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Is 'Modern Family' Really the Best-Directed Comedy on TV?

On Monday night, Gail Mancuso took home the Emmy for “Outstanding Direction for a Comedy Series” for her work the Modern Family season five episode “Las Vegas.” This was Mancuso’s second win in a row and the show’s fourth win in a row in this category. This year, Mancuso beat out Comedy Film School favorites Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham as well as seasoned film directors Jodie Foster (for Orange is the New Black) and Mike Judge (for Silicon Valley). Looking even further back, the last time a network show director, in which directing is historically more like house-painting than Picasso, lost to a cable director is in 2004, when [...]

Fred Armisen and Patton Oswalt to Appear on 'Modern Family'

The Modern Family cast and crew are filming a vacation episode in Las Vegas prior to their bigger trip to Australia next month, and both Fred Armisen and Patton Oswalt are set to guest star with them in Sin City. According to TV Guide, Armisen will play "one half of a gay couple who'll have fun with Mitch and Cam" named Langham, and Oswalt will play "a magician named Ducky Schindler who crosses paths with Phil." The episode will air on ABC sometime this spring, but Oswalt's already won this round for Best Modern Family Bit Character Name.

People Who Watch 'Modern Family' Make More Than Those Who Watch 'Bob's Burgers'

Viewers of ABC's Modern Family are the most affluent of network television watchers, while Bob's Burgers viewers are at the opposite end of the spectrum. The Wrap analyzed average median income of primetime viewers from Nielsen's data, and determined that the median income for viewers in the 18-49 demographic is $81,100 for Modern Family viewers, while Bob's Burgers viewers earn $48,800.

On the richer end of things, Parks and Recreation draws the second most affluent viewers with a median income of $81,000. Sitcoms The Goldbergs, The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother, New Girl, The Michael J. Fox Show, Super Fun Night, Trophy Wife, and The Middle all have viewers with a [...]

Talking to Megan Ganz about 'Modern Family', Finally Having Free Time, and Her Undying 'Community' Fandom

Longtime Community writer Megan Ganz, who joined Modern Family's writing staff midway through last season, is growing up. Gone are the all-nighters spent staring at the newly-reinstated Dan Harmon’s famed story circles. At her new job, Ganz can clock out at 6pm. She has a social life, side projects, and sleep. And bit by bit, she’s learning to write for ABC’s Emmy darling, which (to no one’s surprise) took home its fourth consecutive Outstanding Comedy Series award Sunday.

I recently caught up with Ganz for a long chat about moving from meta-humor to mockumentary, balancing work with everything else, and why she’ll never stop adoring Community from afar.

Executive Producers For All The Emmy-Nomitated Sitcoms Chatted Today

“Half the time the scripts [Louis] gives me, this is not funny at all. But now I know the comedy is going to come."

- Louie executive producer Blair Breard talking at the Variety Emmy Elite Showrunners Breakfast with fellow EPs Judd Apatow of Girls, Steve Molaro of The Big Bang Theory, Armando Iannucci of Veep, Jack Burditt of 30 Rock, and Danny Zuker of Modern Family

Iran's 'Modern Family' Ripoff Is an Exact Copy of the Original (Minus One Thing)

Via Time, here's a clip compilation comparing ABC's Modern Family with its Iranian knockoff Haft Sang. Aside from the obvious shot-for-shot resemblance, Haft Sang isn't quite modern enough to feature rebellious teen girls or gay couples yet, instead replacing Cameron with a woman and switching the daughters to sons.

'30 Rock' and 'Arrested Development' Are Among This Year's SAG Nominees

The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced this morning, and aside from the predictable love for Veep, The Big Bang Theory, and Modern Family, the actors on both 30 Rock's farewell season and Arrested Development's experimental Netflix run got recognized for their work in 2013. Winners will be announced at the live awards show on January 18th at 8:00PM on TNT and TBS; see below for the complete list of comedy-related nominees.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Jason Bateman, Arrested Development Ty Burrell, Modern Family Don Cheadle, House of Lies Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

The Cast of 'Modern Family' Played a Round of 'Family Feud' Last Night

The entire cast of Modern Family joined Jimmy Kimmel on his show last night, and in a stroke of cross-promotional genius, former game-show host Kimmel hosted the ABC television family on a special segment of Modern Family Feud, where the sibling Pritchetts took on their partners, the In-Laws. Below, watch the rest of the segment, and then Kimmel's interview with the cast, where apparently Eric Stonestreet is mid-way to a Dodgers game and Sofia Vergara brings a dance party wherever she goes.

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'Modern Family' Season 4 Out on DVD

Just as the series snags the win for this year’s Emmy for outstanding comedy series (once again), Modern Family releases its fourth season on DVD box set. Since its premier, the ABC show has won the hearts of TV enthusiast everywhere with its hilarity as well as with its attempt to grapple with the ever-evolving meaning of what “family” really means. After the 1980s, sitcoms slowly began straying away from family settings. We saw the gang at Cheers, we saw Friends at the Central Perk, and we saw Will & Grace living it up—and down—around Manhattan. While America faced lofty issues such as gay marriage, [...]

Adam DeVine from 'Workaholics' to Be a Recurring Guest Star on 'Modern Family'

Following appearances on Community and Arrested Development, Workaholics star/co-creator Adam DeVine is set to guest star on another big TV comedy: Modern Family. Vulture reports that DeVine will appear in several episodes of the ABC sitcom's upcoming fifth season, playing a nanny hired by Jay (Ed O'Neill) and Gloria (Sofia Vegara). In addition to his busy movie and TV schedule, DeVine recently shot a new Comedy Central standup show, Adam DeVine's House Party, that features 24 of his favorite comedians – spread across eight episodes – performing at a big party at his mansion.

ABC Cans ‘Trophy Wife’, Passes on Paul F. Tompkins and Molly Shannon, and More

ABC announced a bunch of changes last night, including some renewals, cancellations, and new series pickups. In the comedy sphere, freshman shows Trophy Wife and Mixology were both given the axe, while renewals were handed out to The Goldbergs, The Middle, and awards juggernaut Modern Family. New shows that have been picked up include Selfie from Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek, romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story, and a musical fairy tale-themed comedy called Galavant. While there are still several comedy pilots up for consideration, THR reports that the Paul F. Tompkins/Molly Shannon-starring series Bambi Cottages from Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan has been sadly passed over as well as [...]

'30 Rock', 'Parks and Rec', and All the Other Shows You'd Expect Get WGA Nominations

The Writers Guild of America announced the nominees for the 2014 WGA Awards in TV, and the list was full of few surprises. Usual suspects Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, and Veep made it into the Comedy Series category, also joined by newcomer Orange Is the New Black and departing 30 RockSimpsons and Futurama dominated the animation category, while Colbert, Conan, Kimmel, SNL, Daily Show, and Portlandia all took home variety series nominations.

Sure, shows like Archer, Bob's Burgers, Key & Peele, Eastbound & Down, Eagleheart, Always Sunny, Nathan For You, Comedy Bang! Bang!, GirlsBrooklyn Nine-Nine, and Always Sunny also deserve nominations and didn't get any whereas a lot [...]

There Might Be a 'Modern Family' Spin-off Starring Rob Riggle

Modern Family may be getting its very own spin-off. Deadline reports that ABC and studio 20th Century Fox have discussed several options for a spin-off to the multi-Emmy-winning series, including one starring Rob Riggle as his Modern Family character Gil Thorpe. Modern Family executive producers Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh would be likely to write and run the new series.

Riggle appeared in two episodes last season, playing an abrasive real estate rival to Ty Burrell's Phil. It's been a big week for Riggle; it was announced last week that he's playing two major roles in the upcoming Dumb and Dumber sequel.

All the Interesting Comedy Stuff that Happened at the Emmys

The zillionth annual Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles last night, and we weeded through the three-hour ceremony to pull anything interesting related to comedy that happened. Below, please find a full list of comedy winners and nominees from the ceremony (which is available in its entirety on CBS's website) and the clips of the best comedy moments from the event, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus's acceptance speech with help from her bodyman Tony Hale and Will Ferrell's closing bit.

As far as the awards winners go, there were very few surprises, which is pretty typical of the Emmys. Modern Family won for best comedy series for the fourth year [...]