Modern Family aquired by Sky 1

by Lisa McGarry


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.

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