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Oh, Baby! 'Modern Family' Recast In the Works

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 6th 2011 4:30PM
Modern Family'Modern Family' is about to lose one of its biggest scene-stealers: twins Ella and Jaden Hiller. According to E! Online, little Lily is being recast.

Producers have reportedly issued a casting notice for an "Asian, 3- to 4-year-old daughter of Mitchell and Cameron." Series star Jesse Tyler Ferguson hinted to E! about a possible recast, especially since Season 3 will feature a walking, talking Lily.

"Lily will definitely be more prominent in season three," he said. "It's interesting with children because we can't force this 2 and a half-year-old child to start speaking, and we don't know if the twins who play Lily are inclined toward acting, so maybe we'll cast another older child who can talk and who wants to be an actress to play Lily."

Recasting babies, especially to age characters, is common practice on sitcoms. On 'Bewitched,' Tabitha was played by Cynthia Black, Heidi and Laura Gentry, Tamar and Julie Young and Diane Murphy until Erin Murphy ultimately took the lead role on the sitcom.

Tell us: Will you miss the original Lily?

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Dawn

HEARTBREAKING!!! The "Lily" twins need to stay because they were perfect.

July 10 2011 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Big Jeff

There is a lot of comic potential for a walking, talking, reacting Lily in the Prichart/Turner household. I can see her as hilariously judgmental as she catches the guys in a variety of inconsistencies with a kid's irresistable logic. It will take a pretty good casting decision and the need to look several years into the future.

July 07 2011 at 8:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bwp228

Won't miss her. The child barely smiled, let alone spoke. No eye contact. Not the child's fault. She/they are only 2 or 3 and are acting their age.

July 07 2011 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
misterprecedent

This is TERRIBLE news! Lily is one of the BEST things about the show! Her reaction (or lack thereof) to her wacky flaming, melodramatic parents is hysterical. If she behaved like every other kid on TV, it wouldn't be funny. They should keep the same actress(es) (even if they eventually make Lily talk and walk) and make her the "straight man" to their goofy antics.

July 07 2011 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diane

I thought Lily was very cute and adorable - but way to inanimate. I used to think it strange that she never fussed, played, kicked her legs, squirmed around - I don't think she even ever blinked! A child with more inclination to acting could bring some funny episodes to Modern Family (not that it isn't already hilarious). Good call.

July 07 2011 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diane

Lily was very cute - but way to inanimate. I often thought how strange it was that a child her age showed nothing - no movement, no looking around, never moved! I'm not even sure she ever blinked. Sorry to see her go but a child with more inclination to acting could be very funny.

July 07 2011 at 1:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
odysseyo

She was cute, but NEVER smiled. Always looked disinterested.

July 07 2011 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
odysseyo

She was cute, but she NEVER smiled. Always looked disinterested.

July 07 2011 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tony

No. She was really only a visual character, and didn't show any particular attribute to make her endearing to the audience. It seems appropriate to get a young girl interested in acting so she can grow with the show, and hopefully meet the high degree of comedic timing that is quite evident in the rest of the casr.

July 07 2011 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarah Hanley

I actually wrote the network about Lily with the question as to why she was so inanimate. She never smiled, spoke, gestured - nothing. Felt it was kind of strange. As far as a child of 3 or 4 "knowing" if they are inclined to act, I really doubt this can be discerned at that age. However, I think a replacement (or 2) is in order.

July 07 2011 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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