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Ed O'Neill Discusses 'Modern Family's' Future

by Gary Susman, posted Jun 7th 2010 2:20PM
Ed O'Neill in 'Modern Family'Ed O'Neill has a pretty light schedule these days. He has a movie coming out on June 4, the documentary 'Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean,' which he narrates. Otherwise, he can relax until July 8, when 'Modern Family' will likely receive a slew of Emmy nominations (the Academy has enlisted his TV wife, Sofia Vergara, and 'Community's' Joel McHale to read the nomination announcements), and then, until the end of July, when the cast meets to begin filming the hit ABC comedy's second season.

O'Neill called TV Squad from his home in Los Angeles to talk about 'Modern Family's' Emmy odds, what to expect from season 2, the mysterious origins of the romance between his character and Vergara's and the show's long-term future. He also updated us on the whereabouts of his old castmates from 'Married... With Children.'

What would you say are 'Modern Family's' odds for Emmy success?

Oh, God, I have no idea. I've never won one. I've never even been nominated for one, so I wouldn't know. We won a Peabody, and we've won a couple of other things. But I don't follow that sort of thing. I don't know how it works, if it's a popularity thing. I think I'd be shocked if we weren't nominated for Best Comedy. For the individual awards, we're all in it for Best Supporting. I wouldn't have any way of knowing how they [Emmy voters] are going to go with that.

Do you know which clip 'Modern Family's' producers submitted on your behalf?
I don't. I couldn't care less. They didn't even ask me. Those are things I try to stay away from as much as possible. You don't have any control over that. The only thing I concern myself with is the actual making of the show.

Can you tell us what we'll see in season 2?
Nope. I know we have a couple of new writers, which they're very excited about. I know they're hard at work. I know they've broken 10 or 11 or 12 stories already. They're not fully written, but the structure's there. But I don't have a clue. I'll show up and we'll see what they've got. We probably do the first table read around the 30th of July, and we'll probably start shooting on the first of August.

Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, and Rico Rodriguez on 'Modern Family'Will we find out how Jay and Gloria met?
Originally, they had an idea that my divorce was final, that I went to Cabo, and that I met her at a swim-up bar where she was bartending. Now, I don't think they want to use that. Also, I made my money installing high-end closets. I was the closet king for wealthy Beverly Hills, Bel Air residents. But now, I don't know if they're going to -- these were just ideas that were tossed around. I don't have any idea if they're going to pursue that or not. I make money some way, I just don't know how.

How do you explain the explosive success of 'Modern Family'?
People were ready for a show that had a bit of heart, that could walk the line between comedy and heart. It's edited very well. It moves fast. The three families, because they're interconnected but also work on their own, give us a lot of comedic potential. You can really go almost anywhere with anybody at any time, and you're not suffering too much. You're not necessarily waiting for the other couple to come back in. As long as you can keep that up, where each family and each story is working well, you're in pretty good shape.

How long do you think the show can stay on its game?
I think it's the best comedy right now. I don't know how long we can keep that up. We want to keep it up, and we want to make it even better this season. That's what we're concerned about.

Do you keep up with your former 'Married... With Children' castmates?
I talk to Katey Sagal pretty regularly. I talk to David Faustino even more. He had a show online called 'Star-ving,' [warning: link contains NSFW language] for Sony. In fact, I did a couple of those for him, and so did Katey, and so did Christina [Applegate]. It was pretty funny. And then, I don't know if they ran out of storyline or whatever, but it wasn't continued. I think he's doing a play right now. He's on tour.

Katey has the show 'Sons of Anarchy,' that her husband [Kurt Sutter] is the executive producer on. David Garrison, I think, was in 'Wicked.' He lives and works out of New York. I don't know what Amanda Bearse is doing. I think she moved back to somewhere outside of Atlanta. I don't even know if she's still in the business. I've lost touch with her. Ted McGinley has a show. He's always in a show. I see Ted from time to time. He's a delightful guy. Christina I see. I haven't talked to her for a while. I owe her a call. So, yeah, we try to stay in touch.

Read more from O'Neill, who discusses his new film at Moviefone. And he addresses the 'Modern Family' gay kiss controversy in a post at PopEater.

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Certainly an article to be read! This was
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October 01 2010 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

I would also be shocked if they weren't nominated for best comedy and I also think it's the best comedy show on tv

June 08 2010 at 2:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Such a great show, can't wait for season 2. Wish hit shows were granted year-round schedules.

June 07 2010 at 11:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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