Posts tagged Modern Family
A few weeks ago I posted my list of five actors who help make their shows that little bit better!
Well today it’s time for the reverse… five characters who do nothing but drag down their respective series. To be fair it’s often not the fault of the actors themselves – but more the general dreariness of the roles themselves, all of which certainly get me reaching for the remote.
Take a read – and let me know if you agree with my choices…!
Wow – who saw that one coming?
As you may have read in the trades there’s behind the scenes drama on the set of Modern Family as the cast of the hit ABC sitcom have essentially gone out on strike.
Five of the adult cast members – Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitch), Ty Burrell (Phil), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron), Julie Bowen (Claire) and Sofia Vergara (Gloria) failed to turn up for a scheduled table read of the show’s latest script – presumably the season 4 opener. And rumor has it that Ed O’Neill (Jay) may soon follow suit. Plus the 5 are now suing 20th Century Fox, the show’s producers, seeking to be released from their exising contracts.
Here’s the backstory. As is usual with sitcom cast members, the 6 stars signed up for 5-year contracts when they first started working on Modern Family back in 2009. Ed O’Neill – initially the show’s biggest star – reportedly received a fee of $100,000 an episode – while the rest of the cast made ‘just’ $65,000. Now all six apparently want a payout of around $200,000 per show – in line with what the cast of The Big Bang Theory make.
Okay so here’s my take!More >
Yes, it’s that time of the year again where I pick my top shows of the last 12 months. Many shows – New Girl, The Borgias, Homeland, Nurse Jackie – almost made the list. But in the end there could be only 10… here they are!
REVENGE: There were shows this year with better writing, better directing and better acting. But NOTHING on our screens in 2011 was as ridiculously entertaining as Revenge, the season’s most surprising new hit.
Who would have thought that the primetime soap opera would make a comeback in 2011 and that its story of rich people receiving their comeuppance would seem quite so timely. Revenge has been perfectly played since episode one – hooking us into Emily Thorne’s grand plans to avenge herself on the Grayson family – led by the wonderfully icy matriarch Victoria (Madeline Stowe).
But Revenge has also done a wonderful job of surrounding Emily with a series of equally gripping storylines. There’s grasping social climber Tyler who’s gradually becoming more and more unhinged, bisexual billionaire Nolan who helps fund Emily’s schemes, reformed party boy Daniel who may be the key to Emily’s undoing and the Poison Ivy-like Amanda who’s out to cause a whole heap More >
Last week I watched the latest episode of Modern Family (the episode where Phil and Jay coach Manny’s basketball team) and a sudden thought struck me. Am I laughing with gay couple, Cameron and Mitchell, or laughing at them? In a nutshell, is the freshest comedy show on TV starting to play into a few age-old gay stereotypes? Maybe…
Now before I kick off I’ll say that overall I really like Modern Family. While most TV comedies barely make me smile, Family has at least 3 big laughs per episode. From a production point of view it’s very well written, skillfully juggles its multiple storylines – it amazes me how each character is so well defined and gets equal screen time, and the cast are pure pros (it’s hard to pick a favorite but if pushed I’d have to opt for Sofia Vergara’s Gloria who’s pretty much non-stop hilarious. Manny’s a close second though!)
But over the last couple of episodes I’ve found myself growing a little uncomfortable while watching Cameron and Mitchell in action. This week uptight Mitchell found himself up for an amazing job after recently quitting his position at a local law firm. Emotional Cameron accompanied him to the interview, at the More >