Modern Family season three coming to Sky One

by Lisa McGarry

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It’s welcome back to the Dunphys, Pritchetts and Pritchett-Tuckers as MODERN FAMILY returns for what promises to be an even more laugh-filled season from Friday 23 September at 9.00pm on Sky 1 HD.

Sometimes a show comes along that just gets everything right, and, after two seasons, Modern Family is still that show. Impeccably cast and boasting 24-carat comedy gold writing, it swings from the slapstick – Phil and that step – to the stingingly sharp, and is more than a dab hand at scenes filled with dewy-eyed poignancy.

It’s no surprise that the award-scooping sitcom is set to add to its collection of statuettes at this year’s Emmys®, leading the way with 17 nominations, including Best Comedy Series and a near sweep of the Supporting Comedy Actor category. What can we expect from outing number three? More of the same please.

Last season, Cam and Mitchell decided to add another member to their clan by adopting a second baby. But when MODERN FAMILY returns, they’ll start having some doubts — that is until some throws out the words “dude” and “ranch.”

In the hour long season opener, Dude Ranch, the Pritchett-Dunphy brood will undergo a big cowboy adventure. After Phil’s (Ty Burrell) Family Camp idea gets shot down, everyone goes to a dude ranch. Hawaii, it’s definitely not. But Phil will find a silver-lining to the adventure. Executive producer, Christopher Lloyd says: “He it will be a chance for him to once again demonstrate to Jay (Ed O’Neill) that he is a worthy son-in-law.”

The dude ranch might be just what Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner, Eric Stonestreet) need too. They make a big decision – to adopt a baby boy! – but then start to have some uncertainty about whether they have what it takes to raise the little guy and a dude ranch sounds like a good way for them to (re)discover their macho side.

Universally praised, MODERN FAMILY has been described as “…an immaculate piece of work” by The Guardian; “Smarter, tighter and better written than any other popular equivalent over here” by The Sunday Times Culture; “… the brightest star in the pay-TV sky… masterful and adorably funny” by Radio Times; and “Challenging The Simpsons for the title of America’s Funniest Family” by Heat.

Smash hit US sitcom THE MIDDLE also returns for a third season on Friday 23 September at 7.00pm on Sky 1 HD as part of ‘COMEDY FRIDAY’ that also includes AN IDIOT ABROAD, plus will soon be joined by a new series of A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN and new British comedy, SPY.

Proving a huge hit with viewers, the Heck’s have cemented themselves as a firm family favourite and THE MIDDLE is back with even more mishaps and quirky adventures as they muddle through everyday life. Series three kicks off with a special one-hour installment featuring guest star Ray Romanoplaying a character called Nicky Kohlbrenner. Re-uniting him with his Everybody Loves Raymond co-star Patricia Heaton (Frankie), it turns out that Nicky was responsible for ruining Frankie and husband Mike’s (Neil Flynn) honeymoon. Chord Overstreet (Glee) will also be starring in season three, getting caught up in the escapades of teenage jock Axl (Charlie McDermott), the hapless Sue (Eden Sher) and oddball Brick (Atticus Shafer).

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