Tuesday, July 20, 2010

How I Got Hooked On Modern Family

Modern Family (ABC, Wednesdays) has quickly become one of the hottest shows on television in just its first season.  Its fourteen Emmy nominations makes it one of the most nominated shows for this year's awards.  Almost the entire adult cast was nominated in the "best supporting" category.  (Ed O'Neill was the only regular who wasn't nominated - too bad for Ed, but hard to imagine 4 actors from one show being nominated for the same award.)  Personally, I think this is the best show (comedy) on TV for at least the last 10 years.

So how did I get into the show?  It was an accident.  Seriously.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

"Modern Family" to be Honored by GLSEN

Modern Family (ABC, Wednesdays) will be honored by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) during its sixth annual Respect Awards in Los Angeles to be held October 8 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Eric Stonestreet (Cameron) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell) play a gay couple raising an adopted Vietnamese girl. Both Stonestreet and Ferguson received Emmy nominations for Best Support Actor in a Comedy.

Read the full article here.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Modern Family Season 2 Spoiler: Flash Mob on the way

"Modern Family" (ABC, Wednesdays) has quickly become one of the highest rated comedies in just one season. A couple of Season 2 plot lines have been revealed, including:

  • An earthquake
  • Cam & Mitchell and their family
  • A dancing flash mob

The show's Season 2 will begin on September 22.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

'Modern Family' star Eric Stonestreet talks Emmy nomination! | EW.com

Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cameron Tucker on Modern Family (ABC, Wednesdays) talks about his Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Some of the topics include Ed O'Neill's snub for a nomination, why Jesse Tyler Ferguson or Ty Burrell could take the best supporting actor Emmy, and what to expect from Cam in season two.

Check out the interview: 'Modern Family' star Eric Stonestreet talks Emmy nomination! | EW.com

Modern Family Season 1 DVD Coming September 21

Season 1 of the Emmy nominated hit show Modern Family (ABC, Wednesdays) is scheduled to be released on DVD and Blu-ray this September 21. The Blu-ray version will be available for $59.99 and the regular DVD will be available for $49.99.

In addition to all 24 episodes from season 1, the release will contain the following special extras:

  1. Deleted, Extended and Alternate Scenes 
  2. Deleted Family Interviews 
  3. Gag Reel 
  4. Real Modern Family Moments 
  5. Before Modern Family 
  6. Fizbo the Clown 
  7. Modern Family: Making of "Family Portrait" 
  8. Modern Family Hawaii

Source: DVDTown.com

Modern Family Season 2 Premiere Date - September 22

ABC recently announced the season premiere dates for the fall lineup. Modern Family, along with other Wednesday shows The Middle and Cougar Town, will premiere on September 22.

ABC Unveils Fall Premiere Dates For "Grey's Anatomy," "Modern Family" | AHN

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Modern Family Receives 14 Emmy Nominations

The 2010 Primetime Emmy Nominations were announced this morning.  "Modern Family" (ABC, Wednesdays) received 14 nominations:
  • Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series
    • "Moon Landing • Fears" - Richard Berg, Production Designer and Amber Marie-Angelique Haley, Set Decorator
  • Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series
    • Jeff Greenberg, CSA
  • Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
    • "Pilot" episode - Jason Winer, Director
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For A Comedy Series (Single Or Multi-Camera) (2)
    • "Pilot" episode - Ryan Case, Editor
    • "Family Portrait" episode - Jonathan Maxwell Schwartz, Editor
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series (3)
    • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell)
    • Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker)
    • Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series (2)
    • Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy)
    • Sofia Vergara (Gloria Delgado-Pritchett)
  • Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
    • Fred Willard (Frank Dunphy)
  • Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation
    • "En Garde" episode - Stephen Tibbo, Production Sound Mixer and Brian R. Harman, Re-Recording Mixer and Dean Okrand, Re-Recording Mixer
  • Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
    • "Pilot" episode - Steven Levitan, Writer and Christopher Lloyd, Writer

Check out the full list of Emmy Nominations here --> HTML | PDF

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Modern Family's Ty Burrell Talks About the Show, His Character (Phil Dunphy), and Sculpting With Butter

Great interview with Ty Burrell. He talks all about the show - the cast, his character, his TV family.

Modern Family TV Show - The Ty Burrell Interview - Modern Family Recaps, Modern Family Reviews, Modern Family Episodes | TWoP

Not only does he play my favorite character (Phil Dunphy), but he's a Mets fan, too. (I'm a Mets fan - You Gotta Believe!)

What's your favorite Modern Family quote?

Modern Family, Ty Burrell | 'Modern Family': 20 Quippy Gems! | Photo 1 of 21 | EW.com

EW has 20 funny quotes from the first season of Modern Family. Here are couple of additional ones:


Jay: The new maid keeps mixing up my underwear with Manny's. I put on the first thing I grabbed, it was like a crotch tourniquet.


Gloria: Babe, I'm going to go to the gym to work out a little bit, you want to come with me?

Jay: I just ordered an extra long straw to avoid accidentally doing a situp.


Phil: Yes, I should have told Claire about the dog. And I was going to. But I was just waiting for her to be in the right mood. Actually, I did get one right mood a couple nights ago, but I cashed that in for something else.


Phil: I always felt bad for people with emotionally distant fathers, it turns out I'm one of them. It's a miracle I didn't end up a stripper.


What's your favorite?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Who is the best actor on Modern Family?

My favorite show on TV by far, and probably for about the last 10 years, is Modern Family. Great writing, and I love the camera work (this style is not new, but sometimes it's like the camera is a silent character in the scenes), but the biggest thing that makes it stand out (in my opinion) is the casting. OUTSTANDING! There is no clear lead actor, it's almost like a show filled with supporting actors. Which got me thinking... who's the best actor on the show?

As for the men...

Ed O'Neill? I think he's perfect for his character. Aging guy who marries a younger Latin women, his world has been a bit rocked by being a father again to step son Manny, but maybe he sees this as his chance to get fatherhood right. Love him in this part, I don't think he's the best on the show.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson? The uptight, needs everything in its place character... Ferguson is great for it. But not the best.

Ty Burrell? My favorite character is Phil Dunphy. Trying too hard to be the perfect dad and husband. He's dorky but doesn't know it (flashback to when he was a cheerleader, and in one episode he references not playing a sport (basketball?) to focus on his magic). But as for the best, keep going.

Eric Stonestreet? Yes! The big gay guy with the higher voice, and the hand gestures, and the funny quips and one-liners (he says in one episode how he wants to go back to being the trophy wife... too funny). He nails it. I hope he wins an Emmy.

As for the women... this one is easier for me, only because there are fewer choices. (I'm leaving the kids out of this one.)

Sofia Vergara? Cast very well for this part. She's had quite a career in the Latino world prior to coming to the US. And she's awesome in this part. Plus, she's drop-dead gorgeous. But I think the best is...

Julie Bowen. The sometimes narotic mom, dealing with kids who are growing up, and being married to clueless Phil. I think she's so believable in this part.

What do you think???

Monday, July 5, 2010

Sofia Vergara and Joel McHale to Announce Emmy Nominations

Sofia Vergara (Gloria on Modern Family) will help announce the Emmy Nominations this Thursday, July 8.  Sofia will be joined by Joel McHale (Community) and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Chairman-CEO John Shaffner.

Check out the article on www.emmys.com.

Vergara plays the Latin bombshell Gloria on Modern Family, who is married to the much older Jay (played by Ed O'Neill).  She was a huge star in the Latino world before coming to U.S. to pursue her acting career.  She has won the Hispanic Woman of the Year Award and has been on the cover of over 100 international magazines.

She was also awarded the Women of Hope Award by the City of Hope Organization for being an outstanding role model.  In 2007 she was named one of The 25 Most Powerful Hispanic Women in the Entertainment Industry by The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Entire Modern Family Season 1 Episodes Available via Hulu Plus

Earlier this week, Hulu introduced Hulu Plus, a paid subscription service that provides access to more shows on-demand via hulu.com.  The subscription plan is $9.99 per month and allows users access to every episode of the current running season of many popular shows, including "Modern Family".

In addition, Hulu is continuing to expand its service to more devices.  Hulu is currently available via a computer, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and certain Samsung enabled TVs and Blu-ray players.

Check out Hulu Plus for more details.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Modern Family Among Top Nominees for Gold Derby TV Awards

The hit ABC comedy "Modern Family" received 11 nominations for the Gold Derby TV Awards.  Only "Glee" (FOX) received more nominations (13).

See full article on the 2010 Gold Derby TV Awards

Modern Family to be Syndicated on USA Network

The hit ABC show "Modern Family" landed a syndication deal with the USA Network starting in 2013.  Modern Family has been the #1 new comedy for the 2009-2010 season.