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Series premiere: Modern Life

In television on 09/23/2009 at 9:37 am

Series name
Modern Family

Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC and City, repeating Friday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC and City

Regularly airs
Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC and City

A faux documentary about the days in the lives of three families: a gay male couple who’ve recently adopted, an old grump with a young wife and a 30-something couple with kids and lots of schedules and rules. Sound mundane? Just wait.

Primary cast and crew
Ed O’Neill (Married with Kids) is Jay, grumpy man made happier by his young wife. Slightly happier.
Julie Bowen (Ed, Lost) is Claire, harried mother.
Ty Burrell (Back to You, National Treasure) is Phil, harried father.
Sofía Vergara (Dirty Sexy Money) is Gloria, pop tart younger wife.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (The Class, Do Not Disturb) is Mitchell, gay dad.
Eric Stonestreet (Bones, NCIS) is Cameron, the other gay dad.

But what do I know anyway? After having seen only a couple of trailers, I predict…
Well, I have been reading and this is one of the most highly regarded new shows. So who am I to resist the momentum. A++! Although I suppose I should hold off on the second “+” until I actually see it for myself. Which I will do.

Other reviews
The Hollywood Reporter fairly gushes: “Long on heart, brimming with great characters, smartly cast, expertly written and funny from start to finish, “Family” is the obvious choice for best new fall comedy — and possibly best series.”

Tim Goodman over at the San Francisco Chronicle is also smitten: “Modern Family is politically incorrect and viciously spot-on in its send-ups of parents, kids, friends, family in general and, well, pretty much everyone”

Official website
Looks like some potential fun, but first, I must tame the jaysus computer, which does not like abc.com at the moment.

Can’t wait for the next new-series preview?
FlashForward, asap. Premieres Thursday.

Wondering when the other new series and returning series are kicking off?
Click here for my select list of fall 2009 premieres and other important dates. Who am I to tell you what to do, but you could consider bookmarking it…

— Denise Duguay


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