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'Modern Family' - 'Travels with Scout' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 29th 2010 8:15AM
'Modern Family' - 'Travels with Scout'
(S01E21)
One of the strongest elements of 'Modern Family' is the strength of the ensemble cast. That brilliance in casting has continued to the various guest stars and extended family members we've met so far. I didn't fully grasp just how perfect Fred Willard is for the role of Phil's father until I saw them slinging jokes back and forth in this weeks' episode.

He drove cross-country to deliver a new dog to the Dunphy household, on account of his wife being allergic to it. This allowed Claire to have a clever conversation over the phone wherein she told him just how much trouble he was in for forgetting to tell her dear old dad was coming into town, without letting dad know what she was saying.

But then, brilliantly clever writing has been a staple of 'Modern Family' since the first episode. Aside from Phil's dad, we got to watch Jay scare the crap out of Manny, and Cameron rediscover his inner rock god.

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'Modern Family' - 'Benched' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 15th 2010 3:43AM
'Modern Family' - 'Benched'
(S01E20)
I never got mortally embarrassed by my parents. I guess I always assumed that everyone else had them, so they understood. Or maybe I just saw too many television shows and movies about teenagers being horrified to be seen by other kids in the vicinity of those old people who brought them into the world. I don't know, though, if I could get even in quite the way that Claire did this week.

Hilarious but brutal.

On second thought, teenagers are horrible, manipulative, shallow little creatures. Claire did nothing wrong except maybe teach a little humility.

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And the Nomination for Best Supporting Cast Goes to ... 'Modern Family'

by Allyssa Lee, posted Apr 12th 2010 4:12PM
Perhaps not as to disrupt the 'Family' ties, Deadline.com is reporting that the cast ABC's hit comedy 'Modern Family' will maintain a level playing field and all six of its adult stars will enter their Emmy submissions in the supporting categories.

It was a move precipitated by the 'Family' patriarch Ed O'Neill, according to the report. Despite possessing the sitcom's biggest name when the series premiered last year, the former 'Married ... With Children' star felt that no one actor was bigger than another in this strong ensemble and opted to submit his name in the supporting category as if to prove it. The other adult regulars on the cast -- Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet -- are all expected to follow suit.

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'Modern Family' Plots its Emmy Strategy

by Allyssa Lee, posted Apr 7th 2010 3:45PM
It's a challenge faced by really strong ensemble casts everywhere: Determining who gets put into lead categories, and who gets put into supporting come Emmy-submission time.

Certainly, it's a dilemma faced by ABC's 'Modern Family,' as the critically acclaimed freshman comedy boasts a clan's worth of award-worthy performers. According to the Hollywood Reporter, there are four different divide-and-conquer Emmy strategies being considered within the 'Family' camp: 1.) Submitting all six of the adult regular cast members (Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet) in the lead category; 2.) putting them all in the supporting category; 3.) designating 'Family' patriarch O'Neill in the lead category and the rest in supporting, or 4.) submitting the "traditional" parents Bowen and Burrell in the lead categories, and the rest in supporting. (Guess this means there's no room at the awards show inn for Rico Rodriguez, who is hilariously on-point as man-child Manny.)

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'Modern Family' Co-Creator Explains Genesis of iPad Story

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 2nd 2010 12:37PM
Modern FamilyChristopher Lloyd, the co-creator of 'Modern Family', explained to The Live Feed blog that the recent iPad-centric episode of the show was not a case of paid product placement. You know what? I believe him.

Truthfully, the love of gadgets fits very well into Phil Dunphy's (as played by Ty Burrell) character. He's the sort of man-child that would love such toys as the iPad. Plus given all its publicity it has gotten so far, it's not likely the iPad needs more product placement. Lloyd told James Hibberd that they wanted Phil to get excited over a gadget, and the iPad seemed to be "the perfect one to use," since it was being released the Saturday after the episode aired.

More likely examples of paid product placement would be 'Chuck's' heavy use of the Subway restaurant chain or that painful episode of 'Smallville' that revolved around the consumption of Stride Gum that was infected with Kryptonite. It's also possible to name episodes of 'The Office' and '30 Rock' with paid product placement that got to the point of parody.

On the other hand, it's unlikely that the creator of a show would ever admit to selling out. We'll have to accept that the complete truth will never be known. Enjoy the show!

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'Modern Family' Was One Long iPad Commercial Last Night

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 1st 2010 7:08PM
Julie Bowen holds a friggin' iPad on 'Modern Family'We live in a TiVo world, and its impact has been spilling out all over our favorite shows in the form of product placement. The judges on 'American Idol' drink out of huge Coke or Vitamin Water cups. The chefs on 'Top Chef' use Calphalon equipment, as all the logo close-ups tell us. The folks at the Buy More on 'Chuck' really love their Subway sandwiches.

We get it. It's the way of the TV world these days, as someone's got to the pay the freight in a world where you can zap a commercial by pushing a button.

But, when entire stories on shows play out like an ad for a product, then things have gone too far. Unfortunately, my favorite new show, 'Modern Family,' took things that step too far last night with their iPad-themed plot. It felt like one long Apple commercial. Never mind that the episode aired just in time for the device's release on Saturday; the iPad drove the plot rather than the plot necessitating the use of an iPad. And that's where the producers crossed the line.

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'Modern Family' - 'Game Changer' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 1st 2010 4:21AM
'Modern Familiy' - 'Game Changer'
(S01E19)
One of the reasons that Cameron and Mitchell are so fun is that Cameron manages to be both the more flamboyant one, and he's clearly the more badass of the two, as well. Mitchell is always kind of whiny and too uptight with his little fists. Unfortunately, when his ineffectiveness as a tough guy leads him to think he's letting his daughter down as a father, Mitchell decides he needs to toughen up.

Phil's birthday celebration took up the bulk of the episode. Well, actually it was the build-up to his birthday celebration, but most of the events happened on that day. So how'd it go? Well, I'll say that I've had plenty of birthdays that went about as well as Phil's did.

I also taught my sister how to play chess, and she beat me ... that very game. That's right. Now, we were both still children, but come on! That's just ridiculous!

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'Modern Family' - 'Starry Night' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 25th 2010 4:43AM
Eric Stonestreet & Sofia Vergara, 'Modern Family'(S01E18) It's time to mix up the relationships and find out which ones work the best. My theory: they all do. Tonight, we got to see Cameron hit the town with Gloria, while Jay brought Manny along on his and Mitchell's regular astronomy evening. The new dynamics worked better than anyone could have expected.

Cameron's constantly sticking his foot in his mouth while in Gloria's company created so many moments of hilarity, I had to pause the show several times just to make sure I didn't miss anything.

The Dunphy family stayed at home, because their kids are like all of our kids and neglected to tell their parents about a couple of major things that needed to be done before school the next day. One was a diorama on the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh, while the other was a batch of cupcakes.

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Ty Burrell Gets Recognized by a Homeless Fiddle Player (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Mar 17th 2010 5:53PM
Being on a hit TV shows has its pitfalls, not the least of which is being recognized wherever you go (and losing your privacy). Ty Burrell ('Modern Family') told Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday's 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated) about a weird encounter he had while walking through New York's Central Park with his wife.

"We were walking through a tunnel and at the end of the tunnel was a guy who looked pretty much homeless," Burrell said. "And he was playing a fiddle with like two strings on it. And as I got toward the end of the tunnel ... he said 'Not since "Frasier" has a show come on the air knowing its tone so completely.'" Bizarre.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Modern Family' - 'Truth Be Told' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 11th 2010 4:42AM
Ed O'Neill, 'Modern Family'(S01E17) Dammit! Wives are more right than we'd like to admit, aren't they, guys? I was convinced Claire was completely overreacting to Phil's Faceook communications with his ex-girlfriend. My wife and I both have several people from our pasts that we talk to online, and it is completely innocent.

If anything, perhaps the events of this episode could be criticized by saying that they are promoting negative sexual stigmas attached to social networking sites. While the sites do have their dangers, they're certainly not worthy of fear-mongering.

But I'm not going to jump on that soap box. Instead, I'm going to say that this episode was absolutely brilliant. Everything from Flyza Minelli to "A little bit louder" was pitch perfect comedy. I laughed out loud more at this episode than I do entire seasons of most comedy series.

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Phil Gets a Facebook Reality Check on 'Modern Family' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 11th 2010 1:48AM
Modern FamilyIf you're ever tempted to re-connect with an old lover on Facebook, just take a hint from Phil's ex-girlfriend on 'Modern Family' (Wed., 9PM ET on ABC).

She thinks his updates like "How was your day?" and "My neck is so sore" are an invitation to get back together. You just never know how people are going to take those updates, so best to not friend them in the first place.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Modern Family' - 'Fears' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 4th 2010 3:01AM
'Modern Famliy' - 'Fears'
(S01E16)
What are you afraid of? That was the question facing the three families that make up this exceptional comedy series. Whether it's a fear of roller coasters, tight places, passing your driver's test, getting asked to dance, or that your daughter isn't connecting to you, it's how we deal with our fears that defines us as people.

'Modern Family' actually surpassed itself in one regard this week. In 16 episodes, most of which were fantastic, this was the first one to choke out a genuine emotional response from me. Phil's closing monologue was touching, and touched on another fear that all parents face: the fear of your children growing up too fast. That, and the fear that they're going to kill someone in your car.

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'Modern Family' - 'My Funky Valentine' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 11th 2010 2:02AM
'Modern Family' - 'My Funky Valentine'
(S01E15)
The myriad relationships and characters in 'Modern Family' make it the perfect show to spotlight all the difficulties one can face in love and romance. As Valentine's Day descends on our cast of characters, they each explore new ways to express how much they care about one another, and they each find challenges along the way.

Jay takes Gloria out for a romantic evening, though it's not the one she expects. Mitchell and Cameron, who've agreed to watch Manny for the evening, wind up helping him express his true feelings to the girl he pines for, after another boy took credit for his poetry and scored a date with her.

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Claire Gets Naked for Phil on 'Modern Family' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 11th 2010 1:40AM
Claire gets naked for Phil on 'Modern Family'It's always interesting when a spouse tries to change things up in the romance department, especially when it turns into a hot mess. That's what happens when Claire ditches her entire outfit except her coat, all for Phil's benefit on 'Modern Family' (Wed., 9PM ET on ABC).

But, oh snap! Her coat gets caught in the escalator, and then things get really awkward when her dad is standing at the top, telling her to take her coat off, for cripes sake -- until he realizes she's completely naked underneath!

Note to Self: Avoid escalators if you're wearing only a coat.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Ty Burrell Plays Guessing Game on 'Rachael Ray' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 9th 2010 4:30PM
Ty Burrell of 'Modern Family' plays a guessing game on 'The Rachael Ray Show' (weekdays, syndicated), attempting to decipher acronyms that are used while texting.

Burrell tries his hand at interpreting shorthand like "ROTFL," "STSP" and "2M2H." When correct answers elude him, which is often, he comes up with a creative answer on his own.

Watch the video after the jump.

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