Modern News #14 – August 2011 Edition

While we wait till Modern Family returns with season 3 on September 21st, 2011, Geek4TV will keep you updated with all news about the show, the cast and crew during the summer hiatus. This is our August 2011 Edition of Modern News.

Check lots of new spoilers from the new season, a brand new group photo and promo from season 3, Eric Stonestreet’s new project, find out which Modern Family actor will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the return of a previous guest star, news on Nolan Gould’s Comic-Con visit, Ty Burrell’s new movie, the location of the season 3 premiere, Sofia Vergara’s movie The Smurfs, plus more.


August 28th, 2011:

  • Here’s the first group photo released for season 3, which features the whole family climbing a stairway plus the introduction of new Baby Lily.
  • Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet is attached to star as Arbuckle in The Day the Laughter Stopped, an HBO Films project in development that is being written by John Adams scribe Kirk Ellis with Barry Levinson attached to direct. The project, based on the book of the same name by David A. Yallop, promises to detail how, virtually overnight, false accusations of rape and murder against Arbuckle transformed one of the most popular and highest paid Hollywood stars into a showbiz pariah. Source
  • Watch a promo for season 3 of Modern Family.

August 16th, 2011:

  • On Aug. 30, Ed O’Neil will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his career. To deliver his Walk of Fame induction speeches, O’Neill has enlisted his television wives from his two most-popular TV series: Katey Sagal from “Married With Children” and Sofia Vergara from “Modern Family.” Congratulations for this achievement. Source

August 14th, 2011:

  • Benjamin Bratt will return to Modern Family this season. Bratt’s Javier — ex-husband of Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and absentee father of Manny (Rico Rodriguez) — will spend a day at the races with the Pritchett-Delgado clan. Source
  • Actor Tim Blake Nelson, most recognized for his role in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, has been signed to play Hank, a cowboy of few words who “intimidates the guys and sends the girls’ hearts a-twitter,” adds Lloyd. “He influences the various family members in different ways and gives them all nicknames.” Source

August 1st , 2011:

  • AOL TV collected some tweets from Nolan Gould’s twitter about his San Diego Comic-Con’s trip. Check them out here.
  • Ty Burrell’s new movie Butter, directed by Jim Field Smith, will premiere on TIFF. Here’s the description of the movie: “Set in the highly competitive world of championship butter carving, Butter blends social commentary, outrageous comedy and heartfelt drama in telling the story of the ambitious Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), the self-anointed First Lady of Butter Carving. Also stars Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Yara Shahidi and Hugh Jackman.” Source
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming, will be the setting for the 1 hour premiere of Modern Family’ season 3. Source
  • Don’t forget to watch The Smurfs, Sofia Vergara’s new movie, which was released on July 29th.  The 2011 3D live-action/CGI family film is based on The Smurfs comic book series created by Peyo and the 1980s animated TV series it spawned. Vergara plays Odile, an executive at a French cosmetics company who is the boss of Patrick Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris). It also stars Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria, and Tim Gunn.



August 14th, 2011:

  • Christopher Lloyd, one of the creators of the show, revealed to TV Line, some spoilers about future storylines for season 3, which is currently in production. For more information, check TV Line.


  • On the next Christmas episode, family dynamics get shaken up: Gloria with Luke, Phil with Manny, Mitchell with Alex.
  • After Phil’s Family Camp idea gets shot down, everyone goes to a dude ranch for the hour-long season premiere, which was shot in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
  • In one episode, Haley and Alex will find themselves in the same math class and “hating it.”


  • Meet the new Toddler Lily on ABC’s Modern Family. She’s 4-year-old Aubrey Anderson-Emmons and she’ll play the adopted daughter of Cameron (Eric Stonestreet, pictured) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) this fall. In the past two season, Lily was played by Jaden and Ella Hiller, the docile twins. Source

August 1st, 2011:

  • Cocreator Steven Levitan tellsTV Guide one fall episode will find Phil taking his daughter, now a high school senior, on a college scouting trip to his alma mater. Source

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