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'Modern Family' on ABC - New TV Pilot Preview

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 7th 2009 2:30PM

What should you expect from the new TV shows coming this fall? Read our first impressions of ABC's 'Modern Family' starring Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen and more ...

Note: This is not a review, merely our first impression of an unfinished product. A show can go through many changes between the pilot stage and its official broadcast debut.

'Modern Family'

Premise: This clever comedy focuses on three modern, but very different, families -- parents of three, struggling to keep their kids from growing up too fast; a mismatched newlywed couple, both on their second marriages; and a gay couple who has just adopted a baby girl from Vietnam.

Cast: Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson

What Works: There are certainly enough scenarios between the three households to fill seasons upon seasons, but for starters, we're really loving Bowen as the neurotic taskmaster and Burrell as her oblivious husband. Shooting your kid with his plastic gun as punishment for him shooting his sister? Brilliant.

What Doesn't: The relationship between Vergara, as the fish-out-of-water hottie from Colombia, married to older man O'Neill definitely has some room for growth -- but hey, they are the newlyweds of the bunch.

Our Excitement Level (Out of 10): 10

Premiere Date: Wed., Sept. 23 at 9PM ET on ABC

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