Articles for Modern Family Season 1

ABC unveiled its Fall schedule today and it features an ambitious lineup of new series to premiere all season long.  The schedule features eight new shows, including a Wednesday night that contains nothing but new programs.  This is identical to the strategy ABC used two years ago when it premiered three new hour-long shows on Wednesdays.The new Wednesday, however, features four new half-hour comedies which I will tentatively title the Back to You reject lineup, as three of the sitcoms star former cast members of that failed FOX sitcom, including Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton and Ty Burrell.  The other big change to the schedule is that Ugly Betty has been bumped to Fridays, wedged between Supernanny and 20/20.More Fall Lineups:FOXABCNBCCBSThe CW Read more »
How‘s this for an extended family?  Patriarch Jay, his fiesty, younger Colombian-born second wife Gloria, and their teenage son Manny; Jay‘s daughter from his first marriage Claire, her husband Phil, and their two kids; Jay‘s openly gay son Mitchell, his partner Cameron and their adopted baby girl from Vietnam Lily.Modern Family revolves around the Pritchett-Delgado-Dunphy clan, an obviously multicultural bunch, a supposedly modern day representation of the American family, with members coming from different backgrounds.   On the upcoming ABC series, the family is being taped by a Dutch documentary crew who plans to use them as the subject of a reality-based television series to air in The Netherlands. Read more »
Yet again, HBO is leading the pack for having the most portrayals--and the most positive portrayals--of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) characters on their shows, according to a report from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD.The organization‘s third Network Responsibility Index saw HBO score the highest rating and a "Good" grade, with 42% of its programming featuring LGBT characters.  The cable network is home to shows such as True Blood, Entourage and No. 1 Ladies‘ Detective Agency, all of which have prominent LGBT characters. Read more »
This season there are a ton of new shows on TV, but only five that youabsolutely, positively must watch.  Sure, we‘re definitely going tocheck in every week on the sexy stars of the CW‘s Vampire Diaries andMelrose Place, and we‘ll enjoy the ladies of Eastwick, but right now,we‘re talking about five watch-or-die shows.  Read more »
Sure, the American Film Institute honors the best films of the past year--their Top 10 list this year includes box office darlings Up and The Hangover and critical faves like Precious and The Hurt Locker--but they also honor the best television of the past year, and their list this year has some interesting picks.The AFI will honor the following ten shows in a luncheon on January 15 in Los Angeles:  Read more »
Tomorrow morning the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will revealthis year‘s Golden Globe nominees, and you never know what to expect. The Golden Globes have been a lot more diverse than the Emmys,nominating people like Evangeline Lilly for Lost, Anna Paquin for True Blood, Lauren Graham for Gilmore Girls and Sarah Michelle Gellar for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  They‘ve also given the Best Drama award to Nip/Tuck and Party of Five.This year, there are a ton of new shows that have a good chance to be nominated alongside regulars like 30 Rock and Mad Men.  Here are some of the new faces and names you could see at this year‘s Golden Globes.  Read more »
ABC‘s Ugly Betty hasn‘t just shot up in ratings for its last episode of 2009, but when the new year comes there‘s more to celebrate.  Having prided itself in its list of guest stars, the show‘s hauling back one of them for its January return.  Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly reports that the ABC comedy is bringing Jesse Tyler Ferguson back for an episode that marks Betty‘s Wednesday move.  We last saw the actor back in season 1 as our heroine‘s orthodontist.  Three seasons later, he‘s here again and for good reason.  Are Betty‘s braces getting ready to come off? Read more »
Just two days after the Golden Globe nominations, the Screen ActorsGuild nominations were this morning, and the TV results are a mixedbag.  The awards are a bit less experimental than the Globes,nominating old favorites like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Charlie Sheen,but they also have a little bit of new mixed in as well.  Glee and Modern Family both earned noms for their ensembles while The Good Wife picked up nominations for both Julianna Margulies and the ensemble.  Read more »
Here at BuddyTV, we really like ships. We get invested in the relationships or potential relationships of our favorite characters and we definitely get a bit obsessed. We‘ve already told you our rankings for the Best Ships of 2009, but we want you to be able to convince us otherwise. We decided to put together a video contest for the best (relation)ship of 2009. Simply watch the video below for the rules and then submit your entry.UPDATE: Due to the large number of entries winners will be announced Friday January 15! Thank you to everyone who submitted. Read more »
It‘s not even noon on the West Coast and it‘s already been a big news day for ABC. The channel just announced the premiere date for the 10th season of Dancing With the Stars and the renewals of three of it‘s hot new comedies: Modern Family, Cougar Town, and The Middle. Celebrities and their professional partners will be dancing across your TV starting Monday March 22nd. The channel will celebrate the 10th season of their successful reality show with a two-hour premiere. It‘s hard to believe there have been 10 seasons of Dancing With the Stars already, with no sign of the show slowing down. We‘re already eager to see which celebrity will surprise us with their moves comes March.  Read more »
The results are in! The 67th annual Golden Globes, the first Hollywood award ceremony of the year, kicked off tonight at 8pm EST on NBC with several fashion hits and misses, teary acceptance speeches and some witty punch lines served by British comedian host Ricky Gervais. Read more »
In this week‘s Modern Family, "Benched," it‘s not the kids getting benched--not even Luke and Manny, the worst players on the neighborhood‘s worst junior-league basketball team. Nope--this time it‘s the parents who are feeling the sting of being sidelined. Claire gets dumped at the mall by younger daughter Alex so the girl can hang with her snooty friends. And Manny tells doting mom Gloria to stay away from his ballgames because she draws too much attention to him by (loudly) shouting encouragement.And it‘s not just the kids causing trouble. Jay makes Phil feel equally ignored, first by doubting Phil‘s ability to barbeque, then by pushing him aside for the coaching job on the kids‘ team. With all of these hurt feelings around, it‘s nice to learn that the middle-generation of parents have a lot to teach us about handling adversity.  Read more »
It‘s April, the month of taxes, tulips and ... comedy. (We were trying really hard for alliteration, but "terribly funny" just sounded lame.) You probably didn‘t know that April is also National Humor Month. In honor of this auspicious occasion, we thought it would be funny to find out which TV comedies inspire the most dedicated fans.   After some very unscientific investigation--we posed the question to our Facebook fans and here in the office--we came up with one giant list of favorite comedies. And when we say "giant list," we mean massive.  So bring on the subheads! Read more »
If you haven‘t seen a single episode of ABC‘s Modern Family, then you‘re missing out on a lot. The half-hour comedy, which offers a mirthful yet realistic look at today‘s complex family structure and the numerous issues that come along with it, is packed with gags and misguided parenting advice though it almost always usually ends with a heartwarming positive message. Read more »
In the latest Modern Family, called "Travels with Scout," we met another member of the family--Phil‘s dad, Frank. And somehow, the fact that the always-welcome Fred Willard plays him seems natural. Apparently one jolly clown begets another.   Read more »
The long-awaited "Modern Family clan goes to Hawaii" episodes are finally here. The two-parter began with this week‘s "Airport 2010," AKA "The One Where Everyone Waits at LAX." Though not a complete laugh riot, the episode played out nicely, balancing the silly with the sweet.The show‘s main running gag revolves around a series of surprises for Jay, from Gloria. Think you‘re going to have a romantic getaway with your hot wife? Surprise--she‘s invited the whole clan to come on the vacation (and paid for it all, much to Jay‘s chagrin). Think you‘ll get to relax all week by the pool? Surprise--your wife has planned a week of daily hiking, culminating in a one final hike--to the top of a volcano. It‘s enough to drive a man to drink, which Jay does.  Read more »
Fortunately for Modern Family fans, the Pritchett-Dunphy clan made it out of LAX all the way to "Hawaii," this week‘s new episode. And although the family may have been on vacation, it‘s clear the writers were hard at work--creating one of the season‘s best half-hours. As the group readies for Jay‘s birthday celebration, we learn several crucial pieces of information. Jay‘s father died at the same age his son is about to reach. Cameron doesn‘t really like to go on "adventures" when on vacation--he‘d rather relax by the pool, much to uptight Mitchell‘s dismay. And most important, we learn that years ago, Claire and Phil were supposed to go to Hawaii on their honeymoon. Read more »
Summer is upon us and that means it‘s time to mark our calendars and bid farewell to some of our favorite shows, including Lost, Grey‘s Anatomy, Glee, and 24, just to name a few. To help you plan your TV schedule, here‘s a rundown of shows that are about to wrap up and their respective finale dates. Read more »
This year‘s freshman comedy champ, Modern Family, winds up its season with a sprinkling of something for everyone in "Family Portrait." Phil ends up in hot water with Claire, but not for the reason he thinks. (As Phil likes to say--he‘s clueless.) Cameron‘s outgoing nature clashes with Mitchell‘s shyness. Claire obsesses. Jay rants. Gloria cracks wise and looks hot. Manny acts suave. Luke ends up wrapped in plastic. And through it all, the love shines through.  Read more »
ABC announced its plans for the 2010-2011 TV season and despite adding seven new shows this fall, the rest of the schedule is very familiar.  Returning shows Dancing with the Stars, Castle, Modern Family, Cougar Town, Grey‘s Anatomy, Private Practice, Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters all remain right where they currently are.See More:The CW‘s Fall Lineup>>CBS‘ Fall Lineup>>FOX‘s Fall Lineup>>NBC‘s Fall Lineup>>Other than the new shows, the main story from ABC is that V, which was renewed for a second season, won‘t be back until 2011.  It looks like the network really is trying to turn it into the new Lost.  Read more »