Fred Willard Will Return to Modern Family

June 6, 2010 by · 5 Comments
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Fans of ever-smiling comedy icon Fred Willard will be pleased to learn that Phil Dunphy’s father Frank will be pulling his RV back into Modern Family next season thanks to a casting match made in heaven (with a little help from series star Ty Burrell).

“They said that I should be back, because they asked me for my photo to put in the hallway there on the set — that I’m part of the family now!” Willard tells TV Guide Magazine. The actor, who rose to prominence on the 70s series Fernwood Tonight and director Christopher Guest’s improved film oeuvre, credits Burrell for bringing him into the Dunphy clan.

Source: TV Guide

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‘Modern Family,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ lead TV critics’ nominees

June 4, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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“Modern Family” and “Glee” will be duking it out at another awards show later this summer.

The two first-year shows are among the leading nominees for the 2010 Television Critics Association Awards, which were announced Thursday (June 3). They’ll also be competing head-to-head in every category in which they’re nominated: Program of the year, outstanding comedy series, outstanding new series and the individual comedy award.

“Modern Family” has five nominations total, while “Glee” has four; “Family’s” Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet were both nominated for individual achievement in comedy, while Jane Lynch is the sole “Glee” representative in the category.

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Pondering an Emmy youth movement

June 1, 2010 by · 3 Comments
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The Primetime Emmys have no shortage of awards categories, yet young performers might not be getting the recognition they deserve — or that the Emmys themselves could benefit from.

There’s nothing preventing young talent from receiving supporting or even lead noms for primetime dramas and comedies, but no existing category specifically guarantees such kudos. That may not have mattered so much in the past, but with young viewership a priority for nets and cablers, some would argue it’s time to consider modifying Emmy rules to acknowledge this increasingly powerful demographic.

Thesps once referred to as juveniles and ingenues are acknowledged by the Daytime Emmys, which hands out statuettes for best younger actor and actress. On primetime, actors seemingly worthy of such recognition include Mark Indelicato (Justin, the flamboyant nephew on ABC’s “Ugly Betty”), Rico Rodriguez (Manny, Ed O’Neill’s deadpan stepson on ABC’s “Modern Family”) and Keir Gilchrist (Toni Collette’s gay son on Showtime’s “United States of Tara”). Even quite a few cast members of “Glee” would qualify if the Daytime Emmys’ cutoff age of 25 were applied.

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