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Modern Family [** SPOILERS **]

  • 09-09-2009 1:26pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 18,503 ✭✭✭✭ Also Starring LeVar Burton


    Anyone who's interested in getting a look at ABC's new comedy with Ed O'Neill, the pilot is currently doing the rounds in the usual places. ***Please, don't ask us where you can see the pilot, as we can't give the answer***

    I thought the pilot was hilarious. Very well written and some very funny moments. I think the series has a style very similar to the office or arrested development and really hope the first series does well ratings wise, because this will probably be one of my new favourites this season.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,906 J-blk


    Great stuff - though cheesy as hell, I always enjoyed old "Married with children" reruns, so it's good to see Ed O'Neill back in a comedy.

    BTW, the "official" US premiere is on Wednesday, September 23 so for anyone watching the pilot now, there will be about 3 weeks until a new episode.


  • Registered Users Posts: 43,489 ✭✭✭✭ Basq


    Aww Peg..!

    al.gif


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,588 JP Liz


    This fall’s funniest new comedy now boasts one of this fall’s biggest casting coups: Edward Norton!

    The two-time Oscar nominee has closed a deal to guest-star on ABC’s uproarious mockumentary Modern Family.

    In the November episode, Norton will play the bassist of a famous band whom Claire (Julie Bowen) hires as an anniversary surprise for husband Phil (Ty Burrell).

    What’s Norton’s Family connection? (C’mon, you knew there had to be one.) He and Burrell are longtime friends (the two co-starred in an Off-Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This and in the second reboot of The Incredible Hulk). Also, rumor has it Norton watched the Modern Family pilot and loved it to the point of obsession. We’re talking watching it multiple times and memorizing every line kind of obsession.

    You can see what all the fuss is about when Modern Family debuts Wednesday, Sept. 23.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,588 JP Liz


    Modern Family’s a hit!

    The funniest new comedy of the fall attracted 12.7 million viewers in its debut last night.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,192 TarfHead


    Just finished watching the premiere.

    Good. A good new comedy. Maybe, in time, great. For now, it's one I'll continue to watch.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 43,489 ✭✭✭✭ Basq


    Great pilot!

    Damn fine cast of comedic actors.. with a very witty script and a suprisingly original idea.

    I'm very impressed!

    "Moar puhlease!"


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,906 J-blk


    Dunno, found it incredibly slow paced for ~ 25 minute show with practically no laughs at all. Can't really see why it's getting good reviews and all but now that the basic setup is out of the way, we'll see how it develops...


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,192 TarfHead


    J-blk wrote: »
    Dunno .. incredibly slow paced .. practically no laughs at all ..

    WTF :eek: !
    Why The Face :P


  • Registered Users Posts: 43,489 ✭✭✭✭ Basq


    J-blk wrote: »
    Dunno, found it incredibly slow paced for ~ 25 minute show with practically no laughs at all. Can't really see why it's getting good reviews and all but now that the basic setup is out of the way, we'll see how it develops...
    Simply put, it was an intelligent well-observed and intelligent comedy - not dumbed down like the comedies coming out of the US of late.

    On reflection, Ty Burrell (Phil) was the star of the pilot!

    "I'm cool dad, that's my thang. I'm hip, I surf the web, I text. LOL: laugh out loud, OMG: oh my god, WTF: why the face"

    EDIT: Snap Tarfhead! :D

    EDIT 2: Wait a second..
    J-blk wrote:
    Great stuff - though cheesy as hell, I always enjoyed old "Married with children" reruns, so it's good to see Ed O'Neill back in a comedy.
    J-blk wrote: »
    Dunno, found it incredibly slow paced for ~ 25 minute show with practically no laughs at all. Can't really see why it's getting good reviews and all but now that the basic setup is out of the way, we'll see how it develops...
    Eh... split personality, J-blk?!


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 21,634 Richard Dower


    I watched both Cougar Town and Modern Family....i disliked Cougar, no interest....wheras Modern made me laugh, it had interesting characters and very offbeat stuff. So yes i think this may be the show to follow....one hopes it dosen't fall apart in subsequent episodes.


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 21,634 Richard Dower


    Can i add i have always thought Julie Bowen could pull off comedy, she has the face for it...even though she's hot!

    She did quite well in Ed etc.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,906 J-blk


    basquille wrote: »
    Eh... split personality, J-blk?!

    Nope, the original post was made when the pilot leaked and I was indeed looking forward to it, it had positive buzz early on and Ed O'Neill back in a comedy sounded promising.

    The "cheesy as hell" bit was in reference to "Married with Children", not "Modern Family"...

    I never got around to watching the pre-air though, so I only watched the "official" pilot yesterday and wasn't impressed by it. Yes, it is possible that some people don't like every single show everyone else likes...

    I'll still give it a chance though, pilots can easily be pretty weak and in setting up a premise, get wasted a lot of the time IMO. But on the pilot alone, I'm not exactly thrilled about it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,503 ✭✭✭✭ Also Starring LeVar Burton


    Had another look at episode one, and it's even funnier the second time. It's incredibly refreshing to see an intellectual comedy come out of the US. Really looking forward to the next episode. This is easily my favourite new show of the season at the moment.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,918 ✭✭✭ Poochie05


    Just a heads up to those of us who don't have cousins in America, this is listed in Digiguide as starting on Sky 1 on 15 October.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,503 ✭✭✭✭ Also Starring LeVar Burton


    Poochie05 wrote: »
    Just a heads up to those of us who don't have cousins in America, this is listed in Digiguide as starting on Sky 1 on 15 October.

    @8.00pm if I'm not mistaken.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,083 lostexpectation


    its a bit like that thing on bbc1


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 32,866 ✭✭✭✭ MagicMarker


    its a bit like that thing on bbc1
    Eastenders?

    Watched the pilot today, thought it was alright. I don't think I've ever seen a pilot that has been brilliant but there's always improvement with each episode, and this one has a lot of potential!


  • Registered Users Posts: 43,489 ✭✭✭✭ Basq


    its a bit like that thing on bbc1
    Jesus.. narrow it down, which "thing"?!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,083 lostexpectation


    erm that thing with yerman from mock the week


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,828 ✭✭✭ dubmick


    excellent new comedy.
    Why the face
    lol


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,083 lostexpectation


    the young family bits are like with "Outnumbered" and add arrested development, ill watch it for jule bowen


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 21,634 Richard Dower


    Yeah Julie Bowen is a good-un.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,503 ✭✭✭✭ Also Starring LeVar Burton


    Episode 2 was excellent. Good to see all the humour wasn't used up in the pilot.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,011 ✭✭✭ gazzer


    I love the gay couple in it. The bit where they 'announced' the new baby was hilarious.

    The guy in the gay couple who is related to the family is played by a great comic actor. He was very good in a show called The Class which for some bizzare reason was cancelled after 17 episodes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,906 J-blk


    Well, I wasn't impressed by the pilot but this episode was great - definitely showing potential now.

    I liked all three aspects to the story as well and it had some great lines:

    - "Meryl Streep could play Batman and she'd be the right choice".
    - "He keeps us grounded". "Yeah, like fog in an airport" :).

    Ty Burell was great - best part of the episode. "Classic me" :).

    I'm glad to see it's much better than I originally thought. None of the other new comedies have been too promising so far (Community is getting better too, but the jury is still out on that one).


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 21,634 Richard Dower


    Had the reverse effect, thought second ep. not as funny as the first....but the super hot Brandy MILF made up for it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,828 ✭✭✭ dubmick


    Sky One are showing this from the 15th of October. Really loving it so far, very funny comedy.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,588 JP Liz


    Its one of the better new comedies


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,503 ✭✭✭✭ Also Starring LeVar Burton


    3rd episode is fantastic as well. The entire cast are excellent, even the kids. Manny was hilarious in this episode and loved the whole Jay/Phil storyline this week.
    I really like the format of the show... the interview style works really well.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,067 L31mr0d


    Yeah it's very good imo. Kinda like a cross between the Office (US) and Arrested Development (if at least 1 or 2 of the characters where likable)

    Setups are a little predictable but the writing and acting is top notch


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