ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ a freshman hit

February 8, 2010 by
Filed under: reviews 

A young man arrived at Ty Burrell‘s hotel room to stock the minibar and immediately recognized the co-star of the ABC comedy “Modern Family.”
He loved the show.
Thanks, Burrell replied. The man went on to quietly describe how his family gathered each week to watch “Modern Family” together, and because of those group viewings, he was getting to know his younger siblings better.
“I know we’re not curing cancer,” said Burrell, who portrays the earnest goofball dad Phil Dunphy, “but it feels nice to see people affected by the show.”
“Modern Family” is the most critically acclaimed and popular new comedy of the TV season, the centerpiece of ABC’s Wednesday lineup and already renewed for a second season. Not only does it fulfill a comedy’s central mission — provide genuine laughs — it nudges preconceptions and isn’t afraid to show some heart amid a sea of snark and irony on television.
More than heart was on display one recent evening when “Modern Family” commandeered a Los Angeles hotel lobby to shoot some scenes. Hoots and hollers from crew members alerted those whose heads were turned the wrong way that they had missed actress Julie Bowen streaking across a room clad only in a bodysuit.
Bowen, who portrays Claire Dunphy, was about to film a scene in which she’s supposed to be naked underneath a trench coat. You’ll just have to watch the episode that airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST to find out why.

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