Modern Family

Good news for fans of American comedy with word today that ABC in the US has renewed Modern Family, Cougar Town and The Middle for new seasons.

The multi Emmy award-winning Modern Family has been given a third season alongside thirds for both Cougar Town and The Middle.

Drama Grey’s Anatomy and its spin-off Private Practice have also been greenlit for new seasons, with and eighth confirmed for Grey’s and a fifth for Private Practice.

Castle will also return with a fourth season.

ABC is yet to commit to new seasons for Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters, with the latter given only a 50% chance of returning.

Source: Digital Spy

Nicole exits Top Model

Britain’s Next Top Model has bid farewell to Nicola Wright after the 18-year-old was voted off the reality show last night. Nicola failed to impress on the week’s visit to the set of soap Hollyoaks and the horror-themed photoshoot.

Celebrity MasterChef finalists selected

Celebrity MasterChef judges John Torode and Greg Wallace have chosen their three finalists to compete for this year’s title. Christine Hamilton, Lisa Faulkner and Dick Strawbridge will fight it out for the title after actor Neil Stuke was eliminated.

Emmy presenters announced

The first crop of presenters have been announced for the upcoming Emmy Awards. Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara, Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Mad Men’s January Jones, The Office’s John Krasinski and Ricky Gervais will all present awards at the Jimmy Fallon-hosted ceremony which takes place on August 29.

Desperate Housewives actor joins Gossip Girl

Desperate Housewives and Mad Men actor Sam Page has joined the cast of Gossip Girl for the upcoming season. Page, who played Bree’s scheming step-son on DH recently, will reportedly join the series as a love interest for one of the major characters.

Mandy Moore to return to Grey’s

Grey’s Anatomy will regain singer-turned-actress Mandy Moore for the seventh season of the medical drama. Moore has agreed to reprise her role as a patient called Mary who featured in the show’s sixth season.

Secret Britain draws 6m

BBC One’s new factual series Secret Britain has opened to 6 million viewers on Sunday night. The show, which features Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury exploring largely unknown areas of the UK, took a 24.9% audience share in the 9pm slot.

On October 15, brand new comedy sitcom MODERN FAMILY will find its home on Sky1 HD and Sky1. From the Emmy® award-winning writers of Frasier, the mockumentary style series centres around three very different American family units who are being followed by a film crew. It quickly becomes apparent that they are anything but the husband + wife + 2.4 children.

The pilot episode has already garnered considerable critical acclaim in the US: USA Today called it “smart, funny and well-cast”, Variety named it “one of the best comedy pilots in a long time” and Time Magazine found it “the funniest new family comedy of the year…very, very funny”. Plus, it has already attracted a big name guest star in the shape of Edward Norton, who will play a band bassist in an episode later in the year.

MODERN FAMILY will take an honest and funny look at the complications that come with being a family in 2009 and features:

Phil and Claire. Phil and Claire are the parents who want to have that open, healthy and honest relationship with their three children.  It’s not always easy especially when you have a teenage daughter who is growing up a little too fast, a too smart for her own good middle daughter and a rambunctious boy.  On top of that, Phil wants to be the “cool dad” and Claire is just trying her best to run a tight ship – determined not to let her kids have the rebellious childhood she had. 

Jay and Gloria. Jay is your traditional guys’ guy.  Some would say he is experiencing a bit of a mid-life crisis. He’s found himself a younger – and much hotter – Latino wife Gloria, who has become the centre of his world. Gloria is a passionate and sassy divorcee who comes with an 11-year-old son, Manny, an overweight and hopeless romantic.  Already taking notice of girls, Manny is passionate just like his mum, spending most of his time daydreaming and writing poetry.  As Manny’s new step-father, Jay’s not too comfortable with the “sensitive” stuff.  He would rather toughen Manny up, but that’s the least of Jay’s problems when he’s faced with the challenge of people mistaking him for Gloria’s father and not her husband. 

Mitchell and Cameron. Mitchell and his partner of five years, Cameron, have just taken that amazing next step of adopting a child together from Vietnam.  Cameron has a wonderfully big personality and, let’s admit it, maybe a flare for the dramatic, while Mitchell is definitely the more serious of the two.  Together, they balance one another out as doting fathers – some might say even a little overprotective – of little baby Lily.

Life is not rigid, politically correct or tidy, but that’s exactly what makes it fun and interesting. Here’s a window into the sometimes warm and often twisted embrace of three modern day families.

MODERN FAMILY is created by the Emmy® award-winning Frasier writers and producers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd. Following a hugely positive response to early previews, Levitan commented: “I guess it just goes to show you that good things happen when you pay close attention to your family and exploit their idiosyncrasies for the whole world to see.”

MODERN FAMILY stars Ed O’Neill as Jay, Julie Bowen as Claire, Ty Burrell as Phil, Sofía Vergara as Gloria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron, Sarah Hyland as Haley, Nolan Gould as Luke, Ariel Winter as Alex, and Rico Rodriguez as Manny.

MODERN FAMILY will bring riotous comedy to Sky1 and Sky1 HD when it launches at 8pm on October 15, following brand new HD episodes of THE SIMPSONS at 7.30pm.

Tonight, Sky1 transmits a new television programme through your TV screens called Modern Family.

In mockumentary mode, the cameras are turn on a bunch of families that are, well, very modern.

You’ve got Phil and Claire, the parents who want to have that open healthy honest relationships with their three kids. Cue all the problems that come with that. Their daughter Haley is growing up a little too fast, middle daughter Alex is a smart-arse and the rambunctious Luke completes the picture.

There’s also Jay who is billed as a ‘traditional guy’s guy’, who is basically having a mid-life crisis and has bagged himself a hot young wife called Gloria. She’s is firey divorcee who comes with baggage the shape of 11-year-old Manny.

Lastly, we have Mitchell and his partner of 5 years Cameron who have just adopting a child together from Vietnam. That’d be a gay couple with a kid. A comedy writer’s wet-dream.

This new comedy comes from the award-winning writers of Frasier and kicks off on Sky 1 tonight (Thursday 15th October) and if executed right, could be a decent little show focusing on the minutiae of life and all that good stuff.


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