Extended ‘Family’? Ty Burrell Wants 30 Years Of ‘Modern Family’

148207_9624Modern Family has been the kind of opportunity most actors can only dream about. For Ty Burrell, though, it’s been a very pleasant reality. He’s won two Emmy Awards for playing Phil Dunphy on the ABC comedy, which is now in its ninth season. While Burrell had plenty of acting jobs before joining the show, he realizes that — in terms of longevity, recognition, and respect — the Modern Family gig is as good as it gets, and he doesn’t want it to end anytime soon. (Click on the media bar to hear Ty Burrell)

Modern Family returns with new episodes Wednesday February 28th at 9/8c on ABC.

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Eric Stonestreet & His Big, Happy ‘Modern Family’

147849_5468-400x0Modern Family is among the rarest of TV comedies: A show that’s made it into its ninth season with its original cast still intact. Not only is the cast talented — it’s been nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Awards as Outstanding Ensemble every season, winning four times so far — it also has amazing chemistry. Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cameron Tucker on the show, says the chemistry is genuine, and that everyone on the set is a big fan of everybody else. (Click on the media bar below to hear Eric Stonestreet)

Modern Family airs Wednesday nights at 9/8c on ABC.

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Julie Bowen Sees ‘Modern Family’ As A Great Escape

Still going strong in its ninth season, Modern Family continues to make audiences laugh. And that’s exactly why Julie Bowen, who stars as exasperated housewife Claire Dunphy, thinks the show has stayed successful. (Click on the media bar below to hear Julie Bowen)

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That’s a Wrap: The Week in TV News

modernfamily_featured_144040_0317r1-936x482David Letterman has inked a deal with Netflix for his own six-episode series. Deadline reports that the still-untitled series will find Letterman with a single guest conducting longform conversations and also feature “in-the-field” segments. A 2018 launch is expected.

Is the end in sight for Modern Family? ABC just re-upped the award-winning sitcom for two more seasons, and co-creator Steve Levitan told Deadline that while the series could go on longer, ten seasons felt like “a nice round number” and that he expects the show will end then.

ABC is nailing down the final details on their Roseanne revival. As previously reported, John Goodman is indeed back as Dan and the original series finale in which he had passed away will be ignored when the reboot starts. Meanwhile, TV Line reports that ABC president Channing Dungey confirmed that they are speaking with Johnny Galecki about reprising his role as David. Galecki already has a steady gig starring on the hugely popular CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

American Crime Story is undergoing an overhaul on their season based on Hurricane Katrina. According to TV Line, Sarah Paulson has been cast in the new season, but the source material is now based on Sheri Fink’s book, Five Days at Memorial, which chronicles the effect of the storm on a New Orleans Medical Center. As such, Annette Bening, Dennis Quaid and Matthew Broderick who were all previously cast are currently without roles, though the producers are looking for new parts for the veteran actors.

The Coen Brothers have inked a deal with Netflix to house their new Western anthology series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The series will feature six tales from the American frontier, and Deadline reports that Coen Brothers favorite Tim Blake Nelson will star as the titular character.

Will the third time be a charm? 20th Century Fox reports that a third attempt is being made at developing a How I Met Your Mother spinoff. An initial show centering on a mother’s journey meeting her child’s father failed to get a pickup and a second attempt was thwarted when Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger got involved with This Is Us. But Fox chairman Dana Walden told Deadline that Fox has not given up on the idea and is currently locking in a writer for another attempt at developing the show.

HBO is anything but insecure about their current comedies Insecure and Ballers. The network just picked up Ballers for a fourth season and Insecure for a third season.

It’s a perfect _______. ABC revealed that they are re-upping Match Game, the ’70s game show revival now hosted by Alec Baldwin, for a third season. In addition, Celebrity Family Feud and The $100,00 Pyramid revivals will return for their fourth and third seasons respectively.

Wrestle with this! Netflix has given a second season to their freshman wrestling drama GLOW. The ’80s-set series centers on the emergence of female wrestling and stars Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin.

The season two finale is still a few weeks off, but USA Network has seen enough to renew Queen of the South for a third season. It’s expected back in 2018.

In a new promo, Showtime has revealed that Shameless will return to the network for Season 8 beginning Nov. 5.

Law & Order: SVU has cast Philip Winchester in a role that’s family in the Dick Wolf universe. Winchester will reprise his Chicago Justice character Peter Stone, who will move to New York to be the ADA, following in the footsteps of his father Benjamin Stone. Longtime Law & Order fans will remember Michael Moriarity portrayed legal eagle Benjamin Stone in the early years of the series. Winchester is expected to arrive midway into the new season.

TV Line reports that Maya Rudolf has been cast as Ralphie’s mother in FOX’s live action musical version of A Christmas Story. The special is expected to air Dec. 17 on FOX, just in time for the holiday season.

Italian actress Stefania Spampinato has landed a multi-episode arc on the upcoming seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. EW reports that the actress will play Carina DeLuca, the sister of Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), whose arrival as a new doc stirs up some family drama at the hospital. Grey’s Anatomy returns on Sept. 28.

Peter Krause has (ahem) caught on to another series after the cancellation of The Catch. The Parenthood actor will star opposite Angela Bassett in the new Ryan Murphy-produced procedural drama 9-1-1 for FOX. The series is expected to arrive in 2018.

Zosia Mamet and Lou Diamond Phillips have been cast in the upcoming season of FX’s You’re the Worst. Mamet will play Gretchen’s (Aya Cash) childhood friend Heidi who runs a roller skating rink, while Phillips has been cast as himself, playing a father figure to Becca and Lindsay that dated their mother 20 years ago.

Devious Maids actress Ana Ortiz has landed a role in the sixth season of The Mindy Project. EW reports that Ortiz will play a doctor at a competing women’s clinic who starts snagging Jody’s (Garrett Dillahunt) patients. Initially, he views her as a rival but in his attempts to take her down, he actually starts to becoming interested in her. The Mindy Project returns to Hulu on Sept. 12.

Star is adding to its cast for season 2. Deadline reports that Evan Ross will recur as a DJ named Angel who is a nephew to Jahil (Benjamin Bratt), while Mike Epps has been cast as a record label president who crosses the line with one of the girls.

Minka Kelly will guest star on the upcoming second season of CBS’ Bull. EW reports that Kelly will play the much younger wife of a media baron who finds herself on trial for his murder. Bull returns to the CBS schedule with new episodes beginning Sept. 26.

The second season of 13 Reasons Why will have a number of new faces. Variety reports that Anne Winters, Bryce Cass, Chelsea Alden, Allison Miller, Samantha Logan, Kelli O’Hara and Ben Lawson have joined the cast in recurring roles. The new season recently started production.

Aaron Eckhart has joined the cast of the new Amazon anthology series The Romanoffs. The Matthew Weiner-directed series has also cast Mad Men alums Christina Hendricks and John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Isabelle Huppert and Marthe Keller for roles. The series, which centers of people around the world believed to be descended from Russian royalty, is expected to debut in 2018.

That’s a Wrap: The Week in TV News

ha_11237_rgbAccording to Deadline, Samuel L. Jackson is about to make the rare dip into the TV waters. Jackson will reportedly star in Old Man, based on the Jonathan E. Steinberg crime thriller, as a widower named Dan Chase who harbors a dark secret. After a botched military operation in Libya 35 years prior, Chase went on the run attempting to escape those who wanted him dead. Now, in his older age and starting to feel safe, the onetime soldier finds himself back in the crosshairs. The series is currently being pitched to cable and streaming platforms.

Jackson isn’t the only film star venturing into TV, as Friends star Jennifer Aniston is reportedly in talks to star in her first series in over a decade, and a familiar Friends face may join her. Reese Witherspoon, who played Aniston’s sister on Friends, will reportedly co-star in the still untitled series that explores the world of morning shows and the New York media scene. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series is being shopped to cable and streaming platforms.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are teaming up to bring a new Boston-based drama series called City on a Hill to television, with Showtime reportedly being the favorite to land the show. The series will be based on the real life events known as “the Boston Miracle.” This fictional account will follow a Brooklyn-born African American district attorney and a hardened FBI vet who work together to bring down a family of armored car robbers.


Modern Family’s younger cast members just got a nice raise. Deadline reports that Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez have signed new two-year deals that will reportedly increase their salaries to over $100,000 per episode.

HBO offered a wealth of information this week. First up, things seem to be moving forward in a positive direction for the long-discussed Deadwood wrap-up revival. Also, the network has started making moves toward a potential third season of True Detective, with Oscar winner Mahershala Ali set to star should another season be greenlit. And HBO has approached author Liane Moriarty to “take a crack” at a second season of Big Little Lies after the positive returns for the limited series and cast interest in continuing the stories beyond the book adaptation.

HBO also announced that former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart will headline two comedy specials, his first stand-up specials since a 1996 special for HBO. Plus, the James Franco / Maggie Gyllenhaal series The Deuce about the rise of the porn culture in New York’s ’70s and ’80s, will premiere Sept. 10. And, the ninth season of the popular Curb Your Enthusiasm, will start up Oct. 1 with a guest cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Nick Offerman, Elizabeth Banks, Ed Begley Jr., Carrie Brownstein, Lauren Graham, Nasim Pedrad and Elizabeth Perkins.

TBS will keep the laughs coming with their Naked Gun-esque detective series Angie Tribeca. The show completed its third season earlier this summer and will return for a fourth season in 2018. Early word is that Bobby Cannavale will join the show as well in a yet-to-be-revealed role.

TBS has announced an Oct. 24 premiere for the new Tracy Morgan comedy series The Last O.G. The network also revealed that Drop the Mic will debut Oct. 26, while Season 2 of Search Party will start back up on Nov. 19.

Over at TNT, Animal Kingdom enjoyed a fierce second season and has been picked up by the network for Season 3. TNT also revealed that the Wonder Woman pair of director Patty Jenkins and actor Chris Pine will team up on the six-episode limited series One Day She’ll Darken, which centers on a young woman’s investigation into her birth that leads her down a path connected to a suspect in the infamous Black Dahlia murder and a disgraced reporter (Pine) who had previously investigated the suspect.

The upcoming fifth season of Vikings now has a premiere date, with the History Channel bringing it back Wednesday, Nov. 29 with a two-hour premiere.

SyFy network has reupped Wynonna Earp for a third season, which is expected to debut sometime in 2018.

NCIS has added a well-respected name to the cast, as Maria Bello is coming on board for Season 15 of the show. TV Line reports that Bello will premiere in the new season’s fourth episode as a commissioned second lieutenant with an expertise in forensic psychology who occasionally will butt heads with Gibbs (Mark Harmon). NCIS returns on Sept. 26.

Britt Robertson, fresh off the series Girlboss, has landed the lead role in the new Shonda Rhimes legal series For the People. Robertson replaces Britney Oldford, who was initially cast in the role and appears in the pilot. TV Line reports that the show, which also features Ben Rappaport and Anna Deavere Smith, is expected to arrive at midseason.

Also in “Shondaland,” Rosewood actress Jaina Lee Ortiz has landed a starring role in Rhimes‘ upcoming Grey’s Anatomy still-untitled spinoff based in the world of heroic firefighters. Deadline reports that the show will premiere at midseason after a Grey’s Anatomy episode that introduces several of the show’s characters.

Chicago P.D. has elevated Tracy Spiridakos to regular status for the upcoming fifth season of the NBC series. Spiridakos recurred during Season 4 as Det. Hailey Upton. The new season starts Sept. 27.

Emilie de Ravin will return for at least one episode of Once Upon a Time’s seventh season. EW reports that the actress who exited the show as Belle at the end of Season 6 will be back in the fourth episode of the new season to provide an update on her character.

Desmond Harrington has landed a recurring role in the upcoming sixth season of CBS’ Elementary. The former Dexter actor will reportedly play a recovering addict named Michael who once found inspiration in Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) who hopes to return the favor with the detective struggling in a time of need. Elementary returns to the CBS schedule in early 2018.

Lost alum Elizabeth Mitchell has joined the cast of The Expanse. TV Line reports that Mitchell’s recurring character will bring a spiritual perspective to the third season of the SyFy drama.

Zachary Knighton, who previous starred on ABC’s Happy Endings and Flash Forward, will have a major recurring role in the second season of Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet, according to Deadline.

NBC’s casting overhaul for the second season of Taken sees The Flash actress Jessica Camacho joining the cast. According to TV Line, Camacho will play Santana, a smart, rule-breaking former Army captain with a specialty in logistics. After undergoing significant cast changes, the network pushed the show’s second season to mid-season to allow for the changing story development.