‘Up All Night’ Creator Emily Spivey Joins ‘Modern Family’ Staff

June 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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“Up All Night” creator Emily Spivey has joined “Modern Family,” the ABC comedy’s executive producer Danny Zuker announced on Twitter.

Emily previously worked as a staff writer on Saturday Night Live from 2001 to 2010. She won an Emmy Award in 2002 and a WGA Award in 2008, both for her work on Saturday Night Live.

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‘Modern Family’ star creates bowties for a cause

February 28, 2013 by · 3 Comments
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Late last year, Emmy-nominated “Modern Family” actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his fiancé Justin Mikita launched Tie the Knot, a charity line of specialty bow ties with proceeds going to the fight for marriage equality.

The couple’s second collection went up for sale Tuesday morning on the Tie Bar Web site, which features bow ties bearing the name of Manhattan locations like The SoHo and The High Line.

Source: MSNBC


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Eric Stonestreet Straight: ‘Modern Family’ Co-Star Jesse Tyler Ferguson Calls Him ‘Gay For Pay’

June 6, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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The cast of “Modern Family” recently guested on “Inside the Actors Studio,” telling stories and trading laughs with the venerable James Lipton. One most interesting phrase that came up was “gay for pay,” which is how Jesse Tyler Ferguson describes his Emmy-winning on-screen husband, Eric Stonestreet.

“He’s straight in real life, and they pay him X amount of dollars to be gay! And wouldn’t anybody?”

Source: Huffington Post

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Modern Family, Glee Take Early Emmys

August 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Freshmen breakouts Modern Family and Glee dominated early at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday as Eric Stonestreet and Jane Lynch won statuettes.

Modern Family’s Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd also won best writing for a comedy series for the ABC hit’s first episode, “Pilot.”

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Lynchburg native’s comedic creativity lands Emmy award

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There’s nothing quite like laughing your way to a career milestone at the ripe old age of 30.

Just ask Lynchburg native Ryan Case, who has won an Emmy for Outstanding Editing for a Comedy Series for her work on the pilot episode of ABC’s “Modern Family.”

She’s the first woman to win the category, which was created in 2003.

Case says working on the popular show — which many in the industry have credited with reviving the sitcom genre — “might be even more fun” than actually watching it.

“I laugh all day,” Case, a 1998 E.C. Glass High School grad, said in a recent phone interview. “If you walk by my (editing) bay, you’d think I was crazy because I’m in this basement … and all you hear is me laughing out loud all the time.

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‘Modern Family’ writers want an ensemble-acting Emmy

July 23, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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The writers of “Modern Family” are exceedingly proud of the show’s 14 Emmy nominations. But if they had their way, the show would have at least one more.

Co-creator Steven Levitan and five of the show’s writer-producers sang the praises of star Ed O’Neill Monday night (July 19) at a Paley Center “Inside the Writers Room” event. According to them, O’Neill led the cast in deciding that they all should submit themselves as supporting actors or actresses — but he was the only one of the adult cast members not to score a nomination.

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‘Modern Family’ producer says iPad episode ‘went too far in hindsight’

June 6, 2010 by · 6 Comments
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A producer of ABC’s hit sitcom “Modern Family” said an episode that prominently featured Apple’s iPad went overboard in hyping the product.

“It may have gone a little too far in hindsight,” said Jeff Morton, a “Modern Family” producer who was speaking Saturday at the Producer Guild’s Produced By 2010 industry conference on the Fox lot.

Source: LA Times

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Alohahaha! Modern Family Boss Dishes on Tonight’s Hawaii Episode and Why He’ll Never Do a Spinoff

May 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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You’ve been credited in the press with saving the TV comedy genre. Does that bring on a certain amount of pressure?
A little pressure. I did another show with my partner a year or two ago, and they said that one was going to save the sitcom. In full dramatic fashion, we decided to knock the sitcom down a peg first before we saved it. I think we pulled that one off somehow.

Are you planning a Modern Family spinoff, or any other series?
No. I wanna focus on Modern Family right now. I feel so fortunate to be on a show that is somehow working in this day and age that I don’t dare want to jinx it by taking my eye off of it for a minute.

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‘Modern Family’ co-producers to speak at their alma mater, Wheeler School

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Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh, co-executive producers of the ABC sitcom “Modern Family,” are the commencement speakers for The Wheeler School in Providence, from which both graduated in 1990. Then Corrigan and Walsh both went on to New York University’s Tisch School of Arts, graduating in 1994.

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His Home Life Is Fodder for ‘Modern Family’

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Jewish Journal has an interview with Steven Levitan, co-creator and executive producer of ABC’s “Modern Family”. Here are some of the highlights:

In an interview, Levitan credited the success of “Modern Family” to its blending of diverse points of view. Levitan says he has “no filter” for his emotions; Lloyd, in his opinion, is reserved. Levitan believes that his own cultural sensibilities at times trickle down to the writing, while Lloyd sees no Jewish or religious sensibilities on the show.

“We certainly don’t delve into religion — second, after politics, on the list of show-killing topics – nor do we have any intention of doing so,” Lloyd wrote in an e-mail.

“One of our constant issues is, what level of fighting can these couples do?” Levitan added. He cited the remote-control argument between Claire and Phil: “They barely got into it, from my point of view, and Chris was like, ‘I think they’re too angry.’… But oftentimes, from our differences, the best [work] comes.”

Levitan, 48, acknowledges his strong cultural Jewish connection but says he is not religious. He grew up attending a Reform synagogue in suburban Chicago, where he aspired to become a writer from an early age. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, he took a job as a reporter at Madison’s ABC affiliate because “I wanted to be on TV,” he said sheepishly.

So, why aren’t any of the “Modern Family” members Jewish? Casting, Levitan said. “I don’t subscribe to the thinking that people won’t fall in love with a Jewish family,” he explained. “But when you have actors like ours, they don’t look Jewish or seem Jewish. So even if some of the humor seems Jewish, we’re not avoiding the issue to play to a mass market.”

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