LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 15: The Casting of Modern Ancestors forth with appearance runners appear ABC … [ ] Celebrates The 200th Adventure Of “Modern Family” at Fox Studios on November 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)
Back in January 2010 at the National Association of Television Critics Association (NATPE) appointment in Las Vegas, arguably the hottest console presented, chastened by myself, was a appointment with the casting of ABC’s Modern Family. Aloof four months beforehand the ball premiered to accepted accolades and cogent admirers sampling, authoritative it one of the better hit alternation in any brand in years.
“My prediction,” I said, as I alien the casting associates of Modern Family, “was a 10-year run.”
Technically, I was one division short. Modern Ancestors enjoyed an 11-season stint, authoritative it the third longest-running arrangement ball in television history (behind The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, M*A*S*H, The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men; and – excluding reboots – angry with Cheers and Frasier).
Debuting on September 23, 2009, Modern Ancestors opened at a time aback there was no agenda programming to attempt with. Cable was booming, consistent in all-embracing advertisement arrangement admirers abrasion anniversary season. And its absolute arrangement antagonism was not all that easy. It initially faced accustomed abomination dramas Criminal Minds on CBS and Law & Order: SVU on NBC, and the new appearance on Fox creating absolutely a bit of aboriginal buzz, agreeable dramedy Glee. Then there was Fox’s American Idol, which was aback every midseason.
Since ABC in acute charge of a hit ball at the time, the arrangement did article absolutely aberrant that fall. It featured four new Wednesday night 8-10 p.m. ET comedies: Hank, starring Kelsey Grammer; The Middle; Modern Family; and Cougar Town. In added words, Modern Ancestors did not accept accustomed countdown support. It faced three appalling arrangement series. And, the alone affair that would set it afar would be the appearance itself. It would accept to angle on its own from the get-go.
Needless to say, it did. From that memorable arena in the pilot episode, area agitated Cam (Eric Stonesteet) accidentally locks babyish Lily in the car, to this final installment, Modern Family, told in mockumentary style, offered the comical, yet relatable, account of a ancestors any of us could accept been allotment of. On paper, Jay Pritchett’s (Ed O’Neill) additional alliance to abundant adolescent Gloria (Sofia Vergara) ability accept seemed a bit of a amplitude (at the alpha of the series, O’Neill was 63 and Vergara 37). But their allure was anon apparent. And so was the acknowledging players: Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell as Claire and Phil Dunphy; Jesse Tyler Ferguson and above Eric Stonetreet as brace Mitchell Pritchett and Camerson Tucker; and the three couple’s offspring.
While there was allocution of a aftereffect alternation featuring Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, that never sufaced. So, tonight we offically bid conge this continued clan, which normalized any blazon of relationship, on Modern Ancestors afterwards 250 episodes.
“There is aloof article about these people, this cast, that aloof fits like an old shoe,” I anamnesis Ed O’Neill cogent me on date at NATPE aback I inquired why Jay and Gloria are so accordant admitting the ample age difference. “Anything goes, I guess, and what this appearance does is abode the amusing norms of the times.”