WSJ.
Will Parenthood become the family of choice for the TV audience? Will you stick to Modern Family or finally discover “The Middle” ? With the end of the Olympics in sight, which family will win your heart?
Here is some info about the new family “Parenthood”:
It was once a feature film and then a television series that was quickly canceled but a decade and a half later inducted into the “Brilliant but Canceled” series. Now NBC is giving it a go once again. Brought to millions of televisions across the country (or so the network hopes), Parenthood features an all-star cast of television veterans who are playing one big, happy, colorful and somewhat dysfunctional family.
More info about Parenthood at Star Pulse.